Michael Gapes

Michael Gapes

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Michael is a Partner in Carter Newell’s Financial Lines group, where he specialises in defending professional indemnity claims across a broad range of industries including the property sector (real estate agents, valuers, surveyors and other property industry participants), the healthcare sector (including doctors, nurses, hospitals, dentists, allied health care professionals and primary health organisations), brokers, accountants and financial advisers. He has also defended many insureds before disciplinary tribunals and investigations, as well as conducting the defence of numerous regulatory proceedings.

Michael also has extensive experience in dealing with directors’ and officers’ liability claims and has been involved in some of the largest and most high-profile D&O and class action claims in Australia, both as defence and coverage counsel.

In addition, Michael has had considerable experience in defending management liability claims (on behalf of corporate insureds and not-for-profit organisations), as well as employment practices liability claims. More recently, Michael has conducted many cyber claims, as well as dealing with claims under environmental liability policies.

As well as conducting litigation in courts of all jurisdictions across Australia and regularly appearing in tribunals, Michael is a strong advocate of alternative dispute resolution and regularly represents his insurer and insured clients at mediations and arbitrations. 

Before joining Carter Newell at the beginning of 2003, Michael practiced in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. He has worked both in private practice overseas, as well as in several senior in-house roles, including at a Swiss investment bank and a large North American insurer in London.   

Michael regularly provides training and risk management advice to his insurer clients and various industry organisations, as well as providing advice on policy drafting and interpretation, as well as best practice advice and compliance with legislation. Michael actively contributes to the profession by virtue of his role as the current Chair of the Queensland Law Society's Professional Conduct Committeean active member of the Australian Professional Indemnity Group (APIG) and the Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA).

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  • Leading Queensland Professional Indemnity Lawyer in Doyle's Guide 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016
  • Leading Queensland Medical Negligence Lawyer (Defendant) in Doyle's Guide 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015
  • Best Lawyers in Australia 2024, 2023, 2022, 2021 and 2020 (eds) - Professional Malpractice Litigation; Real Property Law


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