Frank Lawson

Partner. Sydney.

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The management and allocation of risk by insurance is a complex discipline. Frank Lawson acts for both insureds and insurers in addressing and simplifying the complexities associated with risk management by insurance.

Specialising in insurance and major litigation for more than three decades has given Frank not only a deep understanding of the legal issues and the factual realities underlying those issues, but also clear insight into the insurance industry and its issues.

Frank’s depth of experience, expertise and perspective has allowed Frank to act in such landmark matters as the representation of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority in the $5.3 billion collapse of the HIH Insurance Group and to provide insurance and risk allocation advice with respect to a large number of PPP and infrastructure projects around Australia over the past 15 years.

The management and allocation of risk by insurance is a complex discipline. Frank Lawson acts for both insureds and insurers in addressing and simplifying the complexities associated with risk management by insurance.

Specialising in insurance and major litigation for more than three decades has given Frank not only a deep understanding of the legal issues and the factual realities underlying those issues, but also clear insight into the insurance industry and its issues.

Frank’s depth of experience, expertise and perspective has allowed Frank to act in such landmark matters as the representation of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority in the $5.3 billion collapse of the HIH Insurance Group and to provide insurance and risk allocation advice with respect to a large number of PPP and infrastructure projects around Australia over the past 15 years.

“Hailed by clients as the doyen of insurance law, and is appreciated for his clear and forthright opinions” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
Frank Lawson

Frank's Expertise

  • Collapse of HIH Acted for the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority in connection with the collapse of the HIH Insurance Group and the subsequent Royal Commission into the $5.3 billion collapse of the HIH Group of Companies.
  • $300 million class action Acted for the Commonwealth of Australia in the class action brought against it, arising out of the liquidation of Pan Pharmaceuticals Limited in 2003.
  • Multi-billion dollar infrastructure PPPs Advised, with respect to insurance and risk issues, the consortia comprising Macquarie Bank Limited and Thiess Pty Ltd in relation to the $2 billion North South Bypass Tunnel project in Queensland and the $4 billion Brisbane Airport Link project.

Frank's Leadership

  • Law Society of New South Wales Member
  • Australian Insurance Law Association Member

What others say

  • “Best Lawyer - Health & Aged Care” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2015-2016
  • “Best Lawyer - Alternative Dispute Resolution” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2014-2016
  • “Best Lawyer - Insurance” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2013-2016
  • “Frank Lawson is hailed by clients as the doyen of insurance law, and is appreciated for his clear and forthright opinions” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2015
  • “Leading Lawyer - Insurance: Policyholder” Chambers Asia Pacific, 2011-2015
  • “Knowledgeable, concise and practical in the solutions and advice he delivers” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2014
  • “Our go-to man for insurance: the level of service is phenomenal. The real attraction is he doesn't have conflicts - he only acts for insureds, so you know you are getting unbiased advice, he is on our side.” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2013
  • “Experienced and tenacious” Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2012/13