Hamish joined the Bar in 1998 and was appointed senior counsel in 2016. During that time Hamish has developed an extensive practice in general commercial litigation, both at first instance and at appellate level. He also has specialist expertise in corporations, insolvency, insurance and transport (aviation and maritime) law.
Hamish has appeared in some of the most complex commercial disputes in the last decade. These include the Timbercorp and Centro class actions, the collapses of Environinvest, Great Southern, Forest Enterprises Australia and Primebroker, and the Asahi litigation. Hamish also appeared for the principal moving party in the notable insolvency cases of Re Carpenter and Re Amerind.
As well as Victoria, Hamish has been briefed to appear in superior courts in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. He has also appeared in special references and arbitrations concerning international commercial disputes. He is a member of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand.
Hamish has been recognised in the Victorian and Australian Senior Counsel rankings of “Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession” for his expertise in Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Insolvency and Restructuring and Transport Law, in Best Lawyers for Insolvency and Reorganisation Law, Who's Who Legal for Shipping Law and Chambers and Partners for Restructuring/Insolvency and Shipping and Asia Pacific Legal 500 for Commercial Disputes - Australia Bar. He is currently ranked by Best Lawyers as Lawyer of the Year Insolvency and Reorganisation Law in Melbourne.