SPB expands Perth partnership with shipping and commodities vet

The new partner has worked in London and Dubai, and has three decades of experience

SPB expands Perth partnership with shipping and commodities vet
Hazel Brewer

Squire Patton Boggs (SPB) has expanded its partnership in Perth with a veteran shipping and commodities lawyer.

Hazel Brewer joins the firm’s litigation practice, building on its commodities and shipping expertise. She brings to the table three decades of handling shipping, offshore, international trade and marine insurance.

She began working in the shipping and commodities field at the start of her legal career, joining Middleton Potts in London. She then headed to Dubai, working with HFW.

In 2001, Brewer relocated to Australia. Her clients consist of Australian miners and exporters, oil and gas producers and contractors and operators, multinationals, ASX listers, private companies and marine industry insurers.

She has conducted contract advisory work and taken on contentious matters arising under contracts for a broad range of vessels, charter parties and on the transport and carriage of export commodities, SPB said. She has also tackled regulatory issues, pollution incidents and environmental issues relating to marine activities.

“A number of us have previously worked with Hazel and her practice, skills and considerable experience make her a superb addition to our global team, and greatly enhances our shipping and commodities capability in Australia and in the wider Asia Pacific region,” said Barry Stimpson, SPB Singapore managing partner and commodities and shipping industry group co-head. “The continued development of our services in this area is a key strategic goal for the firm and we look forward to Hazel’s arrival and the opportunity to work together again to the benefit of our clients.”

Australia Asia desk head and Perth managing partner Tony Chong highlighted Brewer’s international experience as a strong asset.

“In these times international trade issues are adding complexity to international business transactions. Hazel’s expertise will be of great value to our clients. She will be working closely not just with our Australian offices, but with our colleagues in Asia and beyond,” Chong said.

The firm also bolstered its Singapore office with the addition of Ivan Chia to the partnership. He will work with both the corporate and commodities and shipping industry groups.

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