Luke has extensive experience acting on behalf of a wide range of professionals, with a particular focus on the construction industry, extending to both coverage and defence.

Luke has been involved as defence counsel with various investigations and enquiries by a range of regulatory bodies including ASIC, ACCC, SafeWork and the NSW Environment Protection Authority. Luke also has experience acting for directors and officers in liquidator’s claims and regulatory proceedings.

  • Advising and acting on behalf of a major insurer regarding joinder to consumer protection class action.
  • Acting as coverage and monitoring counsel in a claim for misleading and deceptive conduct arising out of a major mining project.
  • Advising a major Australian insurer on coverage and liability of parties involved in the design and construction of buildings with combustible cladding.
  • Advising and acting on behalf of a major Australian insurer in two class actions launched against a finance provider under a micro lenders civil liability professional indemnity policy.
  • Advising and obtaining security for costs on behalf of a major insurer in relation to an indemnity dispute with a manufacturer of a product that was injected into exhaust systems of diesel-powered vehicles.
  • Advising and acting on behalf of a major insurer concerning declaratory relief sought in line with a mortgage industry professional indemnity policy, including section 601(AG) of the Corporations Act (Cth) (recovery from insurer directly) and fraud exclusion.
  • Acting on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer of a statutory body involving claims of misfeasance in public office plus judicial review proceedings including appeal proceedings.
  • Acting on behalf of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists regarding alleged contraventions of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth).
  • Acting on behalf of a barrister in a case involving advocates immunity in NSW Court of Appeal and successfully resisting an application for special leave.
  • Advising a directors & officers and company reimbursement insurer of a group of companies regarding the extent of coverage in respect of Representation Expenses and Defence Costs for an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission investigation and ‘cartel’ prosecution.
  • Advising the Association liability insurer of various Health Services Union branches in connection with the Royal Commission into Trade Union’s and the Fair Work Commission’s investigations and enquiries.
  • Acting on behalf of a large manufacturer of electrical substations in defence of a claim commenced by Endeavour Energy alleging negligent design and breach of contract.
  • Acting on behalf of numerous financial planners in relation to losses arising from the collapse of the Trio Capital Group.
Areas of Expertise
  • Commercial Property
  • Construction + Contract Works
  • Directors + Officers Liability
  • Professional Liability

Industry Representation
  • Energy, Mining + Power
  • Professions + Business Services
  • Construction PI
  • Statutory Regulatory Proceedings

Professional Affiliations
  • Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Australian Professional Indemnity Group