Who we are

Wotton + Kearney’s vision is to be the premier insurance and dispute resolution law firm providing legal solutions across Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific.


Dedicated to insurance.

Wotton + Kearney has one focus – insurance law. Since our inception in Sydney in 2002, we have grown to one of Australasia’s largest insurance law teams. With over 140 lawyers across offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth in Australia and Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand, our dedication to insurance makes us the law firm of choice for some of the largest insurers, brokers and industry participants operating in this region.

Our focus on insurance ensures our team handling General Insurance claims has an in-depth knowledge of the legal issues, the way claims are handled, and the commercial drivers and interests that impact the insurance industry, as well as the impact on our clients and their customers.

We have successfully grown our business through achieving quality outcomes for our clients and creating high levels of satisfaction with our work across all claim types. We have assisted our clients and their customers with the management of a wide array of claims – from high volume, less complex to large value and often highly complex, multi-party claims.


Leaders in our field.

W+K is consistently ranked for its specialist insurance expertise alongside full service top tier and international law firms.

In Australia, we have been ranked as a Band 1 firm for insurance law by Chambers Asia-Pacific every year since 2015. Four of our partners are also recognised as Leading Individuals by Chambers Asia-Pacific, including David Kearney recognised as the only Eminent Practitioner. For the past four years we have been a finalist in the Australian Financial Review’s Client Choice Awards.

In New Zealand, our lawyers were the 2016 and 2017 winner of Insurance Specialist Law Firm of the Year, along with Antony Holden nominated as Managing Partner of the Year in the 2017 New Zealand Law Awards.

Both our Australian and New Zealand teams have been recently recognised by Legal 500 Asia Pacific rankings as a Top Tier Firm 2018 with 13 lawyers singled out by their clients for their expertise and pragmatism. Legal 500 Asia Pacific provided the following summary based on endorsements received from our clients

“Specialist insurance firm Wotton + Kearney is ‘the best in class for insurance work in Australia’, provides ‘exceptional client service that consistently delivers’ and its team, led by David Kearney, ‘always goes above and beyond to meet expectations’. The group provides ‘a specialised and cost-effective service’ that clients describe as ‘top tier’ ”.

 See the link to the Legal 500 Australian and New Zealand pages for more details.


Local insight. International reach.

In January 2017 W+K was a founding member of a new innovative legal services model, Legalign Global, an alliance between four of the world’s leading insurance law firms – BLD Bach Langheid Dallmayr (Germany), DAC Beachcroft (UK) and Wilson Elser (US), developed in response to increasing globalisation.  Legalign Global facilitates a more effective legal services response to global insurers and to their customers participating in multi-national insurance programs and works to a common Client Services Charter.

Through Legalign Global, W+K can also draw on the strong relationships our partner firms have with you internationally, particularly in the European and London markets. This helps us to better understand your global approach to core business lines, share insights relevant to your local business, and provide a consistent service in each location in line with our global client service charter.

To read more about Legalign Global, please visit www.legalignglobal.com.