Alexis Cahalan : Principal Lawyer (Director)

Alexis Cahalan

Principal Lawyer (Director)

+61 (0)468 944066

Alexis has been a shipping and transport lawyer since 1987, and is qualified in both Australia and England. After several years with Australia’s two leading maritime and transport law firms, reaching partnership level, Alexis has worked as in-house counsel for international offshore resources and engineering companies and most recently has been a legal and claims specialist for the TT Club, handling litigation and claims for some of Thomas Miller’s biggest insurance clients, as well as providing emergency advice and response for ship owners as a legal correspondent to the UK P&I Club.

Danella Wilmshurst : Principal Lawyer

Danella Wilmshurst

Principal Lawyer

+61 (0)438 012733

Danella has been advising the shipping and insurance industry on maritime and transport law for over twenty years, having been a partner at two of Australia’s leading maritime and transport firms. An expert on wet and dry shipping, freight forwarding and logistics, transport contracts and transactional work, Danella is a Director of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand and a Member of the Australian Federation of International Forwarders. She has taken several complex cases through litigation or arbitration, ranging from charter party disputes to oil pollution, and has an international reputation for her expertise and sound guidance to the industry.

Janine Liang : Marine & Transport  Lawyer

Janine Liang

Marine & Transport Lawyer

+ 61(0)2 8262 5854

Janine is qualified in Singapore and New South Wales. After graduating with a First Class Honours from the National University of Singapore, she began practice in the shipping department of one of Singapore's largest law firms. Janine worked in one of Sydney’s leading transport and insurance law firms before joining Thomas Miller Law in 2018. She has handled a variety of litigation and arbitration matters, including charter party, insurance, and cargo disputes. On the non-contentious side, Janine has experience advising on documentation such as procurement, trade finance, and employment contracts. Janine is a fluent speaker of Mandarin.

Alistair Sullivan : Marine & Transport Lawyer

Alistair Sullivan

Marine & Transport Lawyer

+61 (0)2 8262 5859

Alistair was admitted in 2015 following completion of a Masters of Laws in Maritime Law and admission to the Dean’s Roll of Honour. Alistair has  worked in both the Australian and international markets, including two years with leading transport and logistics insurers and major commercial law firms in London. Alistair is a member of Young Shipping Australia, the Australian Insurance Law Association and the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand and had his work published in the Australian and New Zealand Maritime Law Journal .

Hamish Cotton : Aviation & Marine Lawyer

Hamish Cotton

Aviation & Marine Lawyer

+61(0)2 8262 5800

Hamish joined TM Law’s Sydney office in 2017 with over twenty years of experience in insurance claims, initially employed in private practice as a solicitor in Australia then England before moving to in-house management roles. Working for and on behalf of international insurers based in the City of London including Lloyds, dealing with Aviation, Marine , Financial, Casualty, Professional Indemnity, Construction & General Insurance matters. Hamish is admitted as a solicitor in Queensland, New South Wales and England and Wales. A qualified commercial pilot he is also a member of the Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand.

Paul Lyons : Lawyer

Paul Lyons


+61 (0) 4 2340 2550

Paul is qualified in both England and New South Wales with the majority of his practice being focussed on road traffic, employers liability, insurance and demurrage litigation. Paul has over 13 years experience in private practice in England, including working as an Owner Principal of a specialist law firm; prior to moving to Australia where he worked as a Practice Manager in transport litigation  until he joined Thomas Miller Law in October 2018.  Paul has extensive experience in handling complex and high value litigation.

Finance & Support

Nicky Cowans : Financial Controller – Australia

Nicky Cowans

Financial Controller – Australia

+61 (0) 2 8262 5800

Nicky qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a Big Four accounting firm before joining an asset management firm as a Senior Analyst. He was involved in the sale of the business to Thomas Miller Investment in London, where he became Financial Controller of the wealth management division before moving to Australia and joining the Sydney team in 2017. He holds a first class degree from Newcastle University and a Diploma in Corporate Finance from the ICAEW.