The depth of our insurance knowledge means our expertise extends beyond mainstream insurance areas. We provide general insurance advice in diverse areas to a diverse range of clients.
In addition to claims handling, we offer strategic advice on insurance issues. For insurers we draft and refine policy wordings. For claims management agencies we assist in identifying trends and adopting strategies to reduce costs and increase claims handling efficiencies. For public and private sector corporations we tailor risk management strategies with a view to reducing premium and reducing uninsured losses.
We also assist insurers in diverse specialist areas including bloodstock and marine risks.
We receive instructions from Australia’s largest insurers together with numerous Australian and international boutique insurers, brokers, underwriting agencies and claims management agencies.
General insurers from the United Kingdom, United States and continental Europe also regularly instruct us on matters arising in Australia or throughout the South Pacific.
The firm also advises life insurers, government (federal, state and local), and leading self insured corporations on risk and insurance issues.
Our demonstrated legal skills, combined approach of creative problem solving and expertise in alternative dispute resolution ensures that our lawyers offer a rational, cost effective and workable solution to even the most complex legal problems.
Our areas of expertise span:
- Regulatory compliance and risk
- Policy advice, drafting and interpretation
- Class actions
- Marine insurance
- Coronial inquests and inquiries
- Captive insurers / self insurers
- Bloodstock insurance.
Geoffrey Connellan has a strong contentious practice acting for insurers and their insureds. He operates on professional indemnity and financial lines matters, and on ISR claims, class actions, investigations and public and product liability. A client notes that "his work is of a considerably high standard and he provides solid advice."
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018