Van der Reyden specialises in shipping litigation and dispute resolution, acting for shipowners, charterers and Protection and Indemnity (P&I) Clubs (associations of shipowners and charterers).
Before joining HFW in Melbourne in 2008, he practised in South Africa and England. His work involves the full range of charter-party, contract of affreightment and bill of landing disputes. He also has particular experience in relation to P&I matters and liner business.
Van der Reyden will relocate from Melbourne to Sydney and work with the established shipping & transport team there to continue growing the firm's transport capability on the east coast of Australia.
Commenting on the news, Paul Hatzer, head of the Asia-Pacific region for HFW, said: "As we seek to consolidate our position as leading lawyers for international commerce, these promotions come at a time when we continue to see growth across the Asia-Pacific region and demonstrate our desire to provide clients with the experience and capability they need from legal advisors in the markets in which they operate."
The appointment is effective since 1 November.