Maritime and Shipping

Norton White has the leading shipping practice in Australia.  Norton White advises on all aspects of maritime activity with a wide national and international client base including representation of the world’s leading Protection and Indemnity Associations, shipowners, charterers, salvors, shipbuilders, insurers and reinsurers, brokers, banks, freight forwarders and ship’s agents.  We are acknowledged by our peers for our experience in this area of law and have acted in many major cases.

Our Maritime and Shipping team members have international expertise gained through secondments to similar specialist practices in London and some of our team members are legally qualified in England and Wales.

We provide advice in relation to the following matters:

  • admiralty claims, arrest and ownership disputes
  • arbitration and mediation
  • bills of lading
  • charter party disputes
  • carriage of goods, cargo shortage, contamination and damage
  • casualties, collision, fire and strandings
  • charterparty drafting
  • competition law
  • conference and consortia agreements
  • contracts of affreightment
  • industrial relations and secondary boycotts
  • liner shipping
  • limitation of liability
  • marine and personal insurance
  • offshore oil and gas exploration and supply services
  • personal injury
  • pollution and environmental issues
  • port operations
  • salvage, total loss and wreck removal
  • seizure of fishing vessels
  • ship sale, purchase, building and repair
  • towage and pilotage