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Holmes O’Malley Sexton

Insurance

3 ranked lawyersBand 4IrelandEurope 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Earns praise for proven capacity to handle diverse claims across EL/PL, motor insurance and financial lines. Defends insurers and self-insured companies or associations in personal injury claims filed by employees or third parties. Noted for its expertise in professional liability cases pertaining to the construction, financial services and legal sectors. Assists with coverage disputes arising under professional indemnity policies. Also has a separate claimant-side practice.

Strengths

"I regularly get a summary of each claim and anything that might have happened in the last week or so," says one client, further noting: "The lawyers are proactive in trying to get a claim resolved."

"They are commercially minded," says another source, explaining: "They understand the importance of getting out of a case and getting certainty, but they also understand the importance of bringing our customer along with that decision. They tend to meet our customers face to face more often, which I like."

Work highlights

Represented AIG and its insured property management company in proceedings filed by a tenant suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of a faulty boiler.

Notable practitioners

Harry Fehily is best known for his handling of claims arising under financial lines policies. He has experience in professional liability claims brought against insured accountants. He also defends EL/PL claims. Sources say that he is "knowledgeable and efficient."

Michael Murphy moves up the rankings owing to strong feedback for his professional indemnity practice. Clients highlight his strong technical skills and say that "his arguments are well thought out, researched and backed up." "His advice on strategy is clear and decisive, and his recommendations on reserves are very accurate," reports a second source.

Sources note that Robert Kennedy "can come up with ideas that are a bit outside the box; he looks at cases in different ways to gets things resolved." He enters the rankings owing to a considerable volume of praise for his work predominantly on EL/PL insurance claims.

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Ireland

Insurance: Dispute Resolution


Harry Fehily
Band 3
Michael Murphy
Band 4
Robert Kennedy
Band 4