Best lawyers in Australia 2025: spotlight on top legal talent

Emerging stars in law sector also unveiled

Best lawyers in Australia 2025: spotlight on top legal talent

Insurance News

By Roxanne Libatique

The 2025 edition of Best Lawyers for Australia has highlighted significant achievements within the insurance law sector, showcasing a broad array of talent and expertise across numerous prominent law firms.

The 17th edition of The Best Lawyers in Australia for 2025 shines a spotlight on 4,513 lawyers across nine major metropolitan areas. Sydney is the top metropolitan area with the most recognised lawyers.

Spanning across 95 practice areas, the top 10 practices boasting the most honourees include litigation, insurance law, alternative dispute resolution, corporate law, commercial law, construction/infrastructure law, real property law, mergers and acquisitions law, labour and employment law, and government practice.

Best lawyers at Wotton + Kearney

Wotton + Kearney (W + K) marked a notable presence in the insurance law field, with several of its senior lawyers acknowledged for their expertise. This includes Cheryl Phillips, who not only specialises in insurance law but was also named “Lawyer of the Year” for her outstanding contributions to the field. The firm's focus on insurance law was further underscored by multiple recognitions across its offices in different cities.

Best lawyers at Colin Biggers & Paisley

Colin Biggers & Paisley also demonstrated its strength in insurance law, with a whopping 43 listings in this area. Andrew Tulloch, highlighted as “Lawyer of the Year” for aviation law, contributed significantly to the firm's reputation in handling intricate insurance cases associated with the aviation sector.

Best lawyers at Gilchrist Connell

Gilchrist Connell (GC) saw 31 of its principals, special counsel, and consultants listed in insurance law among other practice areas. The firm's contribution to the insurance industry is reflected through the acknowledgment of its senior associates in the “Ones to Watch” category, indicating the firm's ongoing development and future potential in insurance litigation.

Best lawyers at Meridian Lawyers

Meridian Lawyers included insurance law as a primary area of recognition among its 27 listed lawyers. Noteworthy is principal Andrew Saxton, who received the “Lawyer of the Year” award for medical negligence, an area closely tied with insurance law, particularly in terms of policy implications and claims related to medical practices.

Best lawyers at Barry Nilsson

Barry Nilsson excelled with 67 individual listings, a significant number of which pertained directly to insurance and health law. Special recognition was given to Melanie Quixley, named “Lawyer of the Year” for product liability litigation.


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