Barry.Nilsson. > Brisbane, Australia > Firm Profile


Australia > Insurance Tier 4

Insurance boutique firm Barry.Nilsson. benefits from a robust national network and considerable bench strength, advising national and international insurers, brokers, and policyholders on a diverse spectrum of matters. Led by Brisbane-based Rhett Kennedy, who brings over 30 years’ experience in the practice area, the team regularly advises on class actions, financial lines, workers’ compensation, property claims, liability (including public, product, and cyber), professional indemnity, and catastrophic injury. Key support is provided by financial lines specialist Hubert Wajszel in Melbourne. Consultant John Fogg joined the Brisbane office in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Rhett Kennedy

Other key lawyers:

Hubert Wajszel; Toby Barrie


‘The BN team have greater expertise than any other panel firm at being able to find the appropriate balance of managing all stakeholders involved in a claim, irrespective if the stakeholder is the insured, claimant, broker or underwriter.’

‘Work with clients and understand your business. Work with all parties to get the best result.’

‘A progressive law firm, noted for their collaboration with the client.’

‘The firm offers bespoke services, there are excellent legal practitioners, provide technical advice and practical strategies and solutions. Their approach is ahead of other firms. They have a depth of experience and capability to manage a variety of claims.’

‘Toby Barrie is the best business partner. His understanding of the law and commercial awareness makes it easy to get a solution.’

Key clients

AAI Limited (Suncorp Group and related brands)

AIG Limited


QBE Insurance Australia Limited


Insurance Australia Limited (IAG)

Liberty Specialty Markets

QBE European Operations

Work highlights

  • Defending a client in a high-profile, large-scale litigation, held in the Supreme Court of South Australia. The applicant claims he suffered a psychological injury as a result of his indefinite detention by the Commonwealth of Australia. Additionally defending the operator of a number of relevant detention centres at the same time.
  • Successfully acted for QBE, one of the insurers of the builder of the Opal Tower, in one of the most high profile structural defect claims in Australia.
  • Successfully defended a number of disputes filed with the Fair Work Commission (FWC) involving employees, who refused to provide proof of vaccination as required by the Victorian government vaccination mandates and so faced termination of employment.

Barry.Nilsson. is a national insurance practice that has specialised in insurance law for over 30 years. Operating across all six Australian states, our team of more than 180 specialist lawyers is led by the very best local experts that have a deep understanding of the insurance industry and an unwavering focus on effective and efficient claims resolution.

We are recognised as a leading Australian firm across all lines of business, with expertise covering all aspects of insurance, from policy drafting to education, and in particular claims management. Our national presence means that our team can respond to the evolving needs of insurers, brokers, self-insureds and re-insurers both in Australia and overseas.

We undertake work for clients in a range of jurisdictions and regularly act on instructions from London directly, and also via various underwriters’ Australian offices and TPAs.