Our Marine and Transport Team provides a broad range of legal services to the insurers of shipping, road, rail, logistics, mining and trading commodities across Australia, New Zealand and globally.

Our team, led by Naraya Lamart and including Aisha Lala, advise on policy drafting and coverage, as well as significant litigated and non-litigated insurance matters across the marine and transport industries.

Our experience spans casualty crisis management, ship arrests, judicial sales of vessels, cargo claims, marine insurance advisory work, logistics and chain of responsibility advisory work, and charterparty litigation and negotiation. We also advise on insolvency in a shipping context and cross-border transactions, including Incoterms, sales contracts and world trade and sanctions issues, as well as traditional disputes involving land-based transport under trade, transport, shipping and maritime insurance law.

This includes acting for insurers in claims and recoveries such as:

Multiple mobile plant and machinery claims in NZ

Advising the insurer on issues including double insurance, leased / hired plant insurance, reasonable care conditions, consequential loss, business interruption claims, and the effect of ss9 and 11 Insurance Law Reform Act 1977.

$8 million+ collision at a container terminal

A recovery action on behalf of the insurer following a barge colliding with a container terminal gentry crane causing damages in excess of $8 million.

$5 million+ damage to coal terminal

A recovery action in excess of $5 million in relation to damaged berths at the insured’s coal terminal following impact damage from a work platform during severe weather conditions.

$2 million action against the operator of a tug boat

A recovery against the operator of a tug boat that collided with a wharf causing damage in the vicinity of $2 million.

With Australia and New Zealand reliant on maritime transport for their international trade, engaging a team that thoroughly understands international trade and shipping law, together with the relevant mediation and arbitration regimes is a must. That’s where our alliance with Legalign Global brings real advantages to our global insurance clients, providing them with global solutions to meet their increasingly global needs.