Jason Symons

Jason equally enjoys both the thrill of courtroom drama and litigation strategy, and the challenge of a difficult insurance interpretation issue. He is also keenly aware of how his legal skills can help people doing it a bit tough. This is why he is an insurance lawyer, and pro bono advocate, driven to representing and advising his clients well.

More specifically, Jason is a Sydney Insurance partner specialising in financial lines (professional Indemnity, D&O and financial institutions) and cyber insurance, as well as class actions, Royal Commissions, and regulatory investigations, and is the Sydney office’s pro bono co-ordinator. Jason also regularly works with other HWLE teams providing specialist insurance advice.

Jason is passionate about the greater insurance industry. He therefore has been a member of the National Committee of the Australian Professional Indemnity Group (APIG) for some time and serves on the Education and National Conference sub-committees.

Jason has also loved New York since backpacking through the city with his wife a while back. He later qualified as a New York Attorney after successfully completing the New York Bar Exam in 2008 and has since been a member of the Australian Chapter of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Experience

Jason’s experience includes advising:

  • A large healthcare provider in relation to the Aged Care Royal Commission and Disability Royal Commission;
  • London underwriters and Australian insurer in relation to claims made by Australian superannuation funds following the Banking Royal Commission and subsequent regulatory investigations;
  • The excess layer professional indemnity underwriter of Australian stockbroking firm in relation to a $60 million shareholder class action brought against directors and advisers of a collapsed pharmaceutical company;
  • A former executive of a publicly listed mining company and their D&O insurer in relation to multiple proceedings commenced by liquidators and financiers in the Supreme Court of NSW;
  • An SMSF auditor and their professional indemnity insurer in relation to proceedings commenced by the trustee in the Supreme Court of NSW following a $6 million loss of investments, and the subsequent investigation by a professional body;
  • A building certifier and their professional indemnity insurer in relation to proceedings commenced by the owners corporation of a 12 unit residential development in the Supreme Court of NSW following the discovery of $5 million in defects;
  • A business advisory firm and its cyber insurer in relation to the investigation of a business email compromise of finance team member and subsequent notification to clients and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner;
  • A youth organisation and their cyber insurer in relation to a ransomware attack and the potential compromise of personal information of clients;
  • A State Government department in relation to a suite of insurance policies required by the project deed of a large infrastructure project across a wide range of insurance policy types;
  • An international travel insurer in relation to travel claims made in relation to COVID-19 travel restrictions and the treatment of those claims with respect to reinsurance.
  • 100s of clients through a pro bono legal clinic located in Sydney CBD, including managing the HWLE volunteer team over the last 5 years; and
  • An individual sued in the Supreme Court of NSW in relation to vacation and sale of the family home and subsequent distribution of the sale proceeds pursuant to a trust deed between family members.

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