- Katherine Hawes
Principal Solicitor and Barrister
Based in Sydney, Australia, Katherine Hawes ( known as the Fish Lawyer) is a lawyer, educator and speaker who is passionate about the Marine and Aquaculture Industries. Katherine is the principal solicitor of Aquarius Lawyers. Aquarius Lawyers is a boutique law firm specialising in the marine and fisheries industry. The firm can provide advice and representation in all marine business, commercial fisheries, defence of fisheries prosecutions and international law.
With over 20 years’ legal and business experience, Katherine’s expertise lies in advising and representing organizations and businesses on issues pertaining to the marine environment. This includes aquaculture, marine and fisheries law, maritime security, commercial shipping, cruise Liners and marine resources management.
Katherine is currently the legal counsel for the Association of International Seafood Professionals, and has held the position of Treasurer and Secretary of the World Aquaculture Society Asian Pacific Chapter Executive Committee (WAS APC). She is also involved in the development of Aquaculture without Frontiers charity.
Katherine has appeared before the full bench of the High Court and is often asked to be a guest lecturer at Australian universities on topics such as International Fisheries Law and Tourism Law. Due to her vast experience in legal issues which affect the marine environment she is a regular guest speaker at international conferences. Her expertise and knowledge is also regularly featured in a wide range of magazines.
She is also an accomplished lecturer and trainer and regularly lectures at both The University of Western Sydney and Wollongong University. Her love of education led to the formation of her own training company, Aquarius Education, which offers a wide range of education programs including Maritime Law and training for agents in the Maritime Industry.
Aquarius Lawyers understand that the legal system can be a maze but through their sound legal advice , they aim to find the best legal solution for you, often at a fixed ' no surprises' rate.