Insurance specialist firm bolsters two practices with lateral hires

One of the new senior hires led an insurance company’s large financial lines claims team while the other comes from another insurance specialist law firm

Insurance specialist firm bolsters two practices with lateral hires
Wotton + Kearney (W+K) is strengthening two of its practice groups with lateral hires from an insurance company and a rival law firm that specialises in the insurance industry.

Kieran Doyle and Sarah Wood have been appointed as special counsel in the firm’s directors and officers (D&O) and employment practices liability (EPL) practices, respectively.

Doyle comes to W+K from Chubb, where he led the large financial lines claims team. The firm said that it hired Doyle because of its growing client requirements in complex D&O matters, including class actions. He brings to the team an in-depth understanding of claims processes and the associated management of all stakeholder expectations. His high-profile matters include shareholder class actions against ASX200 companies, banks, and asset managers.

Wood comes to W+K from Sparke Helmore, where she was part of the workplace practice. W+K says Wood, who has extensive experience in advising corporations on an array of employment related disputes, will lead the growth of the EPL practice.

W+K now has 23 special counsel. The insurance law specialist firm has more than 125 lawyers working out of its offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth.

Kieran Doyle

Sarah Wood

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