Area of expertise

Insurance Law

  • General Insurance
  • Property & Industrial Special Risk Claims
  • Public & Product Liability
  • Professional Indemnity
  • Sports Liability
  • Recoveries
  • Investigations

Scott Cowell

Partner LLB (Hons), BCom

office Brisbane
phone +61 7 3225 5909

Scott commenced employment with Moray & Agnew as an articled clerk in 2000 and was appointed a partner of the firm in 2011. He is a highly experienced insurance litigator and leads a team of lawyers who specialise in personal injury, property liability, product liability, industrial special risk (ISR) and recoveries. He has a special interest in sports and leisure risks.

Scott’s clients include major domestic and international insurers, loss adjusters, underwriters and large self-insured corporates. He has handled hundreds of claims in a variety of jurisdictions on behalf of clients, including regularly defending large corporates and their contractors in both small and large scale personal injury, product liability and property damage disputes. In doing so, he is often required to consider complex indemnity issues due to the terms of contracts / sub-contracts, and the various policies of insurance that can apply. He also carefully balances the various commercial considerations that can attach to such claims.

Scott’s advice was particularly sought out by a variety of insurers after the Queensland floods and New Zealand’s Christchurch earthquake in 2011. His advice helped his ISR insurer clients to resolve a number of multimillion dollar claims without recourse to litigation.

Scott’s experience extends to conducting subrogated recovery actions in matters ranging from small scale motor vehicle damage claims to large scale property and fire damage claims. He has a strong track record of resolving such matters in a timely and cost efficient manner.

Scott also drafts policy wordings for insurers, and indemnity and other similar clauses for corporate clients, such as a waiver and indemnity for one of Australia’s largest gymnasium chains.

Scott presents seminars on a regular basis and assists clients by providing legal education to their personnel. He has authored articles on a range of topics, including current legal developments / trends, exclusion and indemnity clauses as well as policy coverage issues.

Scott has been ranked in the peer-reviewed Best Lawyers® in Australia reports published annually by the Australian Financial Review since 2019.

Published Articles

Brisbane decision demonstrates documented & compelling evidence crucial to assessment of psychological injury

Legal Directions

Introduction The plaintiff suffered personal injury at the Woodford Folk Festival on 1 January 2008 (the incident), when a stand with…

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Tales of Byrne’s Demise are Greatly Exaggerated? The Amendment of Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Qld)

Legal Directions

Introduction The Queensland Parliament passed amendments to the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Qld) (‘WCRA’) on 31 August 2016. It…

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Fabre v Lui [2015] NSWCA 157

Legal Directions

Key points House owner (respondent) engaged handyman to affix range-hood to kitchen wall Three years later range-hood fell onto tenant (appellant)…

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Professional Membership

  • Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Queensland Law Society