Liam is an accomplished and determined litigator with an excellent eye for detail and an exceptional track record in obtaining successful outcomes for his insurer clients.
Liam has particular expertise in relation to mass tort litigation including class actions, indemnity disputes and insurance fraud, subrogated recoveries, ISR and property damage claims, public and product liability claims and professional indemnity (financial lines).
Liam is trusted and respected by his clients for his ability to absorb complex evidence and voluminous documentation in a highly efficient manner. His strategic decision-making and ability to focus on ‘signal’ rather than ‘noise’ is fundamental in ensuring disputes are managed in an efficient and focused manner. It is this aptitude that has enabled Liam to develop a practice with a specific focus on mass tort and complex litigation.
Liam has a deep understanding of the Insurance Contracts Act and first-party insurance principles. This specialised knowledge, combined with his tactical nous has seen Liam develop a reputation within the insurance industry as an insurance fraud and policy coverage expert.
- Successfully representing three insurers and approximately 200 plaintiffs in mass recovery litigation arising from the Parkerville bushfire in Western Australia. After a five week trial in 2018, judgment was handed down in favour of Liam’s clients in March 2019.
- Successfully defending insurers in a number of proceedings brought by insureds relating to staged motor vehicle collisions. Liam has an exceptional track record of interrupting organised crime syndicates and thwarting fraudulent claims, as well as recovering insurers’ investigation costs and obtaining awards of exemplary damages against fraudsters. The key to Liam’s success is his determination, his knowledge of the tactics and methods used by criminal syndicates, his targeted use of court procedures and subpoenas and his attention to detail.
- Successfully defending his client in a $21 million product liability and misleading and deceptive conduct proceeding in the Federal Court. Settlement was ultimately achieved three days into the trial whereby the plaintiff agreed to discontinue the proceeding against Liam’s client and pay 100% of the costs and disbursements incurred.
- Successfully defending an insurer in County Court proceedings relating to a fraudulent home contents insurance claim for approximately $250,000 of allegedly stolen contents. During the course of the proceeding, Liam uncovered evidence that the insured had fraudulently tampered with a large number of receipts in an effort to obscure the dates of purchase. When this evidence was revealed to the insured, he abandoned the claim.
- Liam uncovered evidence which enabled an insurer to deny claims totalling $1.7M made under business and home insurance policies relating to a suspicious fire on the basis of the insured’s fraudulent misrepresentation at the time of applying for the policy.
- A large loss recovery in the Supreme Court of Victoria relating to property damage and business interruption losses arising from a bushfire that destroyed private assets. Liam overcame numerous obstacles (including the insured company being put into liquidation) to achieve an almost full recovery of the subrogated loss.
- Advising an insurer in relation to complex indemnity and non-disclosure issues arising from a series of similar claims made under a Crime and Industrial Special Risks policy. On Liam’s advice, the insurer was able to avoid payment of a number of claims, resulting in a saving to the insurer of over $800,000.
- Acting on behalf of an insurer with respect to a number of litigated claims and disputes before the Financial Ombudsman Service arising from manufactured ‘hail damage’ claims. On each occasion, the insurer relied on evidence that a proportion of the damage was not caused by hail and had, in fact, been intentionally inflicted. Liam successfully defended all five of the litigated claims and the vast majority of the claims before FOS.
- Acting on instructions from an insurer in a personal injury and property damage claim, in which Liam uncovered evidence in relation to the plaintiff’s companies that discredited an economic loss claim of over $2 million. As a result of this, in a negotiated outcome with the plaintiff and the other defendants, Liam’s insurer client contributed approximately 3% of the amount being claimed by the plaintiff.
- Representing professional indemnity insurers in relation to negligence claims made against various professionals including insurance brokers, engineers, marine surveyors and valuers.
- Providing insurers with coverage advice and assisting insurers with the preparation of submissions to the Financial Ombudsman Service in relation to indemnity disputes.
- Managing and supervising a high-volume property damage litigation practice (both recoveries and defendant work) for Australian corporate insurers in Victoria.