George Ioannidis

Senior Associate

Industries

Practices

George is an insurance lawyer with over 5 years’ of litigation experience and has a broad practice acting for a number of high profile insurers and private clients.

George has particular expertise in representing and advising insurers in relation to large scale litigation including class actions, indemnity disputes and insurance fraud claims, as well as public and product liability and professional indemnity claims. He is highly regarded for his project and people management expertise and is an active participant in the Hall & Wilcox pro-bono program.

George is considered by his clients as a trusted advisor and has a reputation of providing practical, concise and cost-effective advice whilst helping his clients to secure successful outcomes.

George was a Finalist for the 2017 Lawyer’s Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards in Insurance.

He is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and Young Insurance Professionals Australia.

Experience

  • Representing almost 200 plaintiffs in Supreme Court of Western Australia proceedings in relation to property damage losses totalling more than $10 million, arising from a bushfire.
  • Acting as a damages assessor following the settlement of the Kilmore East and Murrindindi Black Saturday bushfires class actions.  George supervised a team of 15 paralegals and junior lawyers in assisting over 5,000 people with assessed losses totalling approximately $400 million in getting the compensation they were entitled to. George assisted his insurer clients recover over $180 million.
  • Representing a major insurer in defending a claim involving a $1 million Lamborghini where the plaintiff was also claiming $300,000 for hire car expenses. George defended the claim to judgment in the County Court.  By putting together a well-prepared case and leaving no stone unturned, ultimately the Court agreed that the hire car claim ought to be reduced to nil and the plaintiff’s claim was reduced by over 60%.
  • Acting for a number of insurers in respect of a recent bushfire class action issued by a plaintiff law firm. George provided his clients with complex yet practical advice as to whether the legal costs being claimed by the plaintiff law firm managing the class action were exorbitant and ought to be challenged. Ultimately, George helped convience the Supreme Court that the legal costs being claimed should be reduced, thereby increasing the recovery rate for all plaintiffs, including George’s insurer clients.
  • Acting for an uninsured private client in a personal injury claim. The dispute was settled just before a lengthy (and costly) trial on the basis that the client contributes approximately 10% towards the settlement amount, with the other defendant contributing the rest. The client was ecstatic with the outcome.
  • Defending insurers in proceedings brought by customers relating to staged motor vehicle collisions. On multiple occasions George has uncovered evidence through subpoenas and other Court processes that have helped establish connections between the relevant third parties and/or prove that some of the parties involved in the alleged collisions did not exist. On several occasions the other parties abandoned their claims and paid the insurer’s costs.
  • Providing insurers with indemnity advice and assisting them with the preparation of submissions to the Financial Ombudsman Service.
  • Representing professional indemnity insurers in relation to negligence claims made against various professionals including pest inspectors and property valuers.