Australia: Insurance & Reinsurance 2018

Our research into the insurance and reinsurance market sees 20 individuals nominated for their stellar work in the space, standing out for their expertise and insight into a wide range of issues, including coverage disputes, professional indemnity and agency agreements.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Fred Hawke Clayton Utz, Melbourne
2. Michael Gill DLA Piper, Sydney
3. Rehana Box Ashurst, Sydney

Commended for being “quick-witted and always able to provide valuable advice immediately”, Fred Hawke of Clayton Utz stands out as a leading name in field this year. He is widely praised for his “solutions-driven” nature and his extensive previous experience within the insurance industry.

DLA Piper’s Michael Gill is “a towering figure in insurance law” who is “enormously well regarded and respected in the industry in Australia”. Named by sources as “an elder statesman of the field”, his practice spans the full remit of insurance matters, including coverage disputes and commercial transactions.

Rehana Box of Ashurst is “probably the best front-end insurance lawyer in Australia” according to one source, who effuses that she has “the leading transactional and advisory practice in the country”. Commentators are quick to praise her “timely, high-quality advice” and “professionalism, knowledge and ability to present lateral thought”.

Clyde & Co’s Dean Carrigan is “a very skilled professional” and someone who sources continue to speak highly of in our research. One of the top names in the market, his practice sees him advise clients on an array of issues relating to regulatory matters.
Oscar Shub is “a very good lawyer” who maintains an excellent reputation in the Australian market. Respondents commend his impeccable understanding of the market, highlighting his superb work in the claims dispute resolution area.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s Michael Mills is described as “a very experienced and competent practitioner” by respondents. His practice is highly thought of by peers and clients alike, who applaud his expertise in risk solution and coverage disputes.

The “very experienced and very learned” Greg Pynt of Francis Burt Chambers is praised by market observers as “a pre-eminent insurance lawyer”. A “well-regarded barrister”, his practice sees him represent clients on a range of matters.

Wotton + Kearney’s David Kearney is described by sources as “a very good operator”. Under his tenure as chief executive partner, the firm has been noted as “one of the best boutique insurance panel firms in the country”. He offers clients a wealth of knowledge on professional indemnity matters.
Phillip Wotton is an excellent practitioner and one of the top 10 names in the country according to our research. Colleagues praise his comprehensive understanding of directors and officers liability and professional indemnity, in particular within the energy and property sectors.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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