Gavin Vallely has more than 20 years’ experience advising on contentious and non-contentious matters concerning commercial shipping, offshore oil and gas, and international trade. His work in the shipping sector includes advising on all forms of charter parties, ship sale and purchase and construction, Australian regulatory schemes (including HSE, coastal shipping and customs) and port and terminal operations. He has acted for the operators of vessels, offshore installations and terminals in respect of numerous casualty and pollution incidents, managing the response to investigations by government authorities and the defence of any related criminal and civil proceedings. He has also acted in several major claims in respect of damage to cargo (including petroleum products, chemicals, fertiliser and grain cargoes), berth damage, ITF boycotts, OH&S prosecutions and port state control issues.