insurance law

Maintaining a reputation of legal excellence, the firm’s insurance practice specialises in defendant/insurer based representation and advice.  

Partnering with public and private defendant insurers, we have extensive experience in assessing and managing claims across a wide range of public liability, employer’s liability, professional indemnity and compulsory third party motor vehicle related insurance matters.  We represent Australia’s leading insurers and a number of specialist underwriters, managing claims in the District and Supreme Courts of Western Australia as well as the State Administrative Tribunal.

Our services include:

  • compulsory third party insurance, including a range of minor to catastrophic motor vehicle personal injury claims
  • public and employer’s liability claims
  • claims regarding asbestos-related diseases
  • professional indemnity claims, including medical negligence
  • other areas of professional indemnity claims against solicitors in relation to their management of personal injury, workers’ compensation, medical negligence and public liability matters
  • advice regarding reporting and mitigation obligations
  • claims for indemnity under a range of insurance policies including contractor risk, works, transit and marine and professional indemnity policies
  • commercial litigation conducted on a joint subrogated and primary claim basis
  • advice on occupational health and safety issues

In managing our clients’ interests, we aim to identify the key legal and determinative issues of a claim and resolve matters in an expedient manner.  To this end, we are active proponents of mediated resolutions of claims, both on an informal basis and at pre-trial conference negotiations.

Successful outcomes we have recently achieved for our clients include:

  • achieving settlement in one of the largest claims involving the Insurance Commission of Western Australia, via a Court approved periodical payment structured settlement
  • successfully defending through to the High Court a multi million dollar catastrophic injury claim on the issue of liability
  • successfully defending an issue of liability through to the High Court in relation to a professional indemnity claim brought against a firm of solicitors