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Gavin Northmore

Special Counsel, Perth Direct: +61 8 9476 3806

Gavin has over 22 years’ insurance claims experience – the last 12 years as a litigator well known for his technical insight, attention to detail, and incisiveness. His unique skill set delivers exceptional advantages in technical defence or recovery claims, factual investigation and analysis, and “first response” work in the field, and is partly founded on his former senior roles in loss adjusting and emergency management.

In major incidents across Australia, he performs and/or oversees incident first response, gathering and preserving evidence under the mantle of legal privilege, and controlling the dissemination of information. He is available 24/7 to consider and manage the initial approach to incidents or claims, and, where indicated, travels at short notice to incident sites throughout Australia. He is sought after as lead lawyer in losses affecting multiple insurers.

Gavin has successfully appeared as counsel in the appellate, intermediate, and lower courts, and is known for obtaining good costs outcomes for his clients after trial. Opponents therefore carefully consider his well-reasoned settlement offers. He also appears as counsel for the accused in workplace health and safety prosecutions, and advises and represents clients in the preceding investigatory stage.

Clients have praised Gavin as being ‘always well across the issues’, achieving ‘better file outcomes’ and offering ‘pragmatic solutions’.

Gavin’s insurance practice includes:

  • Bushfire / Structure Fire – defence or recovery – first response / investigations
  • Workplace Health and Safety – first response / investigations / prosecutions / appeals to Supreme Court & Court of Appeal
  • Cybercrime recoveries
  • Contract Works
  • Industrial Special Risks (ISR)
  • Contractor’s Plant & Equipment
  • Heavy Motor
  • Coverage
  • Subrogation

Articles and Presentations

Presentation to insurers on testing the boundaries of product cover – July 2020

Bushfire illuminates delegability of duty and apportionability of nuisance claims: Herridge v Electricity Networks Corp t/as Western Power [No 4] (2019) 16(2) CL 24