Area of expertise

Insurance Law

  • Directors & Officers
  • Financial Institutions
  • Professional Indemnity
  • Property & ISR Claims
  • Public & Product Liability
  • Investigations
  • Recoveries
  • Construction & Engineering Risks

Ian Denham

Partner LLB (Hons), BA, LLM, Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation

office Sydney
phone +61 2 9234 4544

Ian has over 20 years’ experience in insurance law and has been recognised for his experience in the area since 2016 in the Australian Financial Review’s annual Best Lawyers® in Australia report.

His technical and practical skills are reflected in his Specialist Accreditation with the Law Society of New South Wales in commercial litigation (insurance law).

Ian’s principal focus is in professional indemnity claims, where he acts for barristers, allied health professionals, financial intermediaries and advisors, and a wealth of other professionals.

Ian frequently advises insurers on coverage issues for professional indemnity and D&O policies across various aspects, including liability claims, crime, statutory liability and employment practices liability. Ian also drafts policies and endorsements for insurers.

On instructions from professional indemnity insurers, Ian has assisted dozens of professionals in disciplinary proceedings across different industries and in different Australian jurisdictions.

Ian also acts in and advises upon, coronial inquiries in various Australian states.

Acting in over 100 claims on behalf of barristers has provided Ian with unparalleled knowledge of the law of the area, including advocate’s immunity and personal costs orders against lawyers.

Ian’s public liability experience focuses on multi-party claims arising from industrial accidents. He has a detailed knowledge of the intricate provisions of NSW workers compensation law and industrial laws.

Ian brings the large majority of his claims to conclusion via alternative dispute resolution. However, some claims which have proceeded to judgment include:

  • Nash v Council of the NSW Bar Association [2013] NSWCCA 446
  • Seidler v Carroll & O’Dea [2014] NSWCA 48
  • Young v Hones [2014] NSWCCA 337 (and many other decisions arising from the same dispute).

Published Articles

High Court to reconsider application of advocate’s immunity to negligently advised settlements: special leave granted in Attwells & Anor v Jackson Lalic Lawyers Pty Limited

Legal Directions

On 7 August 2015 the High Court granted special leave to the plaintiffs in the Attwells proceeding. The High Court’s reconsideration…

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High Court further defines advocate’s immunity from suit

Legal Directions

The decision is Attwells & Anor v Jackson Lalic Lawyers Pty Ltd [2016] HCA 16 (4 May 2016). Background Mr Attwells…

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Professional Membership

  • Australian Professional Indemnity Group