Michael Milton

Michael is a senior insurance lawyer with over 14 years experience. His core practice areas are liability and professional indemnity claims, particularly in the fields of construction and engineering.

With vast experience acting for insurers and insureds, Michael has acted in both the Australian and United Kingdom courts as well as advising on policy coverage and defending major claims. He is particularly adept at resolving complex disputes and achieving timely commercial outcomes even where there are difficult claimants, regularly on good terms and in a timely manner. He is also active in ‘Insurtech’ and improving claims handling.

Experience

Michael’s experience includes:

  • Successfully resolving hundreds of liability claims for a major casualty insurer in a timely manner, including by way of strategic offers and dispute resolution, minimising defence costs;
  • Defending all level of 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;
  • Defending major contractors / joint venture parties in respect of injuries suffered on the Northwest Rapid Transit project and other Transport for NSW major infrastructure projects;
  • Defending Real Estate agent schemes in respect of multiple injury claims;
  • Defending large property damage claims arising from plastic degradable crop sheeting (involving multiple properties and plaintiffs) and alleged loss of a blueberry plantation;
  • Defending multiple claims arising out of the equestrian industry (including agistment / horse riding injuries) and major rodeo associations;
  • Defending a security contractor arising out of injury sustained in a rock concert ‘circle of death’;
  • Defending multiple sporting bodies in respect of injury claims, including Football NSW, Cricket NSW and the NRL;
  • Advising insurers on complex dual insurance and coverage issues / the Insurance Contracts Act;
  • Defending numerous broker professional indemnity scheme claims against one of the largest insurance broker networks in Australia; and
  • Defending all manner of construction related professional indemnity claims, including engineers (fire, hydraulic, structural, geo-technical), architects, surveyors, building certifiers.

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