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Barry.Nilsson. Lawyers

Insurance

2 ranked lawyersBand 3AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Domestic firm with a very strong focus on insurance, covering a wide spectrum of insurance law, including policy drafting and claims management. Handles professional indemnity, D&O, financial lines, public and product liability and cyber insurance matters, among others, for major insurers, reinsurers and insurance brokers, several of whom are clients of over 25 years' standing. Notably adept in the handling of health and safety-related insurance issues and acknowledged for the increasingly national character of its offering, with offices in New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia adding to its traditional strength in Queensland.

Strengths

The team's ability to provide swift and effective service is highly prized, with one client reporting: "We find the mix of expertise with the tendency to find early commercial solutions to be the perfect blend. It adds real value, and we look to give them more work because of it."

The versatility of the practice is also appreciated, with another client noting: "Barry.Nilsson has put together a team which can manage any matter, from the straightforward to the most complex, and still deliver the same high-level outcome."

Work highlights

Acted for a number of insurers and their insureds with regard to claims concerning the alleged use of non-compliant cladding in the construction or renovation of multilevel buildings, including in the case of a high-profile architectural firm facing such a claim in respect of the upgrading of the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.

Notable practitioners

Brisbane-based practice head Rhett Kennedy is "very well respected" in the market and appreciated by clients for what one of them calls his "good blend of expertise and commerciality." He is notably experienced in the handling of complex claims, particularly those originating in the construction, resources and professional service sectors, as well as those generated by catastrophic meteorological events.

Toby Barrie is a prominent player on the Western Australian insurance scene, with market sources referring to him as "well regarded and great," additionally citing his "good reputation" and especially successful Perth track record, while a client reports that he does "an exceptionally good job across a broad spectrum of insurance-related matters."

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Insurance


Rhett Kennedy
Band 4
Toby Barrie
Band 4