Barker Henley was one of the first multi-partner practices in the Australian market to focus on insurance law and the management of related legal risks. Collectively, our partners bring more than 125 years’ experience in this area of the law.
Our team comprises senior practitioners with a proven track record in delivering commercially favourable outcomes for our clients. As testimony to our capabilities, more than 65% of all our claims are resolved without litigation.
Our clients include employers, insurers, self-insurers and all levels of government.
Areas of expertise include:
- Medical negligence
- Product Liability
- Professional Indemnity
- Property Liability
- Public Liability
- Recovery actions
- Risk management advice
- Statutory and regulatory compliance
Our Clients Benefit from our Deep Experience and Specialist Knowledge
We have experience and knowledge of insurance litigation in all Courts in multiple Australian jurisdictions. The legislative and regulatory landscape in this field of the law is constantly evolving – and we ensure we remain abreast of the very latest legislative changes and judicial decisions.
This positions us to act as influential advisers, facilitators and negotiators on our client’s behalf. We are especially well-placed to manage issues arising from the interrelationship between the Personal Injuries Proceedings Act 2002, Civil Liability Act 2003 and Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003.
Strategic Case Management and Performance in Premium Reductions/Recoveries
From experience, we know early intervention in a claim contributes to minimising quantum, legal costs and the impact on premiums. Our claims and risk management expertise includes established processes and systems for:
- Gathering and using evidence (liability/factual/medical)
- Determining liability/quantum/recovery
- Alternate dispute resolution, especially adopting non-confrontational procedures.
We have also managed a substantial volume of recovery matters, based on nearly 20 years’ experience in this area. In more recent years, for example, we have successfully recovered (in NSW alone) in excess of $10 million.