Stuart was awarded the Lloyd's List DCN Maritime Service Award in 2010.
In April 2005, Stuart was appointed one of two Vice Presidents of the prestigious Comité Maritime International (CMI). His term of office was extended for a period of three years in 2009. He has also served on the boards of the Sydney Port Authority and the Sydney Ports Corporation.
Stuart is an accomplished author, having published Annotated Admiralty Legislation in 1988 and numerous articles. He has also presented papers at seminars for clients, the legal profession and the insurance and shipping industries.
Stuart was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1973 and admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1978. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW and Victoria, the Federal Court and the High Court of Australia. Stuart joined Colin Biggers & Paisley as a partner in 2005.