Gavin has 20 years’ insurance experience, the last decade 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. It speaks volumes that Gavin was recently approached by another specialist insurance law firm (representing a third party insurer’s $10 million subrogated recovery interest), to act as lead in a major bushfire recovery matter, with total quantum exceeding $20 million.
Gavin acts for plaintiffs (in the subrogated recovery context), and for defendants in public, product, construction, and professional liability matters. Gavin is a LEADR accredited mediator, and engages early with opposing parties where possible. He has also successfully appeared as counsel 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.
Gavin also appears as counsel for the accused in workplace health and safety prosecutions, and advises and represents clients in the preceding investigatory stage.
In recent formal client feedback, Gavin was praised as being ‘always well across the issues’, achieving ‘better file outcomes’ and offering ‘pragmatic solutions’.
Articles and Presentations
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