Minter Ellison

Maria Kearney
Special Counsel
I am best known for my work defending financial lines claims, and have more than 20 years' experience acting for insurers across a broad range of professional indemnity matters. During my career, I have defended accountants, architects, engineers, financial advisers, insurance brokers and solicitors.
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I handle cases that involve directors’ and officers’ duties and associations liability claims. I have acted in many multi-party, high-value and complex claims.  

Previously, I headed the claims team in one of the UK’s largest professional indemnity underwriting agencies, where I developed an excellent understanding of underwriters’ approach to reserving and claims handling.

My aim is to always provide early and accurate reserve recommendations and take a proactive approach to settlement.

Career highlights:

  • Assisted architects, engineers and construction professionals with many claims involving design and construction issues, including in relation to the roof of a major sporting stadium, the gates of a dam, the mezzanine level of a church and the electrical switchboard of an abattoir
  • Acted for accountants and solicitors in relation to issues arising from matters in which they provided advice, including complex transactions
  • Advised insurance brokers and intermediaries in relation to claims about the scope of cover obtained for their clients
  • Counselled financial advisers and intermediaries in response to claims about products sold and advice provided, particularly pursuant to the Financial Services Authority’s compulsory review requirements in the UK
  • Worked with insurers on indemnity issues for a range of policies, including professional indemnity, management liability and associations liability
  • Acted in claims against valuers involving commercial and residential properties
  • Liaised with underwriters about policy wordings and endorsements
  • Conducted risk assessments and produced risk management bulletins
  • Developed claims handling protocols and systems
  • Participated as a committee member of the Australian Professional Indemnity Group’s Queensland Chapter