Keegan Alexander

Insurance Department

New Zealand
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What the team is known for Longstanding practice, significantly focused on the handling of domestic high-value claims. Has noted expertise in advising insurers and intermediaries in drafting and reviewing policy wordings. Advises on the full range of property and financial insurance claims. Provides regulatory advice to underwriting agencies and additionally experienced in advising Lloyd's syndicates on New Zealand-based claims.

Strengths More than one interviewee mentions having worked successfully with the practice "for many years," one speaking of "very responsive and pragmatic" lawyers who "look for cost-effective solutions," and another stressing the "relationship of trust and understanding" established with a group of "experienced insurance practitioners and strong litigators."

Swift responsiveness is also identified as a key team attribute, with one client putting "fast turnaround times" at the head of a list which also includes "significant industry experience and a pragmatic approach," while another reports: "They are most timely and understand that clients want action and not to have to wait weeks for a professional response."

Work highlights Advised building warranty insurance provider Stamford Insurance on the development of a new business arrangement with French reinsurer SCOR, allowing the latter to underwrite Stamford's policies through a fronting arrangement obviating the need for SCOR to acquire a local licence.

Notable practitioners

Crossley Gates
is widely acknowledged to be one of New Zealand's best known and most experienced insurance lawyers, having practised in the area for nearly 40 years, a substantial portion of which was spent in-house at a leading insurance firm. Fully conversant with the full range of practice area issues, he is "very well known and respected in the insurance market, particularly in the regulatory, policy drafting and policy interpretation areas," with clients frequently citing his presence as a key reason for instructing Keegan Alexander.

Frank Rose
acts principally on behalf of domestic and international insurers on claims litigation mandates, including fire and general, property and both public and product liability issues. One highly satisfied client characterises him as an adviser with "a wealth of knowledge" in his field who "builds lasting relationships, takes the necessary time to understand our needs and provides opinions which are meaningful and to the point."