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Anthony Henley

Partner

Brisbane

+61 7 3225 5968

Anthony has been a partner for over 20 years and heads up the firm’s professional indemnity and management liability practice in Brisbane.

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

Anthony was admitted as a lawyer in 1992 and briefly practiced in commercial litigation before a working holiday in England led him into the professional indemnity field in which he was promoted to partner in Australia in 2000. Today, his practice still mainly comprises professional indemnity work (defence and coverage) along with advising on the risks covered by management liability policies including defamation, fidelity, Directors and Officers, health and safety prosecutions and disciplinary proceedings.

He has assisted most categories of professionals including insurance brokers, accountants, financial planners, finance brokers, engineers and architects, surveyors, building certifiers, valuers and real estate agents. He has acted for more than 130 law firms in litigated claims and has defended claims against doctors for many years.

Anthony has many long standing relationships with insurance clients in Australia and England, some dating back 20 years, and has been fortunate enough to maintain a very stable group of senior lawyers who have been invaluable to the development of the firm’s professional indemnity practice in Brisbane. He has prompted two of his long standing lawyers to partner in the firm.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Anthony has acted in a diverse range of matters, including the successful defences of a discrimination claim brought by a lesbian woman refused artificial insemination by a fertility clinic (JM v QFG & GK [2000] 1 Qd R 373), a claim against an insurance broker arising from the theft of African artefacts (Anderson v Aon Risk Services Australia Limited & Anor [2004] QSC 49) and a wills and estates claim against a law firm (Holdway v Arcuri Lawyers (A Firm) [2009] 2 Qd R 18).

Recent Supreme Court matters Anthony has successfully defended to hearing include claims against an engineer involved in the construction of a sports centre at a school (Christian Community Ministries Ltd v Intelara Pty Ltd [2017] 2 Qd R 66), an engineer who escaped liability in reliance on a time based contractual limitation clause (Surfstone Pty Ltd v Morgan Consulting Engineers Pty Ltd [2017] 2 Qd R 66) and an architect involved in the design of a fast food restaurant at which a death occurred (Bryant v Competitive Foods Australia Pty Ltd & Ors [2018] QDC 258).

RECOGNITION

Recognised by various independent global legal guides, including:

  • Ranked as a Preeminent Lawyer – Professional Indemnity (Defendant) in Queensland by Doyle's Guide 2020
  • Ranked in the peer-reviewed Best Lawyers® in Australia list each year from 2014 to date.

The Australian Legal Business Guide to Insurance Law commented that: that ‘clients thought highly of Anthony Henley’ in the professional indemnity field. He is a Committee Member of the National Insurance Lawyers Group of the Law Council of Australia, the peak body for lawyers in Australia.

Expertise

Qualifications 

  • Bachelor of Laws, 1989, University of Queensland

Memberships

  • Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Australian Professional Indemnity Group
  • Committee Member of the National Insurance Lawyers Group of the Law Council of Australia