Colin Hunter


Colin has experience in a variety of legal areas, particularly marine, professional indemnity and legal research. He is regularly involved in supporting litigation, negotiation of settlements and legal research.

Colin has completed Honours degrees in both Law and Music. He joined McElroys in 2016 and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in the same year. Colin is a member of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ).

Principal areas of practice:

  • Cargo and transport – carriage of goods (domestic and international), bailment, carriers’ liability, subrogated cargo recoveries
  • International trade – international sale of goods, aircraft leasing, conflict of laws
  • Marine Insurance – cargo, hull & machinery, repairers
    Professional Indemnity – real estate agents, architects, directors, accountants
  • General and liability – material damage, subrogated recoveries


  • Quality advice on risk, strategy and resolution of claims.
  • Detailed analysis of claims.
  • Experience in negotiation and the resolution of disputes.
  • Research into difficult legal problems.

Recent trial involvement/outcomes:

  • Negotiation of cargo claims against international shipping lines.
  • Successful settlement of claims against various professionals.
  • Supporting successful legal cases in the Court of Appeal and High Court.