A consultant at Hicksons, Derek leads the transport and trade team and has more than 35 years’ experience advising on all aspects of international shipping, transport, logistics and trade law, including disputes, transactions and regulation.
His clients include ship, plane, train and road haulage owners, charterers, freight forwarders, stevedores, terminal operators, shipbuilders, exporters, importers, commodity traders, primary producers and manufacturers.
Derek has handled some of Australia’s leading cases involving all areas of the transport, trade, commodities, logistics and energy industries and is an acknowledged leader in commercial dispute resolution.
He is a former chairman of the maritime and land transport law committee of the International Bar Association and is regularly listed as one of the world’s leading shipping lawyers in the Who’s Who of International Shipping and other industry publications.
Derek holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws and was admitted as a solicitor in 1976.