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MLAANZ & ALSA present
'The Practice of Maritime Law in Australia'

Are you a graduating law student? Have you ever considered a career in Maritime law? Join us to find out about the exciting opportunities available to you. An informative evening followed by networking opportunities with industry leaders.

Location: Ashurst Australia, Level 26 181 Williams St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Date: 8 July 2019

Time: 5:45 pm for a 6:00 pm start

Dress code: Corporate



Matthew Harvey

Victorian Bar

Matthew Harvey is a barrister at the Victorian Bar with over 20 years’ experience.  He is recognised as one of Australia’s leading barristers in the areas of shipping law and insolvency law.  He is listed in Chambers Asia Pacific, Best Lawyers and Doyle’s Guide.

He is a past President of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand. He appears regularly in the Federal Court of Australia, Supreme Court of Victoria, and in international and domestic arbitrations. 

He has been appointed to arbitrate a number of disputes and has delivered several awards.

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Michelle Taylor

Partner in the Shipping & Transport Team at Colin Biggers & Paisley

Michelle is a Partner in the Shipping & Transport Team at Colin Biggers & Paisley based in Brisbane with more than 20 years' experience in maritime, transport and insurance law.  In particular, Michelle has extensive shipping experience in casualty and pollution issues, ship building matters and maritime industry related disputes in the Asia Pacific region. In admiralty, she is skilled in ship arrest and the judicial sale of ships. Michelle's casualty experience includes 3 of the most significant maritime incidents in Australian and NZ waters - "Shen Neng 1", "Rena" and "APL Sydney".  Michelle is the Qld Chair of the Maritime Law Association of Australia & New Zealand (MLAANZ), is Australian Vice President of the Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) and is on the Port of Brisbane Welfare Committee.

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Daivd Goodwin

Victorian University

Associate Professor David Goodwin is an academic and a Barrister, with a long association with the maritime sector. In his corporate career prior to entering academia, Dr Goodwin held positions with leading Australian shipping businesses BHP Transport and the Australian National Line, working as a corporate lawyer and in public policy roles. He has also run shipping businesses. From 2005 to 2010 Dr Goodwin was based in Singapore as Vice President Corporate Affairs of Neptune Orient Lines Ltd, operator of the APL business, then the world’s fifth largest container shipping company. Dr Goodwin is currently Head, Industry and External Engagement with Victoria University, where he teaches and researches in the fields of business ethics and corporate governance, as well as business law. He maintains a commercial practice as a Barrister, specialising in maritime and international trade law. Dr Goodwin is currently on the federal executive of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand.


Clinton McKenzie

Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s General Counsel

Clinton McKenzie is the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s General Counsel and heads up AMSA’s Office of Legal Counsel. Prior to joining AMSA, Clinton was a partner of DLA Phillips Fox and a member of DLA Phillips Fox's government law team. Prior to joining DLA Phillips Fox, Clinton was Legal Counsel in the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. Prior to joining the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Clinton served in the Australian Defence Force.

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Tom Morrison

Associate at HFW Australia

Tom graduated with Bachelors of Arts/Laws from the Australian National University in 2014. After finishing university he worked in Hong Kong for six months at a Hong Kong listed ship owner/operator where I worked in operations and chartering of dry bulk vessels. Tom then moved back to Melbourne and continued in that role for a further eighteen months. He then started legal practice at a boutique shipping and aviation practice in Sydney. Since the beginning of 2018 Tom has been working as an Associate in HFW"s Melbourne office as part of their shipping team. His role is largely litigation based and is currently working on two cases relating to animal cruelty charges that stem from the export of livestock from Tasmania to Melbourne as well as various contamination of cargo claims.

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Joesph Nicholls

Corporate Counsel for ANL Container Line Pty Ltd

Joseph Nicholls, is a lawyer specialising in commercial maritime law. Joseph has approximately 6 years post qualification experience, gained at an international insurer, private practice and most recently as in house counsel for a global shipping line.

Joseph has a passion for shipping and marine related matters, with broad experience in front end commercial matters, contract negotiation (bill of lading/ charter party and stevedoring agreements), and multi-party cross border disputes relating to both cargo and vessel interests.

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