Area of expertise
- General Insurance
- Life & Disability Insurance
- Public & Product Liability
Partner LLB (Hons), BCom
phone +61 3 8687 7353
Gerry specialises in the defence of life / disability insurance claims and public / product liability claims.
Gerry is the national head of Moray & Agnew’s life insurance practice. Over the past decade, he has grown his Melbourne-based life insurance practice to the point that it now represents life insurers and superannuation trustees in every Australian jurisdiction. He has handled hundreds of matters in this niche field and was described by life insurers as a ‘fantastic’ lawyer with ‘extensive knowledge’ of the life insurance industry in Legal 500 Asia Pacific.
Gerry was formerly an in-house lawyer at AXA Australia, specialising in life insurance claims. His ‘inside knowledge’ ensures he has complete understanding of what life insurers require from legal providers.
Gerry acts in disputes involving the full spectrum of life products, including income protection, total and permanent disablement (TPD), critical illness and term life. Recently, his team successfully defended a TPD claim (Long v United Super and Hannover) and an income protection claim (AIA v Fenton) in the County Court of Victoria. Research indicates that these are the only two cases that have been successfully defended by a life insurer in the County Court in the past 25 years.
In addition to Victorian litigation, a number of life insurers instruct Gerry to act in ‘lower volume’ jurisdictions to obtain the benefits of specialist representation in those jurisdictions as well as a consistent national approach to litigation.
Gerry also acts for one of Australia’s major liability insurers and has managed their Victorian portfolio for many years. His team defends public and product liability claims (personal injury and property damage) 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 successfully defended an occupier in an 18 day jury trial and obtained an order of indemnity costs in his client’s favour. He also specialises in the defence of recovery claims issued by the Victorian WorkCover Authority.
Insurers commend Gerry for his ‘advice of the highest quality’, ‘timeliness and accessibility’ and for ‘achieving the best possible outcomes’. He was also identified by plaintiff and defendant lawyers as a leading insurance lawyer in Doyle’s Guide.
- Australasian Life Underwriting and Claims Association Inc