Gillian has practised in the transport sector for almost 25 years. She acts for a wide variety of transport and logistics clients and transport industry associations across all jurisdictions, including road transport operators, warehouse operators, tow operators, freight forwarders and companies involved in plant hire. In addition, Gillian acts for insurers and insurance brokers involved in the heavy vehicle industry.
Her practice involves assisting transport clients in relation to all aspects of their businesses, including negotiating contracts with clients, agents, suppliers and subcontractors and assisting with tender submissions. She also regularly provides advice in relation to liens, container detention, chain of responsibility issues and dangerous goods legislation.
She also advises insurers and insurance brokers in the transport sector in relation to indemnity issues, issues of double insurance and has assisted in the drafting of policy wordings for load and liability insurance. She also regularly conducts recovery/subrogation actions on behalf of insurers.
Gillian has published articles in the National Law Review, Macarthur Law Review and the Australian Business Law Review dealing with transport law. She has also lectured in maritime law for the Marine and Shipping Law Unit at the University of Queensland and has tutored in commercial law and torts law at Queensland University of Technology. Gillian has a close relationship with a number of insurance broking firms (particularly with those brokers involved in the heavy transport industry) and with the Council of Queensland Insurance Brokers (CQIB). She has also prepared legal updates specifically for distribution to members of CQIB and has conducted seminars throughout Queensland for CQIB.
Gillian regularly presents at conferences and seminars on current legal issues. These include chain of responsibility legislation, unfair contracts legislation and transport industry contracts. Gillian prepared the transport industry contract checklist that is published by the Australian Trucking Association for its members. She also acted for NatRoad in various proceedings before the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal and the Federal Court in relation to the 2016 Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal Order.
- Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours & University Medal) – University of Queensland
- Master of Laws – Queensland University of Technology
- Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
- Solicitor – Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia
- Member – Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand
- Member – Women in Insurance
- Associate member – Council of Queensland Insurance Brokers
- Member – Australian Insurance Law Association (Queensland)
- Member – Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association
- Member – Transport Women of Australia Limited
- 2018 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards Finalist – Special Counsel of the Year
- Advising insurers and insurance brokers in the heavy transport and logistics sector in relation to coverage and indemnity issues and issues of double insurance.
- Drafting of policy wordings for load and liability insurance.
- Conducting recovery/subrogation actions on behalf of insurers.
- Assisting transport and logistics clients in relation to all aspects of their businesses including negotiating contracts with clients, agents, suppliers and subcontractors and assisting with tender submissions.
- Advising in relation to liens, container detention, dangerous goods legislation and the sale and purchase of transport businesses.
- Acting on behalf of cargo owners in legal proceedings against shipping lines.
- Litigating disputes in relation to supply of heavy vehicles and machinery.
- Litigating claims in relation to damage to goods in transit and damage to vehicles, plant and heavy machinery including claims for demurrage and loss of profits.
- Advising on issues relevant to the operation of warehousing facilities.
- Chain of responsibilty reforms: a vehicle for change in road transport safety, Proctor, March 2018
- Ten steps to success: planning your business is a lot easier when you get professional help, Power Torque, Issue 81
- The hard road ahead: ‘Due diligence’ obligation under new ‘chain of responsibility’ regime, Governance Directions, Vol 70 No 1, February 2018 (This article was first published in the February 2018 issue of Governance Directions, the official journal of Governance Institute of Australia)
- Legal Comment, Power Torque, Issue 82
- Legal Comment, Power Torque, Issue 83
- Legal Comment, Power Torque, Issue 84
WHAT OTHERS SAY
“I have known Ms Gillian Bristow, Special Counsel with the law firm Cooper Grace Ward, since December 2015. Cooper Grace Ward acts for the National Road Transport Association (NatRoad).
In her capacity as one of NatRoad’s advisers Gillian offers thoughtful and well considered advice. She engages regularly with the transport industry and our members both in her capacity as a legal adviser and as a regular speaker at industry conferences and events. Gillian communicates effectively through regular legal alerts, attending NatRoad’s regional trucking summits, webinars and presenting at our annual conference.
The issues that Gillian covers include subjects such as: Chain of Responsibility, Owner driver legislation, labour hire, licensing legislation, unfair contracts provisions of the Australian Consumer Law and all types of commercial advice. Her advice is practical as well as legally accurate.
The time and effort to deliver these services often goes unnoticed. Industry now looks for her advice and direction to remain competitive into the future.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Gillian as an engaged and leading member of the transport industry.”Warren Clark, National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) CEO