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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.


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.


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

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New Zealand > Insurance

(Leading individuals)

Michael RobertsonRobertsons

Niche insurance law specialists with some of the best talent in the sector‘, says a client of Robertsons in Auckland. The senior team, which has more than 90 years’ combined experience in insurance law and claims handling, has in-depth experience in all areas of insurance. It counts QBE Insurance, Ando Insurance, Allianz New Zealand, Delta Insurance and Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance among its clients. Michael Robertson (who is ‘is hugely experienced, knows how insurers work and has good instincts‘) and Helen Twomey (who is ‘a very smart lawyer and gets to the key points succinctly‘) lead the practice. Robertson specialises in professional indemnity, general liability and directors and officers insurance. Twomey’s core focus is liability insurance, which includes claims involving the legal and accounting professions and the financial services sector.