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LEVEL 2, GENERAL BUILDING, 33 SHORTLAND STREET, AUCKLAND 1010, NEW ZEALAND
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Michael Robertson

Tel:
Work +64 9 362 7051
Email:
Web:
www.robertsonslaw.co.nz
Robertsons

Position

Partner

Career

Michael was admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 1988 and has spent the last 30 years practising in insurance law, acting for a wide range of domestic and international insurers.  He is regarded in the industry as a leader in his field, working in all aspects of liability and general commerical insurance.  Together with Helen Twomey, Michael established Robertsons in 2011, and prides himself on leading a team of experienced and dedicated lawyers specialising in insurance law and claims handling.  Michael specialises in professional indemnity (including Directors & Officers liability claims) and liability insurance, drafting policies, risk management and claims resolution across a range of professions and industries.  His expansive knowledge of insurance law, coupled with an understanding of the specific risks faced by various industries, enables Michael to swiftly and accurately assess the best approach to matters which benefits insurers and their clients alike.

Member

Michael is a member of NZILA, NZLS and an associate of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand.  He frequently presents to professional groups, insurers and brokers.  Michael is regularly involved in judging moots at the University of Auckland Law School and is a guest lecturer in professional indemnity insurance.

Education

Michael holds a Masters Degree in Commercial Law with first class honours majoring in insurance.


New Zealand

Insurance

Within: Leading individuals

Michael Robertson - Robertsons

Within: Insurance

Robertsons in Auckland provides 'very strong advice, with a commercial focus; the lawyers are experts in their field', according to one client, while another describes it as 'one of the best specialist insurance firms in New Zealand'. 'They know the industry well and are well organised and prompt', sources say of key lawyers Michael Robertson (who 'has strong legal skills and is good with clients'), 'clever, personable and savvy' PI specialist Helen Twomey, 'highly intelligent, very thorough and extremely well-organised' barrister and solicitor Rachael Woods and solicitor Jennifer Thompson, who is 'excellent on strategy'. 'The firm is focused on clients’ needs and is very thorough, which results in no surprises'. The firm has a lean team that punches well above its weight and its stellar caseload of clients, including QBE, Ando Insurance, Allianz, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance and Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance, sees it climb the rankings. Robertson and Twomey successfully resisted an application for summary judgment in a case against financial adviser Crowe Horwath, having demonstrated that the claim was without merit prior to the hearing.

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