Our Team

Our Team

Sol-Law offers a wide range of experience and skills across a wide range of legal fields and delivers services both directly in Honiara and indirectly from Brisbane, Australia.

All professional staff work under the supervision of the partners. Work undertaken depends on their level of experience in the area.

John Sullivan QC

Dennis James McGuire

Thomas Tonavi Kama

John George Katahanas

Rodney Wariahu Kingmele

Silverio Lepe

Eran Soma

 

John Sullivan QC

John is a Queen’s Counsel, Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Solomon Islands and Barrister of the Supreme Courts of Queensland and New South Wales and of the High Court of Australia. He is also a legal practitioner of the High Court of Kiribati. John is also a Notary Public for Solomon Islands. John has also been a member of the disciplinary committee of the Solomon Islands Bar Association.

He holds the degrees of Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours (University of Queensland, Australia) and Bachelor of Arts (University of Canterbury, New Zealand).

John specialises in commercial law (including company law, corporate restructuring, contract, banking and finance, resource law (mining and forestry) trade practices, equity and trusts, maritime law, insolvency and taxation). He has a special knowledge of forest resource law in Solomon Islands particularly with regards to customary law.

John’s role in the firm is both as in house counsel conducting major commercial litigation matters, drawing and settling pleadings and other court documents, providing formal counsel’s opinions as well as specialist commercial legal advisory services and drafting complex legal documents.

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Dennis James McGuire

Dennis is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, the High Court of Australia, and a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Solomon Islands. He is also a Notary Public for Solomon Islands. Dennis has also served two terms on the executive of the Solomon Islands Bar Association.

Dennis has extensive experience in mining and resource law, admiralty and commercial law. His role in the firm includes that of managing partner, with responsibilities for the general administration of the firm. He provides general commercial and corporate advice as well as practicing in his specialty fields.

Dennis undertakes advocacy work when required and has appeared as a successful appellate advocate before the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands.

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Thomas Tonavi Kama

Thomas is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Solomon Islands having been admitted in 1983. He holds the degree of Bachelor of Laws (University of Papua New Guinea).

He has specialist knowledge in customary law and its interface with commercial law. Thomas appears regularly as an advocate in the High Court and Court of Appeal in Solomon Islands.

His role within the firm is in the commercial litigation field and as the firm’s main liaison with the Solomon Islands national community.

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John George Katahanas

John is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, the High Court of Australia, and is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Solomon Islands. John is also a Notary Public for both Solomon Islands and the State of Queensland.

He holds the degree of Bachelor of Laws with Honours (QUT). Within the firm his role includes supervising general and complex commercial matters, drafting complex contractual and security documents and advocacy in the High Court of Solomon Islands.

He has acted for a number of international clients from various countries including Japan, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada, Singapore and the United States of America.

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Rodney Wariahu Kingmele

Rodney is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Solomon Islands. He holds the degree of Bachelor of Laws (USP) and a Professional Diploma in Legal Practice (The Institute of Justice and Applied Legal Studies, USP). Rodney is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Fiji.

Rodney has held the office of President of the Solomon Islands Bar Association for the past two terms.

His role within the firm is principally in the commercial litigation field both in the High Court and the Court of Appeal and as the firm’s main liaison with the Solomon Islands legal faternity.

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Silverio Lepe

Silverio is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Solomon Islands. He holds the degree of Bachelor of Laws (USP) and a Professional Diploma in Legal Practice (The Institute of Justice and Applied Legal Studies, USP).

Silverio has substantial experience in mining law, customary land owner issues and commercial documentation as well as litigation.

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Eran Soma

Eran is conditionally admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Solomon Islands. He holds the degree of Bachelor of Laws (USP) and a Professional Diploma in Legal Practice (The Institute of Justice and Applied Legal Studies, USP).

Eran has gained substantial experience in mining law, customary land owner issues and commercial litigation.

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