Bronwyn Ackland

Bronwyn has genuine interest in getting to know her clients and understand what matters most to them. She has a strong legal acumen yet [it is] balanced with a commercial mindset.

Steven Kopti, Global Corporate and International Program Claims Coordinator, Zurich Australia
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Bronwyn Ackland


Bronwyn Ackland is a principal in our Insurance and Health team and is located in the Adelaide office.

‘I began my legal career in the insurance team of a leading Adelaide law firm where I mainly did compulsory third party (CTP) work. When an opportunity came up at another firm to do more general insurance, I realised that this kind of broad experience would make me an even better insurance lawyer, especially from a commercial perspective. Within a reasonably short period of time, I became a partner. At Barry.Nilsson., I’m really enjoying working with a national insurance practice and the collegial nature of the firm.’

Bronwyn specialises in:

  • Compulsory third party (CTP)
  • Insurance litigation (personal injury, professional indemnity, property and dust diseases)

She has also assisted clients with commercial disputes and wills and estates matters.

‘I think clients find me approachable and easy to talk to. I also make sure that I’m available and responsive. I take a pragmatic approach to matters, and am very focused on resolving the problems my clients are facing. I’m also sensitive to what a client wants. This considerate approach goes to the heart of how I work with clients and try to make their job easier. In my advices, I’m incisive and succinct, but without oversimplifying the issues. In 15 years, I’ve had only one matter go to trial, which shows that I’m very focused on getting the best possible result for my clients.’

Bronwyn’s clients are diverse. They range from claims managers who are sophisticated and experienced litigators, to clients that need more guidance and are very conscious of costs.

‘Barry.Nilsson. is an interesting firm because we all share the same values. This is quite rare, especially in national practices. I think we’re a thoughtful group of lawyers, which is reflected in the quality of our work. Most importantly, we’re united in our desire to provide our clients with exceptional service.’

Bronwyn is recognised in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers for Insurance Law. In the 2018 edition of Doyle's Guide, Bronwyn was recognised as a Recommended Public and Product Liability and CTP Lawyer in South Australia. In 2019, she was listed as a Recommended Professional Indemnity and Dust Disease Lawyer, and a Leading Public and Product Liability Lawyer. Bronwyn is the President of the APIG Committee in South Australia.


  • Member, Committee, Australian Professional Indemnity Group (APIG) (South Australia)
  • Member, Civil Litigation Committee, Law Society of South Australia
  • Member, Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF)
  • Member, Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA)
  • Member, Women Lawyers’ Association South Australia
  • Member, Law Society of South Australia
  • Member, Flinders University Alumni


  • Compulsory third party (CTP)
  • Insurance litigation (casualty, property and dust diseases)
  • Commercial disputes
  • Wills and estates


  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Arts