Bell Gully's Insurance team acts for a wide range of insurers, insureds, brokers and reinsurers.
What sets us apart from other firms is the depth and breadth of our insurance practice, spanning cutting-edge litigation, claims work, products and policy wording advice, regulatory work and transactions involving the insurance sector.
Our team has represented clients in some of the most significant New Zealand insurance litigation cases over the past few years, including the Supreme Court Steigrad case and the Supreme Court fire service levy case.
We act for both insurers and insureds in a wide variety of claims work, including general and fire insurance, liability insurance (including professional indemnity and D&O), life and medical insurance, and reinsurance.
Products and policy wording
We regularly advise insurers and insureds on insurance product issues, policy wording, white label insurance products, and the development of new product disclosure documents.
Our team has significant regulatory expertise, including in relation to the Insurance Prudential Supervision Act and Reserve Bank insurance requirements.
We have extensive experience in complex commercial transactions involving the insurance sector. We advise clients on mergers and acquisitions involving insurers and reinsurers, restructuring their insurance businesses, the transfer of insurance portfolios, as well as advising overseas insurers seeking to establish insurance operations in New Zealand.
Our significant experience in this extensive range of practice areas means that we provide our clients with responsive, commercial, and solutions-focused advice.
Recognition of our insurance expertise
Draws on the firm's full-service resources to support high-calibre insurers and insureds in their most significant transactions. Also noted for the representation of leading clientele in high-profile contentious work.
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 - Tier 1
"A class act, the advice is always tailored to clients' needs."
"Superb firm" Bell Gully is "among the best – infused with quality and a trusted adviser."
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 - Tier 1
Bell Gully "gives practical advice, but also pushes the black-letter law in interesting areas when required."
Chambers Asia Pacific 2018
"They are definitely one of the stronger firms in the market. Really impressive, they operate on a large scale and have the team and structure to service a large matter."
"They provided excellent technical advice and gave a sound basis for legislative reform."
Chambers Asia Pacific 2017