Kemsley Brennan
Partner, Sydney
I have worked extensively with insurers, reinsurers and brokers in Australia, Asia, the US and Europe. This has allowed me to develop a practice that focuses on front-end compliance, regulatory issues and disputes, and complex claims management involving financial lines and complex casualty insurance.

As an insurance specialist with a deep understanding of industry issues I am able to bring both specialist knowledge and commerciality when dealing with insurance clients. I have advised leading Australian and international insurers and reinsurers on restructures, transfer schemes and complex disputes. I have also helped design and develop new insurance products.

Having managed litigation globally for a major international insurer, I can also identify the real issues upfront and develop a comprehensive strategy to quickly and effectively resolve disputes.

Career highlights

  • Worked on high-profile litigation proceedings in Australia and overseas, including the collapse of Lehman Brothers; class actions related to Aristocrat Leisure Limited, GIO, Harris Scarfe, LG, Multiplex and Samsung; and an Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) investigation into ABC Learning
  • Developed and designed general insurance products for ACE, Allianz, Chubb, CGU Insurance Limited, IAG Limited, Allianz AGCS Liberty and XL Catlin
  • Advised life and general insurers such as Zurich and IAG Limited on numerous portfolio transfers, including those under Part 9 of the Life Insurance Act 1995 (Cth) and Division 3A of the Insurance Act 1973 (Cth)