Maritime Law and the Offshore Industry
Examination of issues arising from offshore oil and gas exploration and production in the context of Canadian and international maritime law.
Vanessa Rochester is counsel with Norton Rose Fulbright, Montreal, having recently practised in their Singapore office. Dr Rochester advises on and manages disputes concerning maritime transport and energy, as well as transactions involving the sale and purchase of vessels and aircraft; financing; charterparties; contracts of affreightment; transportation supply and logistics services agreements; regulatory compliance for LNG terminals; oil and gas transport and sale; and seabed mining. She has appeared before the Québec courts and the federal courts of Canada, as well as in mediation and arbitration (institutional and ad hoc) tribunals. As a solicitor of England and Wales, she has acted on behalf of shipowners, charterers, insurers, and P&I clubs in English court proceedings, London Maritime Arbitrators Association arbitrations, and mediations. She also was seconded to a member club of the International Group P&I Clubs. Dr Rochester has advised the Government of Canada on transportation policy and issues relating to energy regulation.
Richard L. Desgagnés
Richard L Desgagnés is partner with Brisset Bishop in Montreal. He has been practising maritime law for over twenty-five years. He handles cases involving marine pollution, charterparty disputes, ship casualties, shipbuilding and ship repair contract disputes, product liability disputes, ship liens, insurance, and insolvency, as well as a variety of general commercial disputes. He holds an LLB from Université de Montréal, and a diploma in shipping from the University of London, United Kingdom.
Wylie Spicer, QC, is counsel with McInnes Cooper in Calgary. Mr Spicer has been acting for maritime, offshore oil and gas, and energy interests for forty years. He has many publications. Mr Spicer has taught maritime law at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Halifax, and currently teaches law of the sea at the Faculty of Law, University of Calgary. He has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is recognized in many publications as a leading practitioner in maritime law in Canada. Mr Spicer is past president of the Canadian Bar Association (Nova Scotia Branch) and is a member of the law societies of Alberta, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador, the Canadian Maritime Law Association, and the International Bar Association.