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Lander & Rogers

Insurance

4 ranked lawyersBand 2AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Well-established insurer practice with considerable experience handling both litigated and non-litigated claims and offering in-depth knowledge of the London market. Areas of strength include class action defence work generally, and product liability, professional indemnity, D&O liability, casualty and medical negligence issues specifically, and the practice is also increasingly identified as a market leader for subrogated recovery work. Growing capability in the construction sector and in the increasingly important areas of cyber risk and recovery, and has a dedicated recoveries team operating in all areas of insurance. Fields further expertise regarding regulation and compliance in regard to insurance M&A transactions.

Strengths

The range of specialist expertise provided by the team is well illustrated by the very specific nature of several clients' recommendations, with interviewees variously characterising the practice as "experienced, thoughtful, responsive and practical on the D&O side," "particularly strong in the medical indemnity space," and "definitely my go-to for subrogated recoveries."

Several clients use such phrases as "excellent client care" or "a high level of customer care" to describe the service they have received. Emphasis is also frequently placed on the fact that team members "adopt a collaborative approach to reach the best commercial outcome," with "lawyers at all levels showing a high level of engagement."

Work highlights

Acted for several insurers with regard to the protection of their rights in connection with a class action concerning the Queensland floods of 2011.

Notable practitioners

Ari Abrahams is viewed by market sources as a"very experienced practitioner with a loyal following," an assessment borne out by clients who praise his "very commercial approach and great advice." One client reports: "He genuinely cares about his clients and their legal needs, and always attempts to achieve the best possible outcome for them." He is particularly well known for his representation of insurer clients, notably including those operating in the casualty, energy, property and recovery classes in class action and other litigation.

Charles Thornley is a specialist in the field of construction and engineering and property insurance, and advises regularly on both coverage and defence aspects of the insurance of major infrastructure projects. Clients describe him as a "good listener and strategic thinker" with "great knowledge and experience of all construction areas" who is also a source of "particularly sage advice."

Market sources acknowledge Julie Smith as a "very good operator," while a client describes her as a partner who "impresses with her command of the detail of our cases." She is an active litigator on behalf of insurer clients across a wide range of practice area issues, including D&O, professional indemnity and management liability claims.

Veronica Chapman is identified by market commentators as a "very well regarded and respected" and "very accomplished" insurance practitioner, with "clients who love her," one of the latter calling her "excellent in all respects." Highly experienced in the space, she stands out for her in-depth knowledge of financial lines-related issues and personal and property liability claims.

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Australia

Insurance


Ari Abrahams
Band 4
Charles Thornley
Band 3
Julie Smith
Band 3
Veronica Chapman
Band 3