Our People

Tim Cocks

Tim has practised most exclusively in all aspects of maritime law, admiralty law and marine insurance. He has practical experience in all aspects of the International Group of Protection & Indemnity Clubs, having worked for Thomas R Miller & Son, the Managers of the United Kingdom P & I Club in London, in 1974 and 1975. He acts for all of the International Group Protection & Indemnity Clubs in addition to many hull underwriters and major local shipbuilders and has extensive experience in maritime related litigation, maritime commercial transactions and maritime crisis management. He has a close involvement in the livestock export trade from Australia acting for all of the major Australia exporters of livestock and the foreign vessel owners carrying such livestock. From 1985 to 1987 he acted for Kookaburra syndicate in the Fremantle defence of the Americas Cup. Tim had been identified by his peers as a preeminent lawyer in the area of admiralty, shipping and maritime law (Doyle’s Guide 2019).

Ashley Nichols

Ashley undertook his Articles of Clerkship at this firm in 1982 and was subsequently admitted to partnership on 1 July 1985. Ashley has practised in all areas of marine and non-marine litigation. He also handles a wide range of commercial matters and has extensive experience in P & I matters and maritime casualty investigation (having been called upon to attend as at 2009 over 600 vessels), property sale, purchase and leasing (including sale and purchase of Old System Land), marine cargo disputes, personal injury matters (generally with a maritime connection) and general commercial matters.

Waqas Naseem

commenced as a restricted practitioner with the firm in 1999, becoming an associate partner in 2004. He was subsequently admitted to partnership in 2007. He works predominantly in the marine context with Tim Cocks and Ashley Nichols. He works widely in defence of personal injury claims (including asbestos-related claims for sea carriers) and maritime-related employment law.

Julia Routley

Julia commenced with the firm as an articled clerk in December 2000. She became an Associate Partner with the firm in mid 2007. Julia practices predominantly non-marine commercial litigation extensively for underwriters.

Ashwin Nair

Ashwin commenced with the firm as a graduate clerk in February 2012 and gained admission to the Supreme Court of WA, Federal Court and High Court in September 2012. His practice includes a range of maritime-related contentious and non-contentious matters, and general commercial matters.