Michael Milton

For over 16 years, Michael has specialised in advising insurers in respect of liability, indemnity and historical abuse claims, particularly in the area of construction.

Michael has practiced in both NSW and London including advising on coverage (PI and PL), dual insurance and defending major litigated claims.

He is particularly adept at resolving complex multi-party disputes and achieving commercial outcomes in an accurate, timely and cost-effective manner.


Michael’s experience includes defending:

  • A major casualty insurer including successfully resolving hundreds of liability claims in a timely manner, including by way of strategic offers and dispute resolution, minimising defence costs;
  • A national insurer in respect of a policy dispute involving over 100 historical abuse claims and 14 perpetrators;
  • Contractors in respect of injuries on construction sites, including relating to scaffolding, formwork, issues of apportionment and claims on principal arranged or underlying insurance policies;
  • Major contractors / joint venture parties in respect of injuries suffered on the Northwest Rapid Transit project and other Transport for NSW major infrastructure projects;
  • Schools in respect of varied abuse claims;
  • Bicycle distributors / cycling clubs in respect of injuries arising out of bicycle accidents in NSW and the ACT;
  • Real estate agents and insurance broking schemes in respect of professional indemnity and injury claims, including in respect of catastrophic injury;
  • Property insurers in regards to damage claims arising from plastic degradable crop sheeting (involving multiple properties and plaintiffs) and alleged loss of a blueberry plantation;
  • Equestrian insureds in regards to multiple claims arising out of horse incidents and rodeo associations;
  • Security and cleaning contractors in respect of concerts and shopping centre claims;
  • Sporting bodies in respect of injury claims, including Football NSW, Cricket NSW and the NRL;
  • Insurers on complex dual insurance and coverage issues / the Insurance Contracts Act;
  • Insurers in regards to pursuing recovery claims arising out of defective goods, construction defects and dual insurance; and
  • Engineers in respect of all manner of construction related professional indemnity claims, including fire, hydraulic, structural, geo-technical, architects, surveyors, building certifiers.

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