Expertise

Wotton + Kearney has one focus – Insurance.

 

We are a firm of insurance law specialists who work with our clients to help grow and protect their businesses and the businesses of their customers.  With over 120 lawyers across our Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth offices, we understand the issues facing both regional and global insurance markets, and the impact of those issues on our insurer clients and their corporate customers.

 

We deliver legal solutions that meet the specific needs of the sectors and industries in which our clients operate. Our key industries include: Construction & Infrastructure, Consumer Goods, Energy & Mining, Financial Services, Healthcare, Property & Real Estate, Professions & Business Services, Public Sector & Education, Retail, Technology & Cyber, Transport & Marine, Sports Leisure & Entertainment as well as Manufacturing.

Our team offers a wide range of dispute resolution services and are also experts at coverage and regulatory advisory services. We handle claims across all lines of insurance and reinsurance business, from high volume, less complex claims to large value and often complicated, multi-party claims, as well as first party losses where we are often instructed to represent the subscription market. Further information about our specific business line expertise is below.

We understand that the globalisation of our economy has resulted in an increasing number of companies conducting business across jurisdictions and a demand for high quality , consistent legal representation when disputes occur. We can now offer that representation through our Legalign Global alliance.

Legalign Global is an innovative business model developed from close collaboration between four of the world’s leading insurance law firms, BLD Bach Langheid Dallmayr (Germany), DAC Beachcroft (UK), Wilson Elser (United States) and Wotton + Kearney. Working to a shared Client Service Charter, we are able to deliver consistent standards of service seamlessly across jurisdictions.

PRODUCT LINES


 

  • Accident & Health

  • Construction & Contract Works

  • Cyber & Data Security

  • Directors & Officers

  • Employment Practices Liability

  • Environmental Risk

  • General Liability

  • Product Liability & Recall

  • Professional Indemnity

  • Property & Energy

Accident and health law is a growing area of expertise at Wotton + Kearney

We have developed expertise in dealing with contested claims (often with very significant quantum sums) throughout Australia. In particular, we act for several insurers pursuant to Corporate/Business Travel Insurance programmes for Australian banks and financial institutions and manufacturing and production entities.

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Wotton + Kearney has an experienced team of construction lawyers specialising in claims arising out of the construction industry, both litigated and non-litigated.

Our experience extends to acting for construction professionals such as engineers, architects, design and construction companies, project managers and supervisors, building surveyors and land surveyors. We also have significant experience in both property damage and personal injury claims arising out of construction projects and construction works generally.

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Whether a cyber attack or data security, our team provides practical, commercial and tailored advice to our insurance clients and acts as a ‘breach coach’ to their insured customers whenever and wherever a threat occurs.

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In the wake of the global financial crisis, directors and officers policies are no longer optional insurance purchases.

Our lawyers who specialise in this area have extensive experience in handling claims on behalf of both primary and excess insurers, as well as individual directors and officers across a diverse range of industries. We have acted in some of the key D&O class actions in Australia, in addition to being instructed in many small to medium sized D&O claims, both litigated and non-litigated. We also act in claims arising in Asia and the United States.

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Whether offered as part of a management liability product or as a standalone policy of insurance, we have the expertise to help insurers manage their EPL claims and their customers mitigate ongoing risks.

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Environmental risks, and their corresponding penalties and liability exposures, are increasing both in Australia and globally. The Asia Pacific region has recently seen legislative changes strengthening environmental penalties consequent on environmental damage and pollution, in some instances as a direct consequence of an increase in environment incidents and their severity.

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Our lawyers specialise in conducting the full range of public liability and 3rd party property damage matters from small value, high volume claims to high value catastrophic incidents. Our litigation expertise allows us to pro-actively manage these claims to achieve prompt commercial and cost-effective outcomes.

Specific to Queensland, our Brisbane office routinely acts in personal injury claims brought under the pre-action process prescribed by the Personal Injuries Proceedings Act. Our Melbourne office also has extensive expertise in handling Victorian statutory recoveries matters.

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W+K’s team has the experience to manage product liability issues to support our clients both strategically and cost effectively, to achieve the right commercial outcome and at the same time minimise any reputational damage.

Our services in this area support both insured and insurer clients. Our lawyers have more than 20 years experience working in product liability with experience managing some of Australia’s most complex and hard fought product liability disputes, including extensive class action experience in product liability claims.

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In recent years the Courts have been willing to adopt a far broader definition of what equates to the provision of a "professional service" such that Professional Indemnity insurance is now a prerequisite for many businesses which transcend the “traditional”, established professions.

We have significant experience in defending all types of professionals and advise PI insurers and professional insureds in respect of litigated and non-litigated claims in Australia, Asia, the United States and the UK.

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Property and Energy claims (including ISR, fire and flood, power generation and natural catastrophe) is an area in which Wotton + Kearney’s partners are recognised as industry leaders.

We have handled claims from the smallest to the largest, from the relatively simple to the most complex and boundary-defining. We have serviced a number of the largest and most complicated “headline” claims in this area in Australia and New Zealand. This includes claims arising out of some of the most devastating natural disasters witnessed in Australasia, in particular the Christchurch earthquakes, Queensland floods and Black Saturday bushfires.

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