Financial Lines/Directors & Officers

Specialist advice is an art form in itself. Since 1990, Curwoods has been honing its approach to Directors & Officers (D&O) and Financial Lines. We have advised D&O underwriters and insurance agencies (both in Australia and overseas) on liability and drafting of policy documents, and we have defended insured directors and officers against claims covered by D&O policies.

The Financial Lines/D&O team works closely with our Commercial team. The skills required to represent insurers in financial lines disputes are complimentary, requiring an understanding of corporations law, directors duties, accounts and general commercial knowledge.  The team’s focus is to avoid litigation and pursue remedies through ADR given the complexity and sensitivity of many Financial Lines and D&O claims.

Our particular areas of expertise are:

  • Corporate Fraud
  • Real estate agents claims
  • Certifiers
  • Conveyancers
  • Mortgage brokers
  • Trustees of Superannuation Funds and of Property Trusts
  • Directors and Officers liabilities
  • Private educational institutions

Our senior team members include:

Yasmin Bell

Senior Associate
B Science (Forensic) (University of Newcastle) 2001, LLB (University of Newcastle) 2004

Julie Bowker

Senior Associate
Practical Legal Training (College of Law, Sydney) 2014 / Diploma in Law (University of Sydney) 2014 / Diploma in Law (College of Law, Chester, UK) 1990 / BSc (Hons) (Marine Biology and Applied Zoology) (Bangor University, North Wales, UK) 1988

Clive Curwood

Bachelor of Laws (University of Sydney) 1967

Paul Garnon

B.Com (Finance) (University of NSW) 1991 / LLB (University of NSW) 1991

Dick Herman

Senior Associate
Bachelor of Laws, Australian National University, 1996 / Bachelor of Commerce, Australian National University, 1996

Kiley Hodges

BA (University of New England) 1998 / LLB (Hons) (University of New England) 1998

Craig Hyde

Special Counsel
LLB (Hons) (University of Otago) 1990

Sally Morshead

Senior Associate
LLB (Bond University) 2005

Michael Poulos

Dip Law (LPAB) 1997


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