Financial Lines expert strengthens Barry.Nilsson.’s Award-Winning Insurance & Health Practice
National law firm Barry.Nilsson. (BN) has further strengthened its award-winning insurance and health law team with the announcement today that leading financial lines lawyer, John Fogg, will be joining the firm as a Consultant in the Brisbane office.
Mr Fogg brings over a decade of experience acting as coverage and defence counsel for insurers in both London and Australia, adding considerable weight to a team already recognised as a leader in the insurance field.
Mr Fogg’s market experience also includes several years managing claims for major international insurers, and most recently leading a regional team of claims advocates in Asia on the broker side.
“I’ve been lucky enough to gain experience in many different jurisdictions around the world, from the lawyer, insurer and broker perspectives. This has given me a real appreciation of the daily pressures faced by the key stakeholders in the industry and a fantastic insight into a variety of different insurance markets and litigation environments,” said Mr Fogg.
“I believe this diverse experience will serve me well in living up to Barry.Nilsson.’s excellent standards and, most importantly, delivering on the expectations of the firm’s clients.”
Commenting on his typical approach Mr Fogg noted, “In our industry it’s vitally important to approach every matter with a commercial mindset. This was drummed into me when I started out as a trainee in London and still heavily influences my approach today. Any recommendation you make must make commercial sense to your client - not only in the context of the matter at hand, but also in the context of their wider book of business if acting for insurer clients”.
Mr Fogg went on to note that “The way I see it, the ultimate objective when acting for insurers and their insureds is to achieve the most commercial outcome available as quickly and as cost-effectively as possible. And my experience on the insurer and broker side in recent years has only reinforced that view.”
Barry.Nilsson. Chairman and head of the national Insurance & Health Law practice Rhett Kennedy said the appointment further strengthens the firm’s national financial lines team and will enhance existing key client relationships.
“We deliver a genuine national presence bolstered by highly regarded insurance practitioners leading each of our offices. This distinctive offering allows us to provide a higher level of client service consistently across the country.” Mr Kennedy said.
“John Fogg’s appointment complements the firm’s strategy to provide a truly national service to our insurance clients, and the advantage of his extensive history of working in senior claims handling roles for a number of leading insurer clients leverages BN’s financial lines offering and the level of client service we can provide in this space.”
“John is recognised internationally for his technical skill, commercial outlook and strong client focus, which makes him a perfect fit with the culture we have worked hard to build at BN.”
Mr Fogg is expected to commence in Barry.Nilsson.’s Brisbane office after the new year, once he has settled into Australia with his family.
“I’ve been well acquainted with Barry.Nilsson. for many years now - both through personal relationships and as a past client, so I know from firsthand experience that the firm has an exceptional team working to a very high standard, a great work culture, and enjoys the support of incredible clients.”
“I’m really looking forward to meeting the wider Barry.Nilsson. team and cannot wait to get started in my new role” said Mr Fogg.
Mr Fogg’s appointment brings Barry Nilsson’s Financial Lines specialist presence in Brisbane to 10 and follows the promotion of five principals nationally in July, including new financial lines principal Jordan Farr who joins Rhett Kennedy in leading the team in Brisbane. The firm is yet to announce their end of year promotions, which are expected to be released in the coming weeks.
In the recent 2021 edition of Doyle’s Guide, Barry.Nilsson. was recognised as a leading Professional Indemnity Law Firm across all five participating states, with 14 senior lawyers and principals recognised as leading Professional Indemnity lawyers.
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