Michael Down


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Michael Down is a partner in our Sydney office working in the area of ­­­­­­­insurance. Michael has particular expertise in general liability, professional indemnity, and insurance.

Michael acts for insurers and their insureds, particularly  in the local government sphere, as well as for other industry participants such as underwriters. He has had a number of cases before the High Court of Australia. Those matters established precedents that have contributed to a reduction in claim numbers.Michael has also acted in many matters concerning the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW), setting the benchmark  for the application of that legislation. He has assisted in the review of various councils’ processes and procedures, with a particular emphasis on risk management.

Michael has been recognised as a leading insurance lawyer by Chambers Global from 2010 to date and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific from 2013 to date. Michael has been selected by his peers to be included in the 2019 Best Lawyers list for Insurance Law and has appeared on this list since 2012. Furthermore, he is listed as a Leading Public & Product Liability Lawyer (Defendant) in New South Wales in Doyle’s Guide 2017.

Michael regularly delivers presentations to legal audiences, local government  bodies and generally, particularly in relation to developing case law,  legislation and policies and procedures relevant to risk management.

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