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Asia-Pacific Guide 2023
Australia Insurance
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Band 1

5 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by Wotton + Kearney

Wotton + Kearney is a market-recognised leader in insurance law and dispute resolution in Australia with 53 partners and over 280 lawyers in total across offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

Our leadership is evidenced by the calibre of our clients, the nature of our instructions and our market accolades, including being named as a Band 1 firm in Australia by Chambers for 11 consecutive years.

We are the ‘go to’ firm in Australia for the majority of global and London market insurers, as well as local brokers and corporate insureds. We are on the legal panels for most of the major local and Lloyd’s market participants doing business in Australia.

W+K is highly regarded in Australia for general liability, financial lines (including class actions, D&O and professional indemnity) and complex property, construction and energy claims. We also have specialist practices in cyber/privacy, health, employment and workplace, product liability, marine and transport, and subrogated recoveries.

To celebrate our 20th anniversary this year W+K launched its 20 Actions for 20 Years Project, which promises to create a lasting legacy in the areas that its people think are most important today – reduced inequality, climate action, mental health and wellness, and social justice.

We also provide global services for insurers and their global clients through our Legalign Global alliance of five of the world’s leading insurance law firms.

Chambers Review

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Insurance Defence - Australia
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Band 1
What the team is known for

Wotton + Kearney is a well-regarded insurance powerhouse acting for major insurers on big-ticket disputes, including public and product liability, financial lines and professional indemnity matters. The team is experienced in claims involving the construction, infrastructure and energy sectors, among others. The firm possesses an impressive trans-Tasman footprint, maintaining six offices across Australia and New Zealand, augmented by access to overseas markets, including those in London and Europe and across Asia, through an alliance with other specialist firms. The insurance team is active in such specialist areas as subrogated recoveries, cyber risk, class actions and medical malpractice, and especially noted for its niche expertise concerning the impact of insurance-related issues on the entertainment, leisure and sports sectors. Its key clients include Allianz and Chubb Insurance.

Work Highlights

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  • Wotton + Kearney represented Powercor Australia in a class action regarding the 2018 St Patrick's Day bushfires in Victoria.

Strengths

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Notable Practitioners

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David Kearney
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David Kearney
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Eminent Practitioners

David Kearney is the firm's co-founder and CEO and commands great market respect. He continues to oversee the operations of the firm's Australian and New Zealand operations from the Sydney office, drawing on the experience acquired in over 25 years' practice in the commercial insurance space.

Cain Jackson
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Cain Jackson
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Band 1

Cain Jackson is based in Melbourne and is noted for his representation of leading financial services providers and other clients in class actions, D&O liability and other professional indemnity issues.

"Cain Jackson is quite exceptional when it comes to large D&O and financial institution matters. He really does think outside the square and comes up with interesting approaches to D&O."

Andrew Moore
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Andrew Moore
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Band 2

Andrew Moore is based in Sydney and focuses on insurance defence issues, including D&O and professional indemnity matters and environmental liability issues, often acting for construction, engineering or financial services sector clients.

"He turns things around fast and advances in difficult circumstances when others might shy away. The ease of getting hold of him is really valuable to me."

Adam Chylek
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Adam Chylek
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Band 3

Adam Chylek commands widespread market recognition for his work in the insurance space, particularly where property-related matters are concerned. He is also noted for his experience in the handling of insurance issues arising from such natural disasters as the Christchurch earthquakes or Queensland floods.

"He has consistently strong performance with excellent work."

Belinda Henningham
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Belinda Henningham
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Band 4

Belinda Henningham acts extensively for both insurers and insureds in the defence of public and product liability claims of all sizes, her expertise extending across a comprehensive range of both personal injury and property damage issues.

Ranked Lawyers at
Wotton + Kearney

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Australia

Insurance

David Kearney
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David Kearney
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Eminent Practitioners
Cain Jackson
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Cain Jackson
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Band 1
Andrew Moore
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Andrew Moore
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Band 2
Adam Chylek
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Adam Chylek
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Band 3
Belinda Henningham
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Belinda Henningham
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Band 4

Members

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Catherine Power

Charles Simon

Paul Spezza

William Robinson

Clients

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AIG

AXA XL

BHSI

Chubb Insurance

DUAL Australia

Liberty Specialty Markets

More than 20 London Underwriters (Lloyd’s of London)

Zurich

Industries

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Construction & Infrastructure

Cyber & Technology

Energy, Mining & Power

Financial Institutions

Healthcare

Industrial & Commercial Property

Manufacturing & Consumer Goods

Marine & Transport

Professions & Business Services

Public Sector & Education

Retail & Labour Hire

Small Medium Enterprises

Sports, Leisure & Entertainment