Salvage, Refuge, and Wreck
Discussion of issues and legal questions surrounding provision of services to ships in need of assistance because of some unforeseen incident threatening the safety of the ship, cargo and persons on board.
Thomas S. Hawkins
Thomas S Hawkins is a founding partner of of Bernard LLP in Vancouver. He practises in the areas of maritime and insurance law, advising clients on matters relating to marine insurance, cargo litigation, salvage, tug and tow, oil pollution, collision, bodily injury, and maritime commercial matters. He has conducted cases in the trial and appellate courts of the Federal Court of Canada, the British Columbia Supreme Court, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Hawkins taught maritime law at the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He is the past West Coast vice-president of the Canadian Maritime Law Association and has served on the executive of the BC Marine Insurance Association. He is a past chair of the Maritime Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) and sits on the Owners Committee of the Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia. He was recently appointed as vice-president of the Pacific Regional Advisory Council on Oil Spill Response by the Minister of Transport. He has written many articles in the area of maritime law and is a frequent speaker on maritime law and marine industry issues. He is listed on the “Best Lawyers in Canada” and “Who’s Who Legal: Canada” websites as a leading counsel in maritime law.