Alex is an insurance, construction and insolvency dispute resolution specialist. Since 1998, he has acted on behalf of a wide range of organisations in Australia, London and New Zealand. Alex’s practice focuses on defending and providing insurance coverage advice on matters involving professional negligence, insured construction disputes, directors and officers liability, cyber liability, defamation, crime and fidelity and public and product liability. Alex frequently acts as defence or coverage counsel on class actions and other large litigation.
Allied to this, Alex has a construction and insolvency practice, in which he primarily acts, for owners, developers and major contractors in relation to building and construction disputes, ranging from claims for defects to apartment buildings to complex contractual claims involving multiple parties, as well as for insolvency practitioners in advising on claims against, and recovery claims on behalf of, insolvent companies.
Experienced in managing the commercial and business priorities of underwriters, re-insurers and insurers through his previous role at AON in London, he now applies the same rigorous pragmatic and commercial approach to all of his insurer and non-insurer clients alike to meet their business objectives. Alex is also known for his extensive legal knowledge and, when the circumstances require it, his forceful approach to litigation.
With wide-ranging experience in insurance and reinsurance policy advice and disputes, Alex has advised insurers on issues arising out of various sections of the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth), including sections 13, 21, 28(3), 33, 37, 40(3), 45, 51, 54 and 56.
Alex regularly delivers informative and practical seminars and papers to clients on topics as diverse as privacy law amendments, defamation, debenture trustees, exclusion clauses, advocates’ immunity, insolvency, cyber risk, personal costs orders, risk management and contractual indemnities.
Alex publishes in the Law Society of New South Wales Journal and other industry publications, presents in video and podcasts formats, and contributes articles to, and is the Chief Editor of Gilchrist Connell’s industry newsletter ‘Limelight’.
Articles and Presentations
Lawyers want virtual hearings to stay in a post-COVID world Lawyerly, June 11, 2020
Common fund orders made in increasing class action market Lawyerly May 15, 2020
Alex Haslam, Elissa Baxter, General Counsel Lawcover Podcast – The cost of Defamation 2019
Presentation to insurers on misleading and deceptive conduct – the growing trend 2018
Alex Haslam, Elissa Baxter, Limitation periods in equity – taking an analogous approach (2018) Issue 48 (September) LSJ 78
Presentation to insurers – Fundamentals of D&O insurance, 2018
Seminar series to insurers on Insurance Contracts Act 1984, Professional Standards and developments in PI and D&O and recent case law, 2017
Clarity on offers of compromise – Case note; Whitney v Dream Developments Pty Ltd (2013) 51(7) LSJ 44
Presentation on Cyber Risk
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