Michael Down is a partner in our Sydney office working in the area of insurance. Michael has particular expertise in general liability, professional indemnity, and insurance.
Michael acts for insurers and their insureds, particularly in the local government sphere, as well as for other industry participants such as underwriters. He has had a number of cases before the High Court of Australia. Those matters established precedents that have contributed to a reduction in claim numbers.Michael has also acted in many matters concerning the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW), setting the benchmark for the application of that legislation. He has assisted in the review of various councils’ processes and procedures, with a particular emphasis on risk management.He regularly delivers presentations to legal audiences, local government bodies and generally, particularly in relation to developing case law, legislation and policies and procedures relevant to risk management. Michael has been selected by his peers to be included in the 2017 Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers in Australia list for Insurance Law and has appeared on this list since 2012.