Area of expertise

Insurance Law

  • Directors & Officers
  • Health Law
  • Professional Indemnity
  • Public & Product Liability
  • Policy Interpretation

Phil Keays

Managing Partner Perth LLB

office Perth
phone +61 8 6317 0400

Phil is the Managing Partner of the firm’s Perth office. He has extensive experience in insurance litigation, especially in the areas of professional indemnity, product liability and public liability.

His experience includes:

  • Defending complex claims against a broad range of professionals engaged in the construction, financial, health and legal sectors
  • Advising extensively on indemnity issues arising out of professional indemnity policies in the Australian context, including the operation of sections 40(3) and 54 of the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth) and the operation of continuous cover clauses
  • Advising on the proportionate liability regimes under the Competition and Consumer Act 2000 (Cth) and the Civil Liability Act 2002 (WA)
  • Representing health and legal professionals in connection with disciplinary complaints, investigations and proceedings
  • Advising on the product safety regime under the Australian Consumer Law, including in respect of mandatory reporting obligations and voluntary product recalls
  • Defending claims against manufacturers and distributors of various products, with particular emphasis on potential liability under the Australian Consumer Law and the Sale of Goods Act 1895 (WA)
  • Defending personal injury claims, ranging from routine ‘slip and falls’ to claims involving catastrophic injury
  • Advising extensively on the operation of contractual indemnity and insurance provisions.

Phil is a strong proponent of alternative dispute resolution. He has well developed negotiation skills, and routinely attends mediation and settlement conferences on behalf of his clients.

Phil is passionate about his work, and seeks to make a positive contribution in his area of practice. He has excellent industry knowledge and is an active member of relevant industry and professional bodies.

Phil is a former committee member of the Law Society’s Courts Committee and Professional Liability Committee.

Phil has been ranked in the peer-reviewed Best Lawyers® in Australia reports published annually by the Australia Financial Review since 2018.

Professional Membership

  • Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Australian Professional Indemnity Group
  • Law Society of Western Australia
  • Underwriting Agencies Council