Insurance

Providing legal services to the insurance industry is about more than just giving the best advice. It requires deep industry understanding, an appreciation of issues and challenges facing insurers and the ability to adapt to changing client needs.

MinterEllison’s insurance practice is one of the largest in Australia and truly national. Our knowledge of the insurance industry is second to none and it enables us to tailor advice that focuses on the client and their business objectives. MinterEllison has been awarded 'Insurance Law Firm of the Year' at the Asia-Pacific Banking & Finance annual Insurance Awards each year from 2012 – 2016.

We are the only top tier law firm in Australia to maintain a comprehensive ‘front end’ practice (policy wording/drafting and advice, corporate advisory, reinsurance, agency agreements) and ‘back end’ claims practice (including professional indemnity, D&O, product liability, asbestos, life, marine, aviation, self insureds, government and industrial special risks). We also have significant expertise defending litigation (including class actions) on complex insurance issues.

We have strong professional links with peak industry bodies and consistently support associations through attendance, presentations, sponsorship and involvement in working groups. Our industry involvement assists us to advise clients effectively on the impact of legislative and regulatory changes.

29 February 2016

In the Australian chapter of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Insurance & Reinsurance (2016 Edition), Partner Kemsley Brennan and Associate James Stanton explore insurance and reinsurance law in Australia.

16 April 2015

Yesterday the High Court of Australia upheld the decision of the New South Wales Court of Appeal that the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) does not have power to investigate allegations that Ms Cunneen counselled a person to lie to police. This decision has serious implications for past and future corruption investigations and inquiries.

15 April 2015

In the recent decision of The Hancock Family Memorial Foundation Ltd v Lowe [2015] WASCA 38, the question of when excess liability policies are triggered came under close examination by the Court which held that for cover to be triggered under the excess policy under consideration, two requirements must be satisfied.

19 March 2015

Two recent NSW Court of Appeal decisions highlight that what is an obvious risk under s 5F of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW) is very much in the eye of the beholder.

22 May 2014

The Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) does not require the person registering a security interest to file the underlying security agreement with the PPSR. As an electronic register that permits registration to occur online, the PPSR is accordingly open to obvious abuse where a person is prepared to lodge a sham financing statement.