Fred Hawke

Clayton Utz
Consultant Melbourne

Ranked Senior Statespeople in Insurance, Fred Hawke "is particularly noted for his representation of insureds, and is highlighted for his pragmatism and commercial nous"

– Chambers Asia Pacific.


Fred Hawke has a 40-year trajectory in insurance law, half of which was within the insurance sector, negotiating and settling disputes involving some of Australia’s largest liability losses. Since joining Clayton Utz, his focus has been on insurance and reinsurance law, notably regulatory issues and various insurance arrangements. Fred is also a distinguished writer on insurance law and an occasional lecturer at several leading Australian universities.

Notable Work
  • NAB: acted for advised on professional indemnity claims, product development, lenders mortgage insurance and reinsurance matters.
  • ANZ Banking Group: conducted major reinsurance claim litigation, recovering over A$114 million.
  • ANZ: advised and assisted in de-registering and winding up ANZcover.
  • Victorian Government: advised on various insurance-related provisions and risk allocation.
  • Orica Group Limited: conducted successful Admiralty litigation against overseas marine charterers liability insurers, resulting in a substantial recovery.
  • Natural Disasters: extensively involved in major insurance claim litigation and dispute resolution arising out of the Ash Wednesday bushfires losses.
  • Offshore projects: considerable experience in political risk insurance for offshore projects.
  • Government entities: offers extensive advisory services on insurance provisions for major infrastructure projects.
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