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Patrick Boardman

Partner


About Patrick

Patrick has worked in the area of insurance litigation in the UK and Australia for almost 30 years and leads the W+K D&O team in Sydney. He is consistently recognised as a key player in insurance law by The Legal 500 and has specialised expertise and extensive experience in the areas of directors & officers, professional indemnity, investment managers and fidelity.

His practice is split between the provision of coverage advice, acting on behalf of directors and officers in large claims and during ASIC/ACCC investigations and prosecutions or at Royal Commissions, and the conduct of litigated claims against financial companies and professionals.

Patrick is regularly instructed by multi-national insurers in relation to large high profile class actions and shareholder disputes. He also co-leads W+K’s national cyber insurance incident response practice and has been appointed as a ‘breach coach’ for a large multi-national specialist insurer.

Patrick regularly presents seminars and papers to professional bodies and authors articles on key industry trends and developments in D&O and Cyber for clients, insurance publications and legal journals and is an active committee member of APIG.

Areas of Expertise

  • Directors & Officers
  • Professional Indemnity
  • Class Actions
  • Cyber & Data Security
  • Prospectus Liability
  • Regulatory Inquiry, Investigation & Prosecution

Industry Representation

  • Energy & Mining
  • Financial Institutions & Services
  • Professions & Business Services
  • Technology & Cyber

Patrick's Experience

  • Acting for the primary D&O insurer of Leighton Holdings in relation to ASIC and AFP investigations and shareholder class actions.
  • Acting for the primary D&O insurer of Centro Properties Group (Centro) in relation to class actions against Centro and civil penalty proceedings against its directors.
  • Acting for the primary D&O insurer of Hastie Holdings Ltd.
  • Acting for the primary insurer of RiverCity Motorway Group.
  • Advising the primary insurer of various Financial Lines policies in respect of the collapse of one of Australia’s largest financial companies.
  • Acting for insurers in relation to the Special Commission of Inquiry regarding Echo Entertainment.
  • Acting on behalf of insureds in various ACCC and ASIC investigations and prosecutions, including insider trading and price fixing investigations and prosecutions.
  • Advising insurers in respect of matters pertaining to the James Hardie Special Inquiry and ASIC prosecution of the James Hardie board.
  • Acting on behalf of insurers of the Tinkler Group of Companies.
  • Acting on behalf of a senior director in a multi million dollar class action arising out of the collapse of MFS Ltd.
  • Acting on behalf of 2 senior directors of a failed mid tier mining company in defending a class action and 2 separate liquidator claims.
  • Acting on behalf of the excess D&O insurer of Retail Adventures Pty Ltd.
  • Various claims by banks and mortgage insurers against property valuers.
  • Advising fidelity insurers in relation to various significant employee thefts, the largest being $22 million over a 10 year period, including recovery issues.
  • Advising the insurer of one of Australia’s largest construction companies in respect of various professional services claims throughout the world, including Grand Jury investigations in the US and resultant claims.

Recognition

  • Recognised as a key player in insurance law – The Legal 500, Asia-Pacific, 2016
  • Recognised as a key contact in insurance law – The Legal 500, Asia-Pacific, 2015