Construction & Engineering Insurance

Carter Newell Lawyers is an award winning specialist law firm providing legal advice to Australian and international corporate clients.

Led by partners Patrick MeadDavid Rodighiero, Luke Preston, and Michael Bath in Sydney and Ben Hall in Melbourne, the Construction & Engineering Insurance team provides high-level strategic advice for insureds and self insured companies and public and significant private companies in the mining, engineering, construction and property industries, including developers, main contractors, principals and sub contractors. 

Our team specialises in two streams – Construction All Risk (‘CAR’) insurance (including defective structure and product claims arising in construction projects) and Professional Indemnity for construction professionals, specifically engineers, architects and surveyors. 

Our range of services include: 

  • Defective building claims and workmanship
  • Product claims
  • Interpretation of policy exclusions, i.e. defective workmanship and design
  • Construction professional liability
  • Policy coverage and drafting policy terms and conditions
  • Advice on project coverage and ‘gaps’ in cover
  • Defence of litigated claims
  • Recovery actions
  • Defence of subrogated proceedings
  • Alliance contracts.

Members of the Construction & Engineering Insurance team have a thorough understanding of the modern construction industry, having acted directly for the firm’s national and international clients over many years.

A Legal Guide to Contract Works and Construction Liability Insurance in Australia has been prepared for insurers, their advisors and other professionals involved in the construction and engineering industry. The aim of this guide is to examine the issues arising from the interpretation of contract works and construction liability insurance policies by courts in Australia and the United Kingdom. Each Chapter explores different aspects of these policies through the use of case analysis and the judicial interpretation of policy wordings. Through the detailed analysis contained within the book, it is hoped it will afford the reader a greater understanding of the process of, and approach to, policy wordings by the courts.

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