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Nicholas Sullivan

Special Counsel

Melbourne

+61 3 8687 7372

Nick is an experienced insurance litigator specialising in property damage claims. He has acted for and advised a number of domestic home and contents, building, landlord and tenant, commercial and motor insurers.

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

Nick has extensive experience handling property damage recoveries, particularly those involving product liability and consumer law. He has managed numerous claims against various prominent international manufacturers and major retailers initiated under the provisions of the former Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) and Australian Consumer Law, and has developed strategies to most effectively and efficiently manage such claims. His clients include several leading Australian domestic home and contents, building, landlord and tenant, commercial and motor insurers.

He also has experience advising on and defending policy wording / indemnity disputes and defending property damage claims on behalf of liability insurers.

Nick’s expertise includes assisting both niche insurers and some of the largest Australian insurers to develop and improve systems to identify recovery opportunities, increase recovery revenue and improve turnaround times on claims. He regularly presents training seminars for claims teams, assessing and investigation teams, as well as management groups.

Nick understands the commercial objectives of his clients and is experienced in working collaboratively with each client in order to achieve their preferred outcomes. This includes meeting financial objectives, tailoring advice to suit the understanding of the individual and striving to support and promote the insurer’s customer focus.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Examples of Nick’s experience include:

  • Achieving a favourable outcome and significant cost penalty against a large manufacturer of whitegoods in a claim arising from a house fire
  • Successfully managing numerous claims and negotiating favourable outcomes against a manufacturer subject to national product recalls
  • Negotiating a favourable recovery for storm damage caused by defective workmanship, which the builder alleged was caused by a weather event
  • Advising on the management and settlement of insurance claims and policy wording disputes arising from natural disasters and catastrophes with the potential to attract unfavourable media attention
  • Successfully defending a policy wording / indemnity dispute arising from a claim for damage caused by soil movement, which was placed expeditiously before the insurance list of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Expertise

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), 2007, Victoria University
  • Bachelor of Business (Management), 2007, Victoria University

Memberships

  • Law Institute of Victoria