Five Minutes With… Anna McElhinney, DLA Phillips Fox

by IBO 07 Jan 2015

Five Minutes With… Anna McElhinney, DLA Phillips Fox

Why insurance law?
Insurance law is varied, interesting and challenging and I also appreciate that I get to work with sophisticated and interesting clients.  Usually, working in a specialist practice means you have a limited range of cases, but that’s not the case with being an insurance law specialist, which is great. 
 
How would you change the industry?
I’d work out a way to disseminate the message that the industry provides a great career path.
 
Best advice you’ve ever been given?
I wish it was something really inspirational…but it was probably advice regarding bringing sensible shoes if you’re going to have a long day in Court. 
 
If you were prime minister for one day, what would you do?
Declare a public holiday!
 
What’s the biggest challenge facing the industry today?  
It may not be the single biggest, but the need for education of customers stands out.  Getting individuals to take responsibility for ensuring they’ve got the right type or extent of cover and that they understand the ins and outs of their policy is not a new challenge to the industry, but in the wake of the Canterbury earthquakes it has taken on new meaning. 
 
What’s been the highlight of your career?  
My first solo jury trial – I felt like I’d finally become a real courtroom lawyer. 
 
What’s your favourite style of coffee?
I gave up coffee about a year ago to cut down on caffeine, but have replaced it with a serious Earl Grey Tea habit instead. 
 
Union, league or soccer or other?
If I said anything other than Union, there’d be an uprising at my house!
 
If you could invite three people to dinner, dead or alive, and excluding family or friends, who would they be and why?
Louis CK and Robin Williams for the laughs, Anthony Bourdain to cater and tell excellent travel stories.
 
Complete this sentence: if I wasn’t in insurance law I would be…
On a farm or a vineyard, producing tasty treats!