Skip to main content
article thumbnail

Rory Smith

Special Counsel


+61 2 9234 4564

Rory is an experienced insurance law practitioner with expertise in managing public liability and property damage matters (defence and recoveries) and providing coverage advice. He is also experienced in conducting complex multi-party litigation involving catastrophic injuries or substantial property losses.

Rory has undertaken two periods of secondment with a major general insurer, during which he gained experience across two lines of business. As a result, he has a sound, ‘hands on’ understanding of the key commercial issues which impact an insurer’s business, including the factors affecting claims handling.

Experience & Expertise

Rory’s experience includes:

  • Defence and resolution of personal injury claims including construction injuries, claims against occupiers and manufacturers
  • Defence and resolution of property damage claims
  • Litigated subrogated property recoveries
  • Advising clients on policy coverage, policy construction and interpretation and indemnity issues
  • Advising clients on matters involving allegations of fraud
  • Advising and assisting with claims referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service and subsequently, the Australian Financial Complaints Authority

Rory has an innate curiosity that thrives in the insurance space given the diverse range of insured clients and factual issues that arise in insurance claims.

He ensures that he conducts his practice in a personable and approachable way.

Rory obtained his Specialist Accreditation in Personal Injury – Public Liability in November 2022.



  • Bachelor of Laws, 2010, University of Technology, Sydney


  • Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury - Public Liability


  • Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Law Society of New South Wales