Jason Symons

Jason is driven by both the challenge of litigated matters and policy interpretation issues that come with being an insurance lawyer. 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, determined to represent and advise 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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