Find Lawyers in Adelaide, Australia for Insurance Law
John is a Special Counsel in the firm’s Insurance practice and is nationally recognised in the area of dust diseases litigation. John has over 15 years’ experience in insurance and civil litigation. John’s work involves complex legal, scientific and medical issues in the specialised field of toxic torts. He has extensive experience involving asbestos related claims, general insurance matters including property damage, negligence and motor vehicle insurance, public liability,...
About Michael Michael specialises in statutory litigation in both the state and Commonwealth jurisdictions. He has regularly been included on AFR's Best Lawyers Australia list, most recently in the 2019 edition (published 2018). What he does Michael acts for employers and insurers in statutory litigation matters and provides strategic advice on minimising claims liability. He runs litigation in the AAT and Federal Court, as well as the South Australian Workers Compensation Tribunal and the Di...
About Julie Julie is a highly experienced professional indemnity insurance lawyer. She was named Adelaide's Insurance Lawyer of the Year in 2012 by Australian Financial Review Best Lawyers and has been acknowledged as one of Australia's leading Insurance lawyers since 2011.Julie is the immediate past Chair of the South Australian chapter of the Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA) and was awarded the 2017 AILA Life Membership for her significant contribution to the Association's develo...
About Helen Helen is an experienced general liability insurance lawyer with a strong background in professional indemnity. She was acknowledged in the Australian Financial Review's Best Lawyers 2019 as one of Australia's leading Insurance, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation lawyers. In 2017, she was recommended as a Leading Professional Indemnity Lawyer in SA by Doyle's Guide. What she does Helen advises insurers on policy wording and coverage, reserves and disputes and overall cla...
About Lucille Lucille is involved in a wide range of insurance and risk-related matters. She is a strong litigator and natural negotiator, representing clients in multiple jurisdictions including the Supreme and District Courts of South Australia. Lucille is a member of the Law Society of South Australia and was previously a committee member of the South Australian chapter of the Australian Insurance Law Association. What she does Lucille regularly provides detailed and complex advice to insu...
Insurance Law Definition
Insurance is a wide practice area covering a range of insurance policies, industry sectors, and areas of legal expertise.
Specialist insurance lawyers typically act on behalf of insurers in the investigation and defence of claims made against parties who hold insurance policies, and/or in providing related coverage advice as to whether the relevant insurance policy (or policies, in the case of dual insurance) responds to those claims.
Where coverage advice is required, some insurers prefer to split the role of ‘defence’ and ‘coverage’ counsel, while others will engage lawyers to perform a dual role. In the event of a coverage dispute (and therefore a conflict of interests) between the insurer and insured, separate representation is required to ensure a timely identification of the relevant issues and resolution of the dispute.
The types of policy vary widely, including for example Professional Indemnity, Medical Malpractice, Directors’ and Officers’ Liability, Management Liability, Employment Practices Liability, Statutory Liability, Cyber Risks, Crime, General (Public and Product Liability), Aviation, various Broadform policies covering a range of risks, and various policies relevant to the construction industry, such as Contract Works.
Within each class of policy are a number of sub-specialities. For example, Professional Indemnity policies are issued to accountants, barristers, doctors, engineers, financial advisers, mortgage brokers, real estate agents solicitors, valuers, and many more.
With such a broad range of policies, lawyers advising in this area require a detailed understanding of the industries in which they practice and the relevant legislation, in addition to expertise in insurance law (for example, Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth)), contract law, tort (primarily negligence), and the Australian Consumer Law, and of legal practice and procedure in State and Federal jurisdictions.
Industry expertise will include a thorough knowledge of the relevant disciplines involved in the underlying conduct or transaction giving rise to the claim, to advise on the technical issues arising in the context of the applicable legal framework. This will ensure the ability to quickly identify the relevant issues and the most appropriate resolution strategy, whether by way of an early compromise, alternative dispute resolution or court proceedings and a trial.
The commercial discipline for any insurance lawyer is to be able to distil often complex technical and legal issues as quickly as possible, to enable the most appropriate resolution to be identified and achieved as cost effectively as possible for the benefit of all the interested stakeholders (insurers, insureds, and intermediaries).
Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Our methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.
Best Lawyers employs a sophisticated, conscientious, rational, and transparent survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services. Our belief has always been that the quality of a peer review survey is directly related to the quality of the voters.