Civil Courts

I represent and give advice to clients on all aspects of civil court matters.

I have acted on the court record as the West Australian agent for legal firms in the Eastern States of Australia, as well as those located internationally.

I have appeared regularly as Counsel:

  • Before Judges, Masters and Registrars in the Supreme Court;
  • Before Judges and Registrars in the District Court; and
  • Before the Federal Magistrate and Registrars in the Federal Magistrates Court

The cases I have conducted cover a broad range of disciplines. The subject matter of commercial litigation disputes I have handled include the following areas:

  • Accountancy
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Business and Consumer
  • Debt collection and issue of Bankruptcy Notice and Statutory Demand
  • Engineering
  • Franchising
  • Insurance
  • Labour Hire
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Marine
  • Medical
  • Mining Oil and Gas
  • Real Estate
  • Risk management and personal injury prevention
  • Review and challenge to decisions made by statutory bodies ie Registration Boards

My cases range from a single claimant and defendant to those involving multiple parties with complex legal and factual issues, where significant sums of money are at stake. My focus is on resolving cases as soon as possible. I have successfully used early resolution techniques and negotiated settlement of many claims before issuing court proceedings, or at mediation, or pre-trial conference.

Even where there are novel aspects of a case, or a business, I can assimilate the technical aspects in order to provide clients with the best service. I am also able to source and manage expert witnesses in support of the case.

Commercial

I have sound experience in:

  • Interpretation of contracts and legal documents
  • Drafting of documents including terms and conditions, insurance and indemnity provisions, partnership agreements, Wills
  • Negotiating the form of documents to safeguard clients interests

My approach is to achieve a form of document that clearly expresses the wishes of the parties and with a minimum of legal jargon.

Maritime

I have been instructed by P&I Clubs (for instance the UK P&I Club and Assuranceforeningen Skuld), insurers, freightforwarders, owners and contractors, on a variety of matters including claims relating to issues of seaworthiness, salvage claims, ship arrest, cargo contamination and damages claims, interstate and international multi modal carriage and marine insurance. I have also defended economic loss claims arising out of the use of fishing vessels.

My first assignment in Western Australia was the successful defence of multi-million proceedings against owners of the vessel Kirki.

On 21 July 1991, the Greek tanker Kirki lost its bow off the coast of Western Australia (WA). During the incident and the subsequent tow of the tanker to a safe haven some 17,280 tonnes of light crude was lost. Serious pollution of the West Australian coast was avoided due to the dual combination of severe weather conditions and the effects of the Leeuwin Current in dispersing the 7,900 tonnes of oil lost during the initial stages of the spill off Cervantes and Jurien Bay. The response to the Kirki spill involved in excess of 100 experts in salvage, pollution clean-up and Emergency Response Division.

(Source AMSA)

The case established a principle regarding the irregularity of proceedings, which is still relied upon in the "Red Book" which is a guide to Court procedure used by all legal practitioners in civil proceedings in Western Australia.

Generally

I like to tailor my services to suit the specific needs of my clients, which I canvass immediately I am instructed to act. I am well used to reporting to strict requirements and in an intelligible form to both sophisticated and non-sophisticated users of legal services.