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Wotton + Kearney

Insurance

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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. Experienced in claims involving the construction, infrastructure and energy sectors, among others. 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. 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. Key clients include Allianz and Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance.

Strengths

A client emphasises Wotton + Kearney's "knowledge of the subject matter, good market connections and solution-orientated approach," and also remarks: "They understand the sometimes sensitive nature of the issues and weave this understanding into their advice. And they give us options, which is what we need on complex cases."

Work highlights

Wotton + Kearney advised over 20 insurers involved in the provision of the contract works project insurance for the construction of the onshore facilities for Inpex’s Ichthys LNG project in Darwin with regard to claims concerning the allegedly faulty painting and insulation of some of the facilities' steel piping.

Notable practitioners

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. A market source calls him "a big player with a big personality and a very good practice and following in the property area," while a client reports: "Adam has strong people skills and a lot of market experience, is direct when he need to be, letting us know when something is not possible from a legal standpoint, and works to our timeline, which can be a stretch sometimes." He is based in Sydney.

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. Described by market sources as an "experienced and respected" lawyer with a particularly "good practice" in the environmental space, he is praised by a client as a "good and pragmatic all-rounder."

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. Based in Sydney, she draws praise from several interviewees, sources variously describing her as "well regarded and very hard-working," "very good in the casualty space" and "good for litigation."

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. A market source who notes his "good reputation" adds that he is highly visible - and "very impressive" - "across a broad range of issues and in a number of different sectors," while a client reports that he "stands out for his strategic approach."

David Kearney is the firm's co-founder and CEO and commands great market respect for "the good job he has done and the enormous success he has had" since Wotton + Kearney's establishment. 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.

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Wotton + Kearney

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Level 26, 85 Castlereagh Street

Sydney

New South Wales

Australia

NSW 2000

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Australia

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