Advice and representation in all maritime matters including:

  • Regulatory matters
  • Infringements/criminal offences including dangerous navigation, PCA, safety breaches etc.
  • Admirality claims, arrest and ownership matters
  • Issues arising under the Biosecurity Act 2015 (Cth)
  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Contractual disputes
  • Marine and personal insurance
  • Bills of lading
  • Carriage of goods
  • Ship purchase, sale, repair
  • Environmental and pollution matters
  • Liner shipping
  • Commercial fisheries
  • Towage and pilotage
  • Port operations
  • Salvage


Principal lawyer Nick Boyden has been a lawyer for almost 20 years.   Having been involved in boats and ships for much of his life, he commenced his working life as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy after being awarded scholarships to the Royal Australian Naval College and Royal Military College.  While studying for his law degree he worked full time, including as an investigator with the NSW Ombudsman’s Office.  Since being admitted as a solicitor, he has worked on some of the biggest criminal cases in Australia including ancillary civil proceedings.  He has an excellent reputation as a tireless and fearsome advocate and tactician  – both with an eye for detail and the ability to pragmatically assess, foresee and predict a litigant’s next moves. He is also a skilled negotiator and seeks to avoid lengthy and costly court proceedings where possible without prejudicing his clients’ interests. He is the author of numerous articles in professional publications, is frequently called upon to lecture to other lawyers and is a member of the following professional organisations:


  • Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand.
  • Shipping Australia Limited
  • Maritime Industry Australia Limited

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