About Derek

Derek combines more than 15 years’ experience in legal practice (former Partner of a National Law Firm and Corporate Counsel with an ASX listed Company) with 10 years’ as a senior executive in industry operations and commercial roles.  He specialises in contract, commercial and transaction legal matters.

Derek’s unique skill set is of significant benefit to clients of SWS Lawyers as it enables him, and lawyers working with Derek, to deliver practical, targeted, pragmatic and highly commercial legal advice to clients of the firm.  He has high engineering and scientific literacy and strongly developed legal, financial and data analytical skills.

Having held senior roles managing mining and manufacturing operations teams of over 400, Derek is familiar with the commercial context that guides client’s legal decision making.  He has worked in operations (COO) and executive general management roles in steel manufacture, iron ore mining, metals trading, aggregate production, port operations and shipping as well as textiles manufacture and nation-wide logistics. 

As a Board Member of various organisations with more than 10 years’ experience, and a current director of an NZX listed robotics and automation company, Derek can advise from first-hand experience on governance responsibilities and the value judgements faced by company directors.

About Derek

Derek combines more than 15 years’ experience in legal practice (former Partner of a National Law Firm and Corporate Counsel with an ASX listed Company) with 10 years’ as a senior executive in industry operations and commercial roles.  He specialises in contract, commercial and transaction legal matters.

Derek’s unique skill set is of significant benefit to clients of SWS Lawyers as it enables him, and lawyers working with Derek, to deliver practical, targeted, pragmatic and highly commercial legal advice to clients of the firm.  He has high engineering and scientific literacy and strongly developed legal, financial and data analytical skills.

Having held senior roles managing mining and manufacturing operations teams of over 400, Derek is familiar with the commercial context that guides client’s legal decision making.  He has worked in operations (COO) and executive general management roles in steel manufacture, iron ore mining, metals trading, aggregate production, port operations and shipping as well as textiles manufacture and nation-wide logistics. 

As a Board Member of various organisations with more than 10 years’ experience, and a current director of an NZX listed robotics and automation company, Derek can advise from first-hand experience on governance responsibilities and the value judgements faced by company directors.

Qualifications & Associations

  • Bachelor of Jurisprudence, University of NSW
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of NSW
  • Master of Laws (Media, Communications and IT Law), University of NSW
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Viticulture), Charles Sturt University (completed except internship)