Fred Hawke has extensive legal and practical experience in insurance law, claims management and insurance company operations. Before joining Clayton Utz, he was directly employed in the insurance industry for more than 20 years and was responsible for negotiating and settling insurance and reinsurance disputes involving some of Australia’s largest liability losses.
Since joining Clayton Utz 12 years ago, Fred has practised extensively in the field of insurance and reinsurance law, with special emphasis on regulatory and compliance issues, captive insurer arrangements, Bankers Bonds, crime and financial liability insurances, facultative and treaty reinsurance and retrocession arrangements. Trade credit and insolvency and political risk insurance are also areas in which he has had considerable experience, both in the insurance industry and in legal practice.
He is a well recognised and prolific writer and presenter on insurance law and insurance industry related legal matters and teaches Professional Indemnity Insurance in the Graduate Studies Program at Melbourne University.