We are the region’s largest and most experienced practice managing all aspects of transactional and disputable shipping, maritime and transport law.

We have accumulated experience and expertise across generations of lawyers in the obscure area of law that is maritime and transport.

It’s why our clients put our skills and experience to work for them.

Our Maritime + Transport specialists are committed to providing clients with peace of mind and are the go-to advisers for insurers and owners when incidents occur in Queensland, Northern Australia, Papua New Guinea, the South Western Pacific, Melanesia and Micronesia.

We are appointed correspondent for all members of the International Group of Protection and Indemnity Associations, and are also on the panel of various marine and other insurers.

We are a safe pair of hands for our clients providing practical industry knowledge and skilled technical expertise to secure efficient and cost effective solutions.

With offices in Brisbane and Cairns, and representatives in Darwin and Papua New Guinea, the firm has deep connections to the maritime industry. Relationships with marine and other insurers extend back 100 years to 1921 and the team is working hard to help our clients and the industry navigate the challenges of the next century.

The firm also has equivalent expertise in aviation, road and rail.


Our expertise

  • Sales and purchase of vessels
  • Marine insurance
  • Carriage, towage, shipbuilding and repair
  • Charterparties
  • Marine industrial relations and seafarer’s compensation
  • Crew and passenger injury claims
  • Shipowner immigration issues (stowaways and crew desertions)

  • Pollution incidents
  • Casualties (collisions and groundings)
  • Stranding
  • Salvage claims
  • Workplace, health and safety
  • Statutory prosecutions and inquests
  • Disputes


Ports we service:

Queensland and the Northern Territory
  • Darwin
  • Brisbane
  • Bundaberg
  • Gladstone
  • Port Alma
  • Hay Point
  • Dalrymple Bay
  • Mackay, Bowen
  • Abbot Point
  • Townsville
  • Cairns

Papua New Guinea
  • Port Moresby
  • Lae
  • Rabaul
  • Other outlying ports


Whatever your destination – we’re with you.


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We are an appointed legal correspondent of all members of the International Group of Protection and Indemnity Associations and on the panel of various marine and other insurers. We also act for hull and machinery underwriters and ship repairer’s liability insurers.

When things do not go to plan, clients seek out the Thynne + Macartney team because they know they will have experienced and senior lawyers on call to provide advice and assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Awards & Recognition


  • John Moore – (2013-2021)
  • Cameron Solley – (2018-2021)

Shipping & Maritime

  • Michael Fisher – (2012-2021), Lawyer of the Year (2021)
  • Matthew Hockaday – (2019-2021)


  • Michael Fisher – (2012-2021), Lawyer of the Year (2016 & 2019)
  • Matthew Hockaday – (2018-2021)


  • Law Firm – Band 2 (2019-2021)
  • Michael Fisher – Band 2 (2014-2015 & 2019-2021)
  • Matthew Hockaday – Band 3 (2019-2021)

Admiralty, Shipping & Maritime

  • Leading Law Firm – Third Tier (2020), Second Tier (2018-2019)
  • Michael Fisher – Leading (2018-2020)
  • Matthew Hockaday – Recommended (2018 & 2020), Leading (2019)

Transport – Shipping

  • Law Firm
  • Michael Fisher – (2015-2017)
  • Matthew Hockaday – (2016)

Transport – Aviation

  • Law Firm

Shipping (Global)

  • Michael Fisher – Recommended (2020)
  • Matthew Hockaday – Recommended (2020)

Shipping (National)

  • Michael Fisher – Recommended (2015 & 2019)
  • Matthew Hockaday – Recommended (2019)