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David Coogans
David Coogans
Partner
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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.

› view experience and qualifications
Experience
2011
Holman Fenwick Willan, Sydney Australia
2009
Coogans & Co., Sydney Australia
2005
P&O Cruises Australia
1989
Richards Butler, Hong Kong
1976
Cunard Steamship Company
Education
1985
College of Law, Chancery Lane, London, Solicitors Final Examinations
1984
Anglia University, England, BA (Hons)
1980
Riversdale College, Liverpool, England, British 2nd Deck Officer's Certificate of Competency
Professional Admissions / Qualifications
1987 England and Wales
1989 Hong Kong
1991 Australia
Professional Affiliations
LEADR and nationally accredited mediation practitioner
Member, Law Society of Hong Kong
Member of the Hong Kong Maritime Law Association Executive Committee
Board member of the Maritime Services Training Board
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