David specialises in maritime dispute resolution and international trade with over 20 years of experience in all types of wet and dry shipping matters. He has experience in collision, salvage and pollution cases as well as charterparty and contract of affreightment disputes. He advises ship-owner salvors, charterers, freight forwarders and P&I clubs. Before qualifying as a lawyer, David served as a deck apprentice and deck officer with the Cunard Steamship Company. Whilst as sea David served on various types of commercial vessels including container ships, oil tankers and refrigeration cargo ships. He is familiar with Admiralty procedure including the arrest and release of vessels. He has on many occasions negotiated security wording in order to facilitate the release of arrested vessels.
David’s non-contentious experience includes negotiating a wide variety of complex commercial contracts including those concerning infrastructure projects and trans-shipment contracts for a large iron ore export projects in South Australia. He has also negotiated and drafted many forms of charterparties, letters of guarantee and other commercial contracts.
David has handled legal work in many jurisdictions including the UK, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, India, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, and Korea.