Robertsons Barristers & Solicitors

Insurance Department

New Zealand
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What the team is known for A specialist insurance firm noted for its particular expertise in property damage claims and aviation liability matters. Its clients include global insurers as well as New Zealand and international brokers. Also has experience in professional liability and general liability cases.

Strengths A client, who rates this team as "streets ahead of any other firm I have worked with," says: "They show great expertise in what they do, having built up years of work experience, have commercial acumen and are very relevant in terms of the latest experience and knowledge."

Another client reports: "They are professional, knowledgeable and take a pragmatic approach to problems, always looking for an outcome that provides the best outcome for all parties - and they are not afraid to look for solutions that sit outside of the box."

Work highlights Acted for UK-based aviation underwriters with regard to coverage and claims-related issues arising out of a heli-skiing accident in which one fatality and a number of injuries were sustained.

Notable practitioners

Helen Twomey
practises exclusively in the insurance sphere, focusing principally on liability issues, particularly those arising in the legal and financial services sectors. Many of her qualities are highlighted by the comments of two clients, one of whom calls her "incredibly detailed, punctual, articulate and great to deal with," while another, heartily concurring in the matter of user-friendliness, notes that she is also "very experienced, pragmatic and capable," adding: "I trust her advice and guidance."

Founding partner
Michael Robertson
is a highly respected insurance specialist who operates what one market source calls "a big general insurance and professional indemnity practice." Also prominent in the handling of general liability issues, he is valued by clients as an adviser who is "great at identifying and dissecting policy wordings and finding creative ways to simplify and improve outcomes," and is, according to one interviewee, "a very strong lawyer that I would use if it was a claim requiring a robust defence and strong counsel."