Dean Newell Dean Newell

Dean Newell

Principal Insurance | Sydney
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Dean has been involved in insurance cases for more than 30 years. He has handled many thousands of insurance claims under common law and statutory schemes. Dean is an expert in all facets of defending insurance claims, including advice in relation to statutory coverage, assessment of liability and quantum, administrative law issues, and the interplay between the various statutory schemes and equitable principles. 
He is an acknowledged catastrophic claims expert. Dean advises clients on issues including indemnity, liability, contractual indemnity, quantum, reserving and prospects of recovery from third parties. This extends to matters beyond the standard ‘legal’ issues and relevantly takes into account commercial/business relationships and ethical considerations.

Listed in The Best Lawyers in Australia 2020 for Insurance Law

Dean's Qualifications

  • Bachelor Arts, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of New South Wales
  • Nationally Accredited Mediator, Leading Edge Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and ACT
  • Solicitor of the High Court of Australia

Dean's Expertise

  • Insurance litigation
  • Liability
  • General insurance 
  • Professional indemnity claims
  • Catastrophic and major claims
  •  Marine public liability

Dean's Leadership

  • Nationally Accredited Mediator, Leading Edge Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Associate Fellow, Risk Management Institution of Australasia
  • Member, Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Member, The Law Society of New South Wales

Dean's Recent Experience

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Compulsory Third Party

Work Undertaken

Dean has handled claims under the Motor Vehicles (Third Party Insurance) Act 1942, the Motor Accidents Act 1988 and the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999
Dean has handled hundreds of catastrophic CTP injury claims over 20 years of practice in the CTP arena and, for one client in particular, for matters resolved since 1999 where liability was in issue, has achieved no less than five verdicts for the defendant in matters with estimates greater than $1 million and has achieved savings of over $50 million.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Public liability

Work Undertaken

Defended a personal injury claim by a school pupil against a private school for severe injuries (quadriplegia) received in a game of rugby union resulting in the ultimate withdrawal of the claim, saving around $8 million.
Defended a personal injury claim against owners of a maxi-yacht by a crew member for loss of fingers in rigging with extremely advantageous settlement saving around $200,000.
Defended a claim against a truck body manufacturer and advised on coverage issues in relation to a professional services exclusion in a public/product liability policy.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Product Liability - Professional Indemnity

Work Undertaken

Acted for a major fire safety corporation in respect of the destruction by fire of a $5 million excavator; the insured was responsible for installing a fire suppression system which failed to operate in the fire; defended proceedings in the Federal Court involving multiple parties, extensive discovered documents and detailed expert evidence.  The claim including interest and business interruption component approximated $10 million and the matter was settled on very advantageous terms for a fraction of that figure prior to trial
Advised on coverage issues in respect of a claim against a broker for placing insurance with an unauthorised foreign insurer which subsequently became insolvent
Acted for a director in proceedings brought by a liquidator in respect of an allegation of insolvent trading.

Dean's recent publications

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  1. Compensation to Relatives Claims and the Need for Correct Dependency Rates

    22 Feb 2017

    Norris v Routley; Routley v Norris [2016] NSWCA 367 Background Facts The appellant sued the respondent following the death of the appellant’s husband (the deceased) pursuant to the Compensation to Relatives Act 1897 (NSW). The respondent treated the...

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  2. Bajramovic v Calubaquib [2015] NSWCA 139

    05 May 2015

    Background Facts On 20 November 2007 Mr Bajramovic ('the Applicant’') was injured when his motor vehicle was struck from behind by a vehicle that had, in turn, been struck by a third vehicle being driven by Mr Calubaquib (‘the...

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  3. An Overview of the Motor Accidents Compensation Regulation 2015 (NSW)

    25 Mar 2015

    The Motor Accidents Compensation Regulation 2015 (NSW) (‘the Regulations’) comes into effect on 1 April 2015, replacing the existing Motor Accidents Compensation Regulation 2005 (NSW). The Regulations have been remade under the regulation...

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