Area of expertise
- Dust & Toxic Tort
- General Insurance
- Life, Disability & Travel Insurance
- Property & Industrial Special Risk Claims
- Public & Product Liability
- Class Actions
Partner LLB (Hons), BCom
phone +61 3 8687 7353
Gerry specialises in the defence of life and disability insurance claims, as well as public and product liability claims. He is the head of Moray & Agnew’s national Life and disability insurance practice group.
Gerry’s life and disability insurance practice advises on the full spectrum of products, including income protection, total and permanent disablement, critical illness, term life, personal accident and group products. He acts for life insurers, personal accident insurers, travel insurers and superannuation funds. He has extensive experience in defending litigated life and disability claims, preparing submissions to the Financial Ombudsman Service and the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal, as well as providing advice on handling and containing contentious claims.
Gerry was formerly an in-house lawyer at AXA Australia, where he specialised in the defence of life and disability insurance claims.
Gerry’s practice extends to other classes of insurance. He receives instructions from insurers to defend public liability and property damage claims made against building contractors, engineers, plumbers, local government, health care providers, schools, real estate agents, hotels, shopping centres, small businesses and private occupiers, among others. He has defended a number of class actions including Legionella outbreaks, food poisoning outbreaks and land contamination.
Gerry also specialises in the defence of recovery claims issued by the Victorian WorkCover Authority pursuant to Section 138 of the Accident Compensation Act, along with the defence of common law claims brought by injured workers. He has particular expertise in assessing a third party’s liability under the formula outlined in Section 138.
Insurers commend Gerry for his ‘advice of the highest quality’, ‘timeliness and accessibility’ and for ‘achieving the best possible outcomes’.
In The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Gerry is described by insurers as a ‘fantastic’ lawyer with ‘extensive knowledge’ of the industry.
- Australasian Life Underwriting and Claims Association Inc