We offer a highly responsive legal service for insurers, self-insurers, statutory authorities and corporations, one that is both results driven and highly cost efficient.
To secure cost effective outcomes, we provide a service called Early Resolution/Narrowing the Issues (ERNI) Program which includes a structure to achieve early resolution of claims and minimise total claims costs. We also use Claimlink, our web-based real-time claims management system to support this program. It gives our clients immediate access to reports and event scheduling, and provides us with a proactive tool for self-auditing – so there are no surprises.
We advise on the liability of aviation stakeholders including airport owners and operators. We act in aviation claims advising in property and injury claims involving aircraft owners and repairs and hangarkeeper's liability. We provide legal services in litigated and unlitigated claims, including claims under the Damage by Aircraft Act 1999 and Civil Aviation (Carriers Liability) Act 1959, claims by passengers, claims by third parties (non-passengers), public liability claims, such as slip and fall claims arising within airport terminals, claims in respect of loss of or damage to an insured's aircraft, claims in respect of loss or damage to aircraft (non-ownership), claims caused by aerial application, liability for airfield premises and liability for aircraft in care or custody.
Examples of aviation claims managed by Holman Webb are:
We maintain a specialist CTP insurance team with hands on partner involvement. The senior practitioners have worked together now for over 15 years, with a collective experience of over 40 years, and have developed the expertise to deal with complex claims and have the resources and systems to handle a large volume of matters.
Our team of experts, who have made their career in insurance, are in tune with the industry and have broad experience in the NSW, QLD and Vic Schemes. We have worked through the Scheme’s many changes. Our team comprises seasoned advocates which provides further accountability for results and cost savings as the need to brief counsel is obviated in many matters.
One of our Associates is highly trained in the assessment of Whole Person Impairment under the AMA Impairment Guides providing a wealth of knowledge in anatomy, potential injuries and resulting disabilities as well as the assessment of WPI. This experience has been essential in our success in MAS Assessments & Reviews which is a key in containing these claims.
With the large volume of matters inherent with CTP which range from the relatively simple, through to fraud and catastrophic, our team has developed processes to work quickly and cost efficiently. As soon as files come in they are categorised and allocated by a Partner to the appropriate team member. From this point on the progress of all claims are logged on Claimlink, Holman Webb’s online management reporting tool.
From our experience in Dust Diseases, we are knowledgeable in the history of asbestos including its mining, manufacture, supply. We are fully aware of the aetiology of the various asbestos-related diseases and their relationship to exposure to the different types of asbestos containing products.
The team understands that the time of exposure is of significant importance as the later the exposure, the greater was the knowledge of the dangers of asbestos which affects liability. We have experience in the “3 waves of claims”, as Defendant, Cross-Claimant and Cross-Defendant and conducted various matters dealing with multiple claims.
The very nature of asbestos-related diseases, in particular mesothelioma, which can lead to a rapid demise of the sufferer, means that claims are dealt with immediately upon receipt. We swiftly investigate matters such as testing the allegations of exposure in a bid to measure issues such as exposure to any particular manufacturer’s product in terms of its weighting and to ascertain if there are other parties who can be joined to the proceedings, whether these be other manufacturers, suppliers, employers, contractors or occupiers.
We provide advice to our general and specialist insurer clients, including advice on indemnity issues, fraudulent claims, liability issues, policy wording and other contractual documents and general insurance. The group also acts for insurers and their insured’s in all matters including liability claims, recovery claims, general insurance disputes and disputes between insurers.
Holman Webb acts for insurers and their insureds in relation to claims arising under these policies, in particular issues and representation surrounding Defence Costs Indemnity, Liability to Statutory Authorities and, in conjunction with our Workplace Relations Team for Employers in respect of claims for unfair dismissal and other wrongful employment practices.
Holman Webb has extensive experience acting in claims involving ISR policies including property damage, fire, theft and business interruption and in dealing with the complexities often associated with these claims.
We have acted for insurers and insureds in large and complex property damage claims.
We have an experienced team of lawyers who handle medical indemnity litigation and disciplinary matters on behalf of health practitioners including registered medical practitioners. Our team handles a broad range of claims including catastrophic claims, and specialises in:
Our disciplinary work for health practitioners covers all possible areas. We have extensive expertise in the full range of disciplinary proceedings including:
We work closely with the health practitioners involved in these matters and pride ourselves on our personalised, pro-active and communicative approach. All our medical indemnity and disciplinary matters are dealt with personally by senior lawyers with extensive experience.
We have developed specialist expertise in the provision of legal services for marine claims.
Some examples of our expertise include:
Claims against professionals can have consequences on their professional reputation and are taken very seriously. At Holman Webb we also respect that a professional’s time is very valuable and so ensure that demands on that time are kept to essential matters and then as efficiently as possible.
Holman Webb’s insurance legal services extend to a broad spectrum of professionals against whom allegations are made, including: accountants, estate agents, engineers, architects, surveyors, financial and insurance brokers, financial planners/advisors, lawyers, real estate agents and builders.
Holman Webb also provides legal services for the specialist insurance area of directors’ and officers’ liability.
We advise insurers on policy interpretation, whether the policy in question covers the claim before it or not and the applicability of exclusion clauses. We advise on issues of indemnity, dual insurance, liability, contractual indemnities and insurance obligations, contribution/recovery and quantum. Our experienced team of specialist lawyers manage these claims on behalf of insurers, self insured clients and brokers and have extensive experience in managing a broad range of public and products liability claims. We pride ourselves on working closely with our clients, are proactive and focus on achieving a prompt commercial and cost effective outcome.
We have experience across a wide range of jurisdictions in managing the following:
Our experience in recovery work for insurers ranges from conducting complex, multi-party litigation involving varied causes of action, to managing high volume, fast turnaround small debt recoveries arising from motor vehicle accidents and other small-scale damage to insured property.
We have successfully run cases involving product liability claims pursuant to manufacture and sale of goods legislation (Trade Practices Act, Fair Trading Act and Sale of Goods Act), negligence, breach of contract (including reliance on indemnity and exclusion clauses in residential and commercial leases), deliberate acts such as trespass, theft and conversion, malicious acts such as vandalism and arson, nuisance, breach of bailment terms and breach of statutory duty. We are conscious of the need to control costs in these matters to ensure a profitable net recovery for insurers and we periodically review all recovery files with regular status updates to clients including updated advice on the prospects of success, accounting for an analysis of the risks and benefits and legal costs involved as the individual matters proceed.
We assist our insurer clients to manage recovery actions where both insured and uninsured losses are claimed and we identify and advise insurers early, on potential indemnity and subrogation issues.
Holman Webb has refined our data recording systems such that we have facilities to provide statistical analysis on recovery costs and outcomes in order for us to provide insurance recovery clients with guidance to assist with budgeting and resource allocation.
With a focus on achieving the best net result for our insurance recovery clients, we will follow a recovery matter through from initial letter of demand to enforcement and we have successfully recovered funds after achieving judgments and initiating bankruptcy and corporate winding up proceedings and Sheriff seizure of debtor's assets.
Holman Webb’s ERNI team in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane understand the challenges that face the insurance industry in achieving timely and cost-effective outcomes.
The team is proactive and forward thinking and will deliver exceptional service, by utilising their accumulated experience and strategic advice, to achieve the best possible results for you together with a reduction in your total claims cost.
The team has a strong track record and their comprehensive understanding of the Insurance industry means ERNI can be easily customised to suit your requirements. The team’s objective is to put you in a position of strength, from the outset, which will assist in securing the following:
For organisations that provide insurance products designed specifically for the sporting industry, Holman Webb offers a team of sport insurance specialists that can manage all types of claims along the Eastern Seaboard.
Holman Webb also provides insurers with online access to claim progress reporting via a purpose built claims management and reporting system, Claimlink.
The members of our team have, combined, nearly five decades of experience in advising and representing employers, including all major workers compensation insurers in NSW, in all aspects of workers compensation.
We are conscious of the very high cost of workers compensation claims to employers as well as the overlapping issues with other employment related issues such as work health and safety, termination of employment and anti-discrimination laws.
The range of our services includes: