Martin's expertise includes shipping and transport, competition and general commercial law and infrastructure and project disputes. A significant part of his practice involves related legal advice, both tactical and strategic. He has practiced as an advocate for over 25 years.
Typical disputes (arbitration and litigation) include large ship casualties, transport infrastructure, electricity generation, mining and oil and gas production, contracts of affreightment, trade and commodities. Most involve issues of private international law. Details are available on request.
He is listed in Best Lawyers for International Arbitration, Shipping and Maritime Law, Doyle’s Guide as a leading arbitration, construction and transport barrister and as a Band 1 shipping lawyer in Chambers’ Asia Pacific Guide.
He is Chair of the Victorian Bar’s International Arbitration Committee, a Board Member Melbourne Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Centre (MCAMC), a Board Member Australian Center for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and a delegate for Australia to the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR.
Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation
- Admiralty & Maritime
- Building & Construction
- Commercial Arbitration
- Contractual Disputes
- Private International Law
- Aged Care
- Commissions & Inquiries
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Laws
Master of Laws
Fellow - Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
State Supreme Courts
Federal Court of Australia
High Court of Australia
Equuscorp Pty Ltd v. Acehand Pty Ltd  VSC 89 - contractual dispute, appearing for creditor
Strong Wise Ltd v. Esso Australia Resources Pty Ltd  FCA 240; 267 ALR 249 - admiralty claims, limitation of liability convention, appearing for vessel owners
JACA Nominees Pty Ltd v. Waldarra Pty Ltd  VSC 546 - contractual dispute
3143 Victoria Street Doncaster Pty Ltd v. Retirement Services Australia (RSA) Ltd  VSC 317 &  VSCA 134 - contractual dispute
Skilled Group Ltd v. CSR Viridian Pty Ltd  VSC 290 - contractual dispute
BUPA v. Shaw  VSC 507 - contractual dispute
CMA CGM v. The Ship Chou Shan  FCA 74,  FCAFC 90 - admiralty, collision in Chinese EEZ
Commonwealth of Australia v. Shenzhen Energy Transport Co Ltd  FCAFC 116 - ship grounding, limitation of liability convention
Hui v. Esposito Holdings Pty Ltd  FCA 648 - removal of arbitrator and setting aside of partial award - UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules
Liaoning Zhongwang Group Co Ltd v. Alfield Group Pty Ltd  FCA 1223 - challenge to enforcement of foreign award
ACCC v. Colgate Palmolive  FCA 1590 - cartel competition
Recent major arbitrations include ($10 million or more):
Toll road infrastructure domestic arbitration (>$90 million) (2008) IAA Rules, seated Melbourne, appearing for State road owner and BOOT licensor - road engineering, traffic engineering, financial modelling.
Wind farm international arbitration (>$10 million) (2008) ACICA Rules, seated Melbourne, appearing for project owner - electrical engineering, electricity generation, commissioning and regulatory compliance, construction.
3 Iron ore mining and supply contract international arbitrations (>$250 million) (2010), UNCITRAL Rules, seated Perth, appearing for People's Republic of China incorporated steel mill purchaser and trading companies - Contracts of affreightment, charterparty, mining engineering.
Oil and gas production (FPSO) international arbitration (>$100 million) (2011), IAMA Rules, seated Melbourne, appearing for Singaporean incorporated owner/facility operator - charterparty, engineering & safety case compliance, oil and gas regulatory compliance.
Gas fired power station domestic arbitration (>$100 million) (2012) appearing for owners, ACICA Rules, seated Sydney - engineering compliance.
Grain trade domestic arbitrations (2013), appearing for Australian and Chinese counterparties, Grain Trade Rules, seated Brisbane - commodity trading - contract.
Agribusiness sale international arbitration (>$45 million) (2015) for Chinese purchaser - UNCITRAL Rules, seated Melbourne - Agribusiness supply contracts, valuation.
Engineering and construction domestic arbitration ($12 million) (2016) for the Commonwealth - ICC Rules, seated Melbourne.
Engineering and construction arbitration ($25 million) (2016) (for Singapore shipyard) - ACICA Rules seated in Melbourne.
Further details of these arbitrations are available upon request.
Competition Law Update - ACCC's case against Cussons dismissed02 June 2017
Commercial Law Update - 'Misleading and deceptive conduct claims in a contractual context'23 December 2016
Planning Law Update - Apartment building loses three floors to protect emergency helicopter flight path07 December 2016
Tort Law Update - Commonwealth seeks $120m in damages over Barrier Reef Oil Spill
Chair of the Victorian Bar's International Arbitration Committee
Board Member Melbourne Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Centre (MCAMC)
Board Member Australian Center for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA)
Founding member of Melbourne Technology and Construction Chambers
Member Australian Bar Association Asia Committee
Member ICC Commission on Arbitration