Insurance Law and Claims
We are one of few insurance law firms that does not act for insurers. Our principal Ross Lee is a former loss adjuster and remains an ANZIIF certified insurance professional.
Legal teams are increasingly under pressure to deliver more for less. To address these challenges, Lee Lawyers works in close partnership with our clients to bring legal services innovation: legal technology, on-site meetings and mediations.
Claim Management / Loss Adjusting / Litigation
Modern insurance policy documents are long, complex and difficult to understand. Disputes about level of cover are common, but there is no need to settle for less than what you signed up for.
We are experienced in ‘first party’ insurance matters including: life insurance, TPD, income replacement, property damage, business interruption (consequential losses), machinery breakdown and marine insurance (hull and cargo). Our firm has represented many clients with major claims involving fire, storm & tempest, flood and theft.
Lee Lawyers is also experienced in managing the defence of liability or ‘third party’ claims in: public liability, product liability, professional indemnity, director and officer (management) liability.
Body Corporate / Strata Title
Many body corporate committee members and lot owners require expert assistance to know their rights and duties to insure – and to ensure those statutory obligations are properly met.
Queensland bodies corporate are required by legislation to insure all owned property for full replacement value and insure fully against public risk. We are able to provide clients a full insurance law gap analysis report.
Our staff is happy to manage, create savings and add value for strata insurance cover purchases, either with or without a broker. As we are insurance lawyers, not brokers, we are fully independent of commissions paid by insurers.
We are also able to expertly manage claims, including resolving disputes on negotiated (or litigated) terms. Our principal is a senior lawyer and nationally-accredited mediator.
Workers’ Compensation Defence
Lee Lawyers is often approached by employers regarding possible fraudulent / overstated claims. We give our clients the inside running as our principal is a former loss adjuster about not only the claim but also, proactive risk management legal advice to prevent future problems.
As the rules and regulations are always changing in the workplace, employers find our legal services very helpful. Penalties and damages claims against businesses not insured for workers compensation can be severe and lead to insolvency.
We have extensive experience with WorkCover Queensland, appeals to the Workers’ Compensation Regulator (formerly Q-Comp), the Medical Assessment Tribunal and the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC).
Legal Risk Management
Setting up a new business or taking it to the next level requires careful thought and consideration. Consulting us sooner rather than later may be a wise investment. In our role as litigators unfortunately we see all too often where business owners have relied on advice provided by those unqualified to provide it.
We can independently or in conjunction with other registered professionals, advise clients about managing legal risk. For instance, we are consulted by larger self-insured and insured businesses for technical assistance in compiling insurance programs, claims management or insurance policy gap analysis.
In addition, Lee Lawyers advises clients in dealing with head contractors or sub-contractors. Many legal risks can be managed effectively, such as in contractual obligations to insure or indemnify other parties.