Patrick is a partner in the Insurance, Shipping & Transport Practice at Webber Wentzel attorneys and practices in Cape Town, South Africa. He joined the firm in November 2002 and was appointed as a partner, having previously been a partner at another leading firm since 1995 where he was on the firm’s management board.
He specialises in international trade and transport law, dealing with both the contentious and non-contentious aspects of these areas including trade agreements, contracts of carriage, marine and non-marine insurance, arrests and attachments of ships and other property as security for maritime claims including mortgage foreclosures, the purchase and sale of ships as well as dealing with ships in distress and marine casualties.
He deals with general commercial disputes, cargo claims, hull claims, ship building and repair disputes, marine casualties, ship arrests and judicial sales, marine pollution issues, salvage and towage and bunker disputes and claims.
Patrick has been named by Legal 500 as an expert in shipping law for many years. He is a member of the International Bar Association, the Comite Maritime International and is a long standing member on the National Executive Committee of the Maritime Law Association of South Africa of which he is the President.
He is also a long standing member of the International Bunker Industry Association of South Africa and a member of the Legal Working Group. He has for many years presented the legal section of the IBIA Basic Bunkering Course.
He has presented papers at a variety of international conferences and given numerous lectures to law firms, P&I Clubs, marine insurance and shipping organisations, both in South Africa and internationally. He is a guest lecturer at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal to LLM students and an external examiner at the University of Cape Town.
He has BA and LLB degrees as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Shipping Law from the University of Cape Town.