Area of expertise

Insurance Law

  • Catastrophic Claims
  • General Insurance
  • Motor Vehicle Law
  • Property & Industrial Special Risk Claims
  • Public & Product Liability
  • Professional Indemnity
  • Policy Interpretation & Indemnity Disputes
  • Fraud & Arson Claims

Peter Utiger

Partner Dip Law, BCom(Marketing)

office Newcastle
phone +61 2 4911 5412

Peter has specialised in insurance law and litigation for over 30 years.

He has extensive experience in handling compulsory third party (CTP), product liability, public liability and major catastrophic claims on behalf of a number of local and overseas insurers.

Catastrophic claims that Peter has managed have involved quadriplegia, tetraplegia, paraplegia, significant brain damage, amputations and plaintiffs on permanent life support.

He handles product liability claims involving amongst others motor vehicles, motorcycles, heavy machinery, electrical generators, X-ray and CT scan equipment, power saws and domestic appliances including televisions and air conditioning systems.

Peter also acts as a claims agent in relation to product liability and professional indemnity matters which arise in Australia and New Zealand for a major Japanese insurer. In that capacity, all product liability and professional indemnity claims which arise in Australia and New Zealand are first reported by the insured to Peter who then arranges early investigations and expert evidence.

Peter is also experienced in professional indemnity claims involving engineers, and has substantial experience in both domestic and commercial public liability claims.

Peter has been ranked in the peer-reviewed Best Lawyers® in Australia reports published annually by the Australia Financial Review since 2013.

Published Articles

AAI Limited v Ali [2015] NSWSC 1068

Motor Vehicle Directions

Background The plaintiff, AAI, applied for judicial review of a MAS Assessment performed by Assessor Cameron, and also the decision of…

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Motor Vehicle Directions

Ali v AAI Limited [2016] NSWCA 110 and Insurance Australia v Milton [2016] NSWCA 156 Two recent cases handed down by…

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Al Shmaeri v AAI Limited

Motor Vehicle Directions

Sydney District Court – Judge Williams presiding Judgement handed down on 29 October 2015 Background Mr Al Shmeari, the plaintiff, alleged…

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Professional Membership

  • Law Society of NSW
  • National Product Liability Association
  • Newcastle Law Society