is Head of HFW's Shipping & Offshore Energy group in Australia. He has more than 25 years’ experience advising on contentious and non-contentious matters concerning offshore oil & gas installations, commercial shipping and international trade.
His work in the oil & gas and shipping sectors includes advising on all forms of charterparties, ship/offshore installation sale & purchase and construction, Australian regulatory schemes and port/terminal operations.
Gavin 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, berth damage, ITF boycotts, OH&S prosecutions and Port State Control issues.