Ronald advises primarily on professional indemnity and management liability claims and also has experience dealing with property disputes and subrogated recoveries.

Working across a range of industry sectors, Ronald acts for insurers on coverage issues as well as defending insureds, in the manufacturing and supply, engineering, surveying, valuation, financial planning and finance sectors.

Ronald is skilled managing large-scale disputes involving multiple parties and stakeholders, along with complex liability and/or quantum issues. His approach to all matters is proactive with a focus on delivering pragmatic and cost-effective outcomes.

Professional Indemnity

  • Acted for a geotechnical engineer to defend an over $12 million claim regarding deficient earthworks at a QLD property development.
  • Acting for financial planners and AFSLs in defending claims for negligent financial planning advice.
  • Acting for an acoustic engineer to defend a claim regarding noise nuisance from a nearby wind farm.
  • Acting for valuers in defending claims for negligent business and property valuations.

Management Liability / Directors + Officers Liability

  • Acting for a cryptocurrency provider and its executive management in respect of an ASIC regulatory investigation and class action.
  • Acting for waste treatment / processing plants in respect of EPA investigations and prosecutions for alleged environmental contamination / discharge.
  • Acted for a director in defending a claim from the collapse of a large Sunshine Coast property development.

Property + ISR

  • Acting for an insured in defending a property damage claim to furniture manufacturing equipment.
  • Acting for a Hastie subsidiary in defending a claim for negligent subcontractor works.

Subrogation + Recoveries

  • Acting for London Underwriters in a subrogated recovery for a high-rise fire caused by negligent electrician works. The recovery is in the order of $25 million for property damage and business interruption losses and involves complex expert evidence regarding fire origin and cause.
  • Acting for Australian Underwriters in subrogated recovery for asbestos remediation at a natural gas facility.
Areas of Expertise
  • Directors + Officers Liability
  • Environmental Liability
  • Management Liability
  • Professional Liability

Industry Representation
  • Construction + Infrastructure
  • Financial Institutions + Services
  • Industrial + Commercial Property
  • Professions + Business Services
  • Sports, Leisure + Entertainment

Professional Affiliations
  • Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Australian Professional Indemnity Group
  • Law Society of Queensland