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Pat Saraceni

Pat Saraceni

Director, Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Director, Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Pat Saraceni
  • Acting for Apache Corporation (Houston) in its successful defence of the prosecution arising from the 2008 gas explosion on Varanus Island and defending various civil suits arising from that explosion.
  • Acting for the Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC) in respect of a range of offshore oil and gas and maritime related matters including concerning the charter of a FPSO.
  • Acting for Quadrant Energy on various offshore oil and gas and maritime related matters.
  • Assisting on the Browse joint venture realignment of WA's maritime boundary.
  • Assisting Hertel Model on a dispute concerning maritime facilities and product loading facilities on Wheatstone LNG project.
  • Acting for Apache Corporation on various actions concerning the sale of its Australian assets.
  • Acting for Synergy (Government owned corporation) on a confidential arbitration and associated litigation arising from price review under long term gas sale agreement.
  • Acting for international oil and gas company on expert determinations. 
  • Advising a major iron ore company on range of issues including royalty disputes, partnership issues and constructive trust.
  • Advising major nickel producer on royalty issues.
  • Advising Port Authority on range shipping related matters.
  • Advising freight forwarder on range of maritime related matters.
  • Advising commodity exporter on long term trans-shipping contract.
  • Advising company on possible floating port and supply base.
  • Advising local contractor, Ausdrill on a range of matters concerning service and supply contracts.
  • Acting for shipowners and operators on range of commercial maritime issues.

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Awards and citations

  • "In 2023 Pat was elected a Titulary Member of the Comite Maritime International (CMI), in recognition of her contribution in furtherance of international uniformity of maritime law."
  • Leading Admiralty, Maritime & Shipping Lawyer - Australia, Doyle's Guide 2022
  • Next Generation Partner
    Legal 500 – Transport: Shipping 
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Best Lawyers Australia 2021
  • Shipping and Maritime
    Best Lawyers Australia 2021
  • Litigation
    Best Lawyers Australia 2021
  • Pat has been named in The Best Lawyers in Australia for her work in shipping and Maritime law based on peer reviews.
  • Pat leads the Australian Maritime Team, that won the 2016 Award for Maritime and Shipping Law Firm of the Year Australia, Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards.