Wotton + Kearney

Sydney Office

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Chief Executive Partner: David Kearney
New Zealand Managing Partner: Antony Holden
Number of partners: 45
Number of lawyers: 200
Languages: English, German, Greek, Italian, Serbian, Bosnian, Croatian, Vietnamese

Firm Overview:
Wotton + Kearney (W+K) is Australasia’s largest specialised insurance law team. Founded in 2002, the firm is one of the region’s undisputed leaders in providing legal services to the insurance industry and ranked a Band 1 firm in Chambers. It has more than 200 specialist insurance lawyers across offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Auckland and Wellington. Wotton + Kearney is also a founding member of Legalign Global, an alliance of best-in-region insurance specialist firms.

Main Areas of Practice:
Cyber Risk
D&O / Class Actions
EPL & Workplace Risk
Environmental Liability
Financial Lines Insurance
General Liability Insurance
Marine & Transport Risks
Product Liability Insurance
Property, Construction & Energy Insurance

General Liability:

15 Partners, 90 Lawyers
W+K has one of Australasia’s largest general liability practices, specialising in personal injury (including catastrophic injury claims), third party property damage, product liability and legacy/special issues claims. The firm also has senior specialists in the areas of medical liability, marine & transport, and sports, leisure & entertainment claims.
Contact: Charles Simon
Tel: +61 2 8273 9911
Email: [email protected]

Financial Lines:
15 Partners, 70 Lawyers
W+K is known as a market leader in advising on financial lines claims, including directors & officers, professional liability, construction PI, cyber & privacy risk, financial institutions, workplace/employment practices liability, environmental liability, management liability and regulatory investigations. The firm regularly acts in high-profile matters such as the Myer and Superannuation Class Actions, and the Australian Banking and Aged Care Royal Commissions.
Contact: Cain Jackson
Tel: +61 3 9604 7901
Email: [email protected]

Property, Construction & Energy:
6 Partners, 15 Lawyers
W+K has one of the region’s largest specialist teams operating in the major loss property space across the energy, power, mining, construction and infrastructure sectors. They advise on first party property, business interruption, contract works, commercial & industrial ISR, and subrogated recoveries. W+K has also acted on some of the largest and most complicated natural disaster claims in the region.
Contact: Adam Chylek
Tel: +61 2 8273 9940
Email: [email protected]

New Zealand Team:
10 Partners, 21 Lawyers
W+K is one of New Zealand’s largest specialist insurance law firms. Their New Zealand team is regarded for its strength across major insurance product lines including general liability, professional indemnity, complex property and MDBI claims, employment practices liability, cyber and privacy risk, product liability and subrogated recoveries. They also have one of New Zealand’s leading medico-legal practices, led by partners Sean O’Sullivan, Adam Holloway and Aimee Credin.
Contact: Antony Holden
Tel: +64 4 260 4286
Email: [email protected]

International Work:
Wotton + Kearney works with many of the global insurance leaders doing business in Australia and New Zealand. The firm has an active presence in the London and Singapore markets and provides broader international coverage through its membership of Legalign Global – the largest global alliance of law firms focused on the insurance market. The New Zealand team also handles claims from the Pacific Islands.

Key Clients:
In the past year, W+K has worked with more than 130 insurers, re-insurers, underwriters, brokers, insureds and third-party claims managers.