‘Insurance fanatic’ Kennedy awarded industry body’s highest honour
Barry.Nilsson. National Insurance & Health Law Lead Partner, Rhett Kennedy awarded Life Membership by Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA)
Award reflects Mr Kennedy’s commitment to insurance law profession, including 15-year membership of AILA’s Qld committee and past Qld President and AILA National Board representative
Reflecting its commitment to the industry, national insurance law firm Barry.Nilsson. today welcomed the Australian Insurance Law Association’s (AILA’s) decision to award Life Membership to leading insurance Partner, Rhett Kennedy at a ceremony held during the AILA’s national conference in Adelaide.
A self-described ‘insurance fanatic,’ Mr Kennedy is the National Insurance & Health Law Lead Partner at Barry.Nilsson. and has been a strong advocate for the insurance and legal profession during his more than 30-year career with the firm.
He served as a Queensland AILA Committee Member for 15 years through to 2008 and was the Queensland President and AILA National Board representative from 2000-01, during which time he served on the organising committee for three national conferences as well as being heavily involved with the Queensland “State Intensives” programs for insurance lawyers.
Mr Kennedy has practiced in liability, property and professional indemnity, currently specialising primarily in professional indemnity, acting for both Australian and overseas insurers. In 2015, he was listed in the independent Doyle’s Guide as one of Queensland’s pre-eminent professional indemnity lawyers.
Congratulating Mr Kennedy’s nomination, Barry.Nilsson. Managing Partner Don Leembruggen said it reflected the firm’s focus on providing a high level of technical and client service excellence.
“Rhett joined Barry.Nilsson. in October 1985 and became a Partner in 1990, having helped build our insurance practice from the ground up into an award-winning national offering serving blue-chip clients.
“This nomination from the AILA is fully deserved given Rhett’s enormous contribution to the association and the industry, and I congratulate Rhett for continuing to serve with distinction.”
“A keen sportsman with a love for cricket and rugby union, Mr Kennedy has a strong sense of teamwork and fair play which he brings to every matter, for the benefit of his numerous longstanding clients,” Mr Leembruggen added.
Barry.Nilsson. continues to grow its National Insurance and Health Law team, which currently encompasses 20 partners and over 90 professional staff across offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart.
In 2016, Barry.Nilsson. was named the Professional Services Firm of the Year at the ANZIIF 2016 Australian Insurance Industry Awards, continuing its success at the awards. The judging panel noted the firm’s client satisfaction data, its “clear commitment to providing quality legal advice to the industry,” support for staff learning and development and its contribution to industry professionalism and the success of insurance businesses.
Established in 1963, Barry.Nilsson. is a national law firm with a reputation for leadership in the areas of Insurance & Health, Family Law & Estate Planning, and Property & Commercial. The firm has offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart.
Barry.Nilsson.’s Insurance & Health practice predominantly covers the most critical aspect of insurance operations and profitability: claims management. The firm’s ongoing support and commitment to the insurance industry is evidenced by its well-regarded interactive training initiative, Elevista, which provides insurance and corporate risk training to clients and insurance professionals.
In 2016, Barry.Nilsson. was named Professional Services Firm of the Year at the ANZIIF 2016 Australian Insurance Industry Awards after finalist nominations in the previous four years, while also being nominated as a finalist in the 2016 Australasian Law Awards for both the Australian Law Firm of the Year and Insurance Specialist Firm of the Year categories. Barry.Nilsson. has been ranked as a leading insurance practice in Doyle’s Guide, and has seen eight insurance solicitors listed in Australia’s Best Lawyers.
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