With a background in insurance and commercial litigation, Hongi uses his passion for problem solving to help clients achieve the best possible outcomes.
Hongi works in our Maritime + Transport and Insurance team, where he helps both national and international clients navigate through complex matters, delivering strategic responses and timely results. He brings in-depth knowledge of the operations of the insurance industry and law, together with his expertise in dispute resolution and civil procedure.
Dedicated to helping clients achieve efficient and cost-effective solutions, Hongi works for the best outcome for clients and represents clients in all State jurisdictions and nationally in the Federal Court of Australia.
Outside of work Hongi volunteers at his local community legal centre and church, and recently completed a Master of Laws at the University of Melbourne.
- Admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland
- Master of Laws – University of Melbourne
- Bachelor of Laws – University of Queensland
Memberships & Appointments
- Queensland Law Society
- Maritime Law Association of Australia & New Zealand
- Working with Thynne + Macartney's leading Maritime + Transport and Insurance team, Hongi has acted for various national and international insurers, as well as vessel owners, small and large businesses in relation to:
- P&I correspondent matters including for crew injuries, medevacs and incidents at sea involving collisions, wharf damage, property damage, garbage pollution and oil spill matters;
- Investigation and defence of prosecutions against vessel crew and vessel interests for offences under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 and the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983;
- Property damage, public liability and personal injury claims and litigation across State and Federal jurisdictions; and
- Regulatory issues applying to vessel crew and owners in Australia.
- Acted for an insured party of a Federal Court proceeding as one of ten 'business interruption test cases'. The proceedings determined whether insurance cover is triggered under a range of different policies for COVID-19 related claims for business interruption, presently known as the 'second test case'. The matter was appealed to the Full Court from the Federal Court decision
- A key lawyer assisting in a matter acting for a large religious organization in a contentious Supreme Court application for the appointment of receivers
- Acted for both insurers and claimants in various personal injury claims and proceedings for motor vehicle accidents, workplace incidents, and public liability incidents
- Previous experience includes successfully defending a Fijian native blogger against an American billionaire in a contentious defamation dispute.