Level 39, Bourke Place
600 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Office Telephone: +61 (0)3 8601 4500
Office Fax: +61 (0)3 8601 4555
Direct Dial (Melbourne): +61 (0)3 8601 4554
Mobile: +61 (0)488 246 330
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Simon has significant expertise in shipping and maritime law, offshore energy and international trade.
He handles a wide range of shipping and maritime cases, including disputes relating to marine casualties, charterparties, shipbuilding contracts, marine insurance, bills of lading and cargo damage, as well as commodity trade issues. He regularly represents domestic and international shipping and trading interests in litigation, arbitration, mediation and commercial negotiations.
Simon's energy experience includes issues in the construction, chartering, operation and insurance of drilling rigs, FPSOs and FSOs, FSRUs, other surface and subsea installations, and a wide range of offshore support vessels. Simon is familiar with the oil & gas industry, including the LNG sector. He deals with incidents offshore, and regulatory issues including pollution/environmental, licensing and safety.
Simon has considerable international experience, having advised on projects in Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia, the North Sea, Brazil and West Africa. He acts in cross-border litigation and international arbitrations, including several large and technical disputes concerning FPSOs and drilling rigs. He also has significant expertise in OSV chartering. Simon has recently advised on FSRU projects in Australia and associated regulatory issues.
Simon is recognised as a "shipping and marine disputes specialist" by Legal500 in 2019, and as a "rising star" in Doyles Guide for Transport 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Simon is qualified in both Australia and England, and worked for several years in HFW's London office.