Clyde & Co hires Brisbane insurance partner to continue Australian and Global expansion

  • Press Releases 01 September 2021 01 September 2021
  • Asia Pacific

Global law firm Clyde & Co has today announced the hire of Partner David Kerwin, who joins the firm’s national insurance group, based in Brisbane.

Clyde & Co hires Brisbane insurance partner to continue Australian and Global expansion

David brings immense expertise in handling complex (and often novel) matters involving property risks, financial lines, D&O liability, professional indemnity, policy coverage and defence health/life insurance lines. He is an experienced litigator and widely recognised for his technical skills, commerciality and practical approach.

David will add depth to Clyde & Co’s market leading property and business interruption offering and he will be key in executing the firm’s commitment to the SME market.

David also offers deep insight into and practical experience of the London markets – gained in part from working in the UK for five years at Clyde & Co and from continuing to service London Market clients and Lloyd’s syndicates. He also acts for international and domestic composite insurers.

He joins from Barry.Nilsson and is the incumbent President of the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Professional Indemnity Group (APIG) and has served on the committee on various roles for many years. David brings with him an experienced team, including Special Counsels Stefanie Luhrs and Ewa Cholinska, Senior Associate Simone Shepherd and Associates Patrick Johnson and Mitchell Page.

David joins a strong and vibrant Brisbane partnership comprising Jacinta Long, Maxine Tills and Matthew Pokarier – each experienced and highly regarded operators in the insurance market.

Commenting on the hire, Lucinda Lyons, Partner and Head of Insurance in Australia, says: “David is a strong addition to our team in Brisbane and is well-known to us having spent his formative years here. David’s property expertise adds further strength to the support we can offer clients as they continue to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for its longer-term implications.”

David comments: “Having been part of the Clyde & Co team earlier in my career, I am well aware of the firm’s leadership position in Brisbane and the broader Australian insurance market, and the benefits of a truly global platform. Returning to the firm will take my practice to the next level.”   

David becomes the sixth Partner arrival in Australia this year, following Patrick Boardman (insurance), Jacques Jacobs (insurance), Damian Watkin (projects & construction), Alec Christie (cyber) and Tim Searle (insurance), who also re-joined the firm.

Clyde & Co is the world's pre-eminent insurance law firm, offering an unmatched depth of coverage and defence capabilities across every line of insurance and reinsurance business, from the smallest claim to the most complex loss. It provides a complete range of corporate, commercial, regulatory and advisory services including advising on policy wording issues, product development, funding options and recoveries.


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