Founded in 1981, Cocks Macnish provides shipping and commercial law expertise to the maritime and related industries

Founded in 1981 by Tim Cocks and Graeme Macnish, we are a leading commercial law practice specialising in shipping and maritime law.

With Tim Cocks still at the helm, the practice is a firmly-established presence in the Australian shipping market, and well-positioned to support our clients in addressing present and future opportunities and challenges.

Our expertise includes maritime, shipping and commercial law services, including marine casualty management, P&I correspondence, non-contentious advisory and transactional work, and contentious work covering commercial and regulatory litigation and other forms of dispute resolution including arbitration and mediation.

Our clients include P&I Clubs, ship owners and charterers, exporters, and underwriters and brokers in the shipping, offshore, live export, commercial fishing and port operations sectors.

We pride ourselves in providing responsive, practical and commercially sound advice and representation. In doing so, we seek to establish ourselves as trusted legal advisors and counsel to our clients, providing strategic and practical guidance to assist them through current and future challenges.

Our approach is rooted in thorough and current legal knowledge that is combined with a pragmatic outlook aimed at producing practical and cost-effective outcomes that allow our clients to continue and grow their businesses with minimal disruption.

We constantly strive to maintain strong relationships with our clients that are forged in trust and confidence.

Our Approach

Legal Expertise with a Commercial and Pragmatic Approach

Combining strong technical knowledge with the goal of producing practical and cost-effective outcomes

24/7 Emergency Response

Available to assist with and manage any nature of marine casualty or emergency

Leveraging nearly 150 years of combined experience

Close-knit and long-standing Western Australian practice, with the knowledge, skills, contacts, experience and adaptiveness to assist our clients


We are a close-knit team that prides itself on providing responsive, practical and commercially sound guidance and support to our clients

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Our Expertise

Admiralty, Shipping and Maritime

  • Marine casualties and investigations
  • Admiralty
  • Commercial shipping
  • Marine insurance
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  • Commercial fishing – WA and Federal
  • Export control
  • Regulatory enforcement actions
  • Freedom of Information
  • Administrative review
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General Commercial

  • Commercial transactions
  • General insurance
  • Probate and estate management
  • Commercial dispute resolution
  • Property – residential, commercial
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