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published SEPTEMBER 13, 2010, 20:45
Norton Rose Australia attracts top tier Transport Partner

Norton Rose Australia continues to attract top talent with the appointment of preeminent transport partner, Ernest van Buuren. Ernest joins Norton Rose Australia from Blake Dawson where he headed the only recognised tier one practice in trade and transport.
Don Boyd, Managing Partner of Norton Rose Australia and Group Deputy Chief Executive of Norton Rose Group, said Ernest’s appointment supports our ongoing growth strategy – in the areas of trade and transport, particularly shipping and aviation.
“Transport is one of the key industry sectors in which Norton Rose Group has the strongest international, cross-practice expertise. Ernest’s expertise will add further breadth and depth to our transport capabilities here in Australia and throughout the region. He will strengthen our offering to clients in the important oil and gas sector. His expertise in ship sale and purchase will also add to our existing capabilities in financial institutions,” Mr Boyd said.
“Ernest will be integral to the growth of our regional shipping practice, the transport litigation practice into Asia and add to our global capabilities in this industry,” he said.
Harry Theochari, Head of Transport at Norton Rose Group, said: “This is a significant appointment for us, not just in Australia but globally. Transport remains one of the practice’s core strengths, a strength we remain committed to growing. As part of that growth, ensuring we continue to attract and retain the top transport lawyers in the world is a priority. Ernest not only qualifies in that category but he brings with him an unrivalled wealth of experience and expertise.”
Ernest was a qualified Master Mariner and served at sea as a cadet in BHP with Scott McCabe, of Counsel in Norton Rose Group London Banking. Whilst working for Mallesons he completed a Masters of Laws in Maritime Law at Tulane University in the USA.
Ernest specialises in trade, maritime and aviation matters. He provides advice on the regulation of shipping in Australia, ship sale and purchase, ship building contracts, charter party disputes, cargo and personal injury claims, commercial hull claims including collisions, groundings and salvage. His practice also includes international trade matters particularly for solid bulk and bulk liquid cargoes. Within the aviation industry, Ernest advises insurers, aircraft owners and operators, freight forwarders and shippers on cargo and personal injury claims, as well as insurance claims for both hull and liability, aircraft charters, operators and airport user agreements.
Ernest achievements have been recognised by his peers and the industry. In 2010 he was named in the Best Lawyers list for transport. Ernest was also noted by APL 500 as the practice head of the only recognised tier one practice in trade and transport law and Chambers Global has acknowledged the shipping practice as the only Australian practice in international shipping.

Recent lateral appointments to Norton Rose Australia include:
OHS partner Barry Sherriff from Freehills to our OHS team - one of the largest teams in Australia
Ex-General Counsel of Vale Pty Ltd Robert Milbourne to our Energy & Resources team
Ex-Mallesons Stephen Jaques lawyer Petar Kuessner to our Banking & Finance team
Ex-Dibbs Barker partner Gerard Breen to our Restructuring & Insolvency team
Derek La Ferla has joined our Corporate Finance team in Perth
Vincent Dwyer has joined us from Gilbert and Tobin – where he was co-head of the energy team






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