Cocks Macnish
Ground Floor
41 Colin Street
West Perth
Western Australia 6005

Phone: +61 (0)8 9321 6676

Legal & Commercial Service to the Maritime Industry

We are a Western Australian law firm practising predominantly in the field of Maritime and Admiralty law and associated commercial matters. Our clients include shipowners and charterers operating all types of vessels in all trades and marine industries, oil companies, shippers and receivers of bulk, break bulk, heavy lift and containerized cargoes, government bodies, hull and machinery underwriters, shipyards and ship financiers.

We are also correspondents in Western Australia for all but one of the members of the International Group of P & I Clubs.

We have been involved for a number of clients in legal aspects of the establishment, development and operation of the oil and gas fields off Western Australia since the installation of the Rankin A platform in the early eighties.

Our approach is commercial and practical given our thorough understanding of maritime matters and the requirements of our clients. We understand the value of urgent availability and response and give practical advice often in concert with recommended experts.

We are also involved on behalf of clients in the review and development of existing State and Federal legislation affecting maritime affairs.

We represent major Australian and foreign clients in a range of both routine and complex maritime disputes as well as non-litigious maritime commercial transactions including shipbuilding, ship financing, charterparties and general contractual matters.

General Legal Advice and Support

The firm has expertise and experience in and advises a wide client base in the non marine field in the following areas

  1. General conveyancing, commercial and private real estate sale, purchase and leasing including Agricultural property (and including expertise in Old System Land)
  2. Probate and estate management
  3. Professional indemnity, product liability, Directors and Officer liability and related insurances
  4. Employment Law
  5. Corporations Law
  6. Non Marine Insurance
  7. Competition and Consumer Litigation
  8. Commercial Litigation
  9. Contract Disputes


Our principal services include legal advice and support in the following areas:

  • Arrest of ships
  • Charterparty disputes
  • Cargo claims
  • Collision, salvage and general average
  • Wreck removal
  • Oil pollution
  • Shipbuilding and ship repair
  • Port operations
  • Commodity disputes
  • Trade finance and Letters of Credit
  • Insurance disputes
  • Offshore oil and gas
  • Ship sale and purchase
  • Property sale and purchase and leasing
  • Commercial shipping
  • Ship finance
  • Environmental law
  • Industrial relations and employment
  • Seafarers and workers compensation
  • Project development contracts
  • Livestock export, regulation and shipping
  • Negotiation with State and Federal Government bodies
  • Fisheries management and regulation
  • Yacht racing rules and protests
  • Maritime crisis management
  • Dispute resolution, including litigation and domestic and international arbitration in the context of the foregoing areas