Media Release | MinterEllison cements its position as Australia's premier insurance law firm

14 October 2016

For the fifth year running, MinterEllison has walked away with the pinnacle award for law firms at the AB+F Insurance Awards – named "Law Firm of the Year 2016".

These awards honour the best in the insurance industry and their achievements during the past year. They are Australia’s premier insurance awards, covering all aspects of the industry.

Head of MinterEllison's national insurance group, partner Peter Coats, said that the firm is honoured to have been recognised again by the insurance industry for its contribution to the sector.

"The award confirms our sustained passion, drive and commitment to the industry and our aspiration to be our clients' best partner," he said. "MinterEllison has a proud track record of service to the insurance industry that spans more than 50 years. We're focused on maintaining that leadership position, growing our offering to clients and growing our capabilities.

“Recently, we were excited to announce that leading accident compensation and self-insurance specialist Mary MacLeod had joined us as a partner, and we hope to have further exciting news to announce shortly.”

"Well done to the whole team. This AB+F win is truly a collaborative effort," Mr Coats said.

MinterEllison’s insurance practice is one of the largest in Australia, with teams in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and the Gold Coast.

Highlighted in MinterEllison's nomination for this year's AB+F Award were some of the headline back end, front end, and new classes of risk work undertaken by the firm's national insurance team during the past year, including:

  • AIA, AMP, Challenger, Hannover, HCF, NAB, TAL, Westpac, Zurich on the implementation of the Future of Financial Advice reforms and Life Insurance Framework / Trowbridge reforms.
  • Zurich on the acquisition of Macquarie Limited. This complex transaction accelerates Zurich's growth in the Asia Pacific and strengthens its Australian presence.
  • Managing all asbestos claims in Victoria for three of Australia's largest insurers, Allianz Australia Insurance Limited, QBE Insurance Limited, AAI Limited.
  • AMP and NAB on complex financial advisor remediation schemes.

MinterEllison is the only top tier law firm in Australasia to maintain a comprehensive front end practice (policy advice, corporate advisory and transactions and reinsurance,) and back end claims practice (covering all claims classes – professional indemnity, D&O, cyber, product liability, asbestos, life, marine, aviation, self-insureds, government). We have significant expertise defending litigation, including class actions, on complex insurance issues.