Joel Cockerell is a highly experienced lawyer and mariner in the Singapore office. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the shipping industry and handles all types of maritime and shipping disputes (both wet and dry) and noncontentious shipping matters.
He has managed significant and high-value casualties (including container ship fires, collisions, groundings, wreck removal and explosions) throughout the world, with a focus on the Asia Pacific region. This involves initial response, managing clients' exposure to civil and criminal liabilities, and resolving subsequent disputes.
In addition to handling marine casualties and advising on all aspects of admiralty law, his practice covers both disputes and advisory work on all aspects of “dry” shipping, including in relation to charterparties, bills of lading, cargo claims, ship arrests, the regulation of shipping and marine insurance (both coverage and defence work).
Joel became a lawyer after spending 12 years in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) as a maritime warfare officer. Following his time at sea, he completed his law degree with first class honours and was awarded the Attorney-general's Medal.
Joel’s dispute resolution expertise includes court litigation (primarily in London and Australia) and international arbitrations, including under ICC, LMAA, SIAC and SCMA rules.
Emergency and Casualty Response
Dry Shipping and Commodities