Luke is engaged by insurer and insured clients to help them resolve professional indemnity claims, particularly litigated claims against financial companies and professionals.

Luke is known for providing measured advice to directors and officers in large claims, during investigations and enquiries, and at Royal Commissions. He also provides coverage advice to financial institutions on liability issues and disputes.

Luke attends settlement conferences and mediations in the NSW courts and tribunals. He is an active member of APIG and AILA.

  • Assisting Senior Counsel prepare for the Cross City Tunnel case in relation to the nature and value of a tolling right.
  • 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. These actions involved claims of avoidance of policy based on fraudulent non-disclosure and various other exclusions.
  • 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
  • Inquiries, Investigations + Prosecutions
  • Professional Liability

Industry Representation
  • Energy, Mining + Power
  • Healthcare + Life Sciences
  • Professions + Business Services
  • Retail + Labour Hire

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