As we at the LMI Group continues to deliver solutions to our clients, it has become increasingly apparent that we need to have our own legal practice to support the work we already do in areas such as contract reviews, policy drafting & interpretation and claims preparation. We also felt we ought to extend this specialist legal service to insurance brokers, general insurers, and others in the insurance and wider communities.

Accordingly, it is with great pleasure that we introduce LMI Legal.

The antecedents of formation of this independent legal practice commenced more than three years ago when Peter O'Brien, a highly qualified and experienced insurance lawyer joined LMI Group as our in house legal expert and Corporate Counsel. The quality of Peter's work and the successes he has achieved during this period attracted more and more work to the point where we needed more staff. But in line with LMI values, we would not settle for anyone, the importance of getting the right expert demanded we only engage the best.

We did this when Lauren Wakeling agreed to join Peter and Prof Allan Manning as one of the foundation Directors of LMI Legal.

LMI Legal, which opens its doors today, is a specialist insurance law firm offering legal services Australia-wide. We focus solely on Insurance Law because that is what we know and know well.

Our lawyers offer expert advice and litigation services to all involved in the insurance industry, including insurance brokers, insurance companies, government authorities, commercial entities and individuals.

LMI Legal is committed to delivering the best results for its clients. We explain complex, technical legal issues clearly and concisely. Insurance claims by their very nature can develop into a dispute. At LMI Legal, we tailor our approach to resolving such disputes according to our clients’ needs – whether that be pursing litigation or negotiating a timely, commercial settlement.

We will also assist our clients to minimise their exposure to risk created by contract and offer a range of contract review services.

For many individuals and SME clients, we understand that the cost of obtaining legal services can be a barrier to them. This situation can be abused by the other side. Accordingly, I am pleased to advise that my fellow Directors agree that LMI Legal will offer flexible billing arrangements, such as “no win, no fee” or fixed fee agreements in appropriate circumstances.

In broad terms, the area that the practice will be concentrating on include:

  • Insurance law;
  • Property/Industrial Special Risks (ISR);
  • Business Interruption/Consequential Loss claims;
  • Advanced Loss of Profits/Delay in Completion/Delay in Start Up;
  • Building and Construction;
  • Public liability;
  • Product liability;
  • Personal injury;
  • Tort law (such as, negligence);
  • Professional Indemnity;
  • Directors and Officers liability;
  • Fidelity and Crime;
  • Consumer and Competition law;
  • Commercial litigation;
  • Contract review;
  • Policy interpretation; and
  • Policy Drafting.

Having the resources of LMI Group in areas such as forensic accounting, engineering, risk management and underwriting, places LMI Legal in a league of its own.

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