Aiden Lerch is an Associate with our firm and brings with him an exceptional ability in our core areas.

Aiden is admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia. He has experience advising clients in commercial litigation and arbitration under the LMAA rules.

Aiden graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours 1st Class) from the University of Wollongong, Australia, achieving the University Medal in Law for topping his law school cohort in December 2018. He achieved first place rankings in ten law subjects, including the Law of Torts and Commercial Remedies and Civil Procedure.  Following graduation, Aiden was recruited for the role of Associate to a Judge of the New South Wales District Court – a highly prestigious role.

Aiden has authored numerous publications in his field, including a textbook chapter for Cambridge University Press, and is currently studying the world-renowned Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) at the University of Oxford as the William Asbrey BCL Scholar for 2020-21. He will return to the firm in September 2021.

Aiden works in English (native).

Highlights of Aiden’s work include the following:

  • Acted on an ad hoc arbitration claim for international London-based trading house, specialising in steel and metals trade, against an Italian receiver for liability under UK COGSA for quality issues.

  • Advised major European shipping company on the provision of an insurance product in England, Australia and the United States.

  • Representation of European bank regarding recovery of a multi-million dollar claim against an insolvent entity under claims relating to mis-delivery of cargo. Assertively pursued security actions against possible assets and successfully obtained an attachment over assets belonging to an alter-ego in a US targeting a vessel in the Southern District of Texas. In a reported decision, successfully defeated post-discovery motion to vacate seizure order and dismiss action. Global litigation included proceedings in UK and East Asia.

  • Representation of major soft commodity trading company in English High Court proceedings, alleging false representation and deceit against a Russian commodity trader.  Matter also involved worldwide freezing orders, underlying GAFTA arbitration proceedings in London, English enforcement proceedings and Russian enforcement proceedings; obtained a full judgment and London arbitral award.

  • Representing a global trading service in a successful strike out/summary judgment application and security for costs application in the High Court of England & Wales, after allegations were made of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and commission of the tort of conspiracy to injure by unlawful means.

Interested in specific aspects of Aiden’s recent work? Contact office@zeilerfloydzad.com for further reference cases.

Professional Experience

  • Commencing with Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich in September 2021
  • Associate (Overseas Practitioner), Floyd Zadkovich, London/UK (2020)
  • Associate to the Honourable Judge John Hatzistergos AM, New South Wales District Court, NSW/Australia (2018-2019)
  • Research Assistant to Professor Gregory Rose and Dr Lowell Bautista, University of Wollongong, NSW/Australia (2017-2018)

Education

  • Bachelor of Civil Law, University of Oxford, Oxford/England (currently enrolled)
  • Bachelor of Law (Hons I, University Medal), University of Wollongong, NSW/Australia (2018)
  • Virtual Q&A Session at the University of Wollongong

    Virtual Q&A Session at the University of Wollongong

    Our team recently held another successful virtual Q&A with the students at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

  • We publish an article in Tulane Maritime Law Journal, vol. 44

    We publish an article in Tulane Maritime Law Journal, vol. 44

    Lerch, Zadkovich and Floyd (authors), “International Uniformity and Maritime Liens over Cargo: An Ocean Not Easily Navigated”, Tulane Maritime Law Journal [44 TUL. MAR. L.J. 251 (2020)].

  • We publish an article in Tulane Maritime Law Journal, vol. 44

    We publish an article in Tulane Maritime Law Journal, vol. 44

    “International Uniformity and Maritime Liens
    over Cargo: An Ocean Not Easily Navigated”
    We are excited to share our full journal article published by the prestigious and highly acclaimed Tulane Maritime Law Journal [44 TUL. MAR. L.J. 251 (2020)], co-authored by Aiden Lerch, Luke Zadkovich and Edward Floyd.

  • BIMCO Sanctions Clause 2020

    BIMCO Sanctions Clause 2020

    BIMCO rounded off 2019 by releasing an overhaul of the BIMCO Sanctions Clause. Owners previously held the right to ignore charterers’ orders based on owners’ “reasonable judgment”. That right is removed. This will be of some comfort to charterers, who will be pleased to see the back of a subjective test in owners’ favour.