Jacob Smit

Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Jacob Smit

Jacob Smit



Jacob Smit is an international trade and disputes lawyer based in Sydney with a focus on the oil and gas industry including upstream (exploration and production), midstream (storage and transportation), downstream (fuels and lubricants, marketing and refining, transport, retail and chemicals) and LNG.

Jacob focuses on advising multi-national clients in relation to shipping and maritime disputes (both in international arbitrations and Australian courts), trade and customs related regulatory investigations, and various international trade matters in the finance, oil and gas, and infrastructure industries. Prior to joining the firm, Jacob worked as counsel for an international oil giant in its global mergers and acquisitions team, and for another international law firm in London in energy mergers and acquisitions. During his time with us, Jacob has been seconded to work as inhouse counsel with another major petroleum company advising on a range of commercial and franchising issues, transport, distribution and related regulatory issues (WH&S, Environment and dangerous goods).

Jacob's practice includes a wide range of international trade and customs matters including advising commercial exporters, importers, and freight-forwarders on customs tariffs and duties, export controls, export licences and permits and the impact of various global and regional sanctions. This work includes advising defence materiel exporters regarding the export and supply of controlled technology and software and the impact of Australian Government export controls, International Traffic in Arms Regulations, and the US-AU Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty. Jacob also has experience in representing clients in anti-dumping investigations by the Australian Anti-Dumping Commission.

In addition to his transport experience, Jacob has a special interest in business ethics and anti-corruption and business and human rights. Jacob is a member of our Business Ethics Anti-Corruption Group and the Global Business & Human Rights Group. Jacob regularly advises clients in Australia and globally on modern slavery risk management and reporting, as well as broader business and human rights advice on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, IFC Performance Standards, and the Equator Principles. 


Professional experience

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  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Australian National University) 2013
  • Bachelor of Laws First Class Honours (Australian National University) 2012
  • Bachelor of Arts (French Literature) (Australian National University) 2012


  • High Court of Australia 2014
  • Supreme Court of Australian Capital Territory 2014
  • Member of the NSW Law Society
  • Member of French Australian Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum
  • Member of Young ICCA, International Council for Commercial Arbitration


  • French