Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Insurance Department

Australia
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What the team is known for Frequently sought out by major corporates and institutional policyholders in the construction, infrastructure, financial services and energy sectors in relation to major claims and coverage work, including class action coverage-related advice. Particularly active on matters relating to professional indemnity insurance, offers substantial expertise in risk allocation and insurance regimes and is well placed to advise on surety bond facility issues. Integrated team, operating across offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, offers nationwide expertise.

Strengths One interviewee's observation that this is a practice that "knows our business and is aligned with our interests" is complemented by that of another, who says: "They understand when clients wish to settle and avoid a protracted dispute with its associated costs, and will seek an early resolution for you."

The team also receives high marks for providing what one client calls "a first-class, superior level of service," attained by lawyers who "will always go beyond the call of duty" in this regard. The same source also notes that one consequence of this is that "documentation is prepared, or responded to, efficiently and promptly, meaning that there are no excessive or unnecessary fees."

Notable practitioners


Catherine Oldenburg
is cited for an enviable list of qualities by a client who praises her "incredible breadth of insurance-related knowledge" and "excellent analytical skills," as well as the fact that she is "always readily available to provide advice" and "assertive but not aggressive in pursuing her client's instructions." Highly experienced in the litigation of insurance disputes, particularly on behalf of construction and infrastructure sector clients, she also advises on questions concerning a wide range of insurance products.


Frank Lawson
brings to the table more than 30 years' experience in the insurance sphere and particularly deep familiarity with professional indemnity and risk management issues, particularly where they impact on players in the construction and infrastructure sectors. Interviewees respect him as a "leader of the industry" who continues to be a prominently active source of "commercial and practical" advice.