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Gavin Vallely

Holman Fenwick Willan (Melbourne)


Gavin has more than 20 years’ experience advising on contentious and non-contentious matters concerning offshore oil and gas installations, commercial shipping and international trade. His work in the oil and gas and shipping sectors includes advising on all forms of charterparties (include rigs and OSVs), ship/offshore installation sale and purchase and construction, Australian regulatory schemes (including HSE, coastal shipping and Customs) and port/terminal operations. He has acted for the operators of offshore installations, vessels and terminals in respect of numerous casualty and pollution incidents, managing the response to investigations by governmental authorities and the defence of any related criminal and civil proceedings. He has also acted in several major claims arising from offshore offtake operations as well as P&I claims in respect of damage to cargo (eg, contamination of petroleum products, chemicals, fertiliser and grain cargoes), berth damage, ITF boycotts, OH&S prosecutions and Port State Control issues. Gavin also has extensive experience advising on state and federal regulatory and taxation matters arising from the trading foreign flagged tonnage on the Australian coast, including the federal government's recent coastal shipping reform legislation. He also advises trading companies and banks in respect of their commodities contracts and related letter of credit/payment enforcement issues.

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