John Renshaw John Renshaw

John Renshaw

Principal Insurance | Sydney
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John is an expert in insurance law, specialising in the field for over 19 years.  He has acted for insurers, employers and corporations, with a special emphasis on injury liability matters.

John looks for opportunity and leverage for his clients. He considers it important that clients understand and feel in control of the strategic development of each situation to achieve the most beneficial solution.
John regularly presents on current and anticipated challenges facing the insurance industry, particularly on issues of indemnity and statutory construction. 

His mathematics and accounting background enables him to draw this numerical love in investigating significant economic loss disputes.
John has additional special interests and has successfully represented his clients in heavy vehicle cases and is actively engaged more broadly in the disability sector.

John acted exclusively for claimants, applicants and plaintiffs until 1997.  This valuable insight provides him with a strong negotiation and forensic edge.


Preeminent Compulsory Third Party Insurance Lawyers - Defendant
Doyles Guide, 2017

John's Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting Major), University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of New South Wales
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Solicitor of the High Court of Australia

John's Expertise

  • Compulsory Third Party
  • Indemnity claims
  • Public Liability
  • Recoveries
  •  Workers’ Compensation

John's Leadership

  • Director, Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Association of New South Wales 
  • President Appeals Tribunal, Water Polo Australia
  • Member, Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Member, The Law Society of New South Wales

John's Recent Experience

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise


Work Undertaken

Acted for insurers in leading authorities, particularly on interpretation of statutory policies (Allianz v GSF). 
The interplay between recoveries in the statutory schemes was also a focus of his work (State of NSW v Nominal Defendant, Allianz v Newcastle Formwork). 
John is most proud of his achievement of driving successful resolution strategies and projects through ADR. 

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Public Liability

Work Undertaken

John has acted for insurers and insureds in matters ranging from and including collieries to medical centres and to sporting bodies (Cole v South Tweed Rugby League Football Club & Anor, Hughes v Van Eyk & RTA).

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise


Work Undertaken

John has been engaged as an expert in professional negligence (legal) claims. He has acted for wineries, consultants and providers of specialist services to sporting organisations.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Sport and NFP

Work Undertaken

Advising and assisting with governance, finance and risk, and legal. Bodies include ParaQuad, Water Polo Australia, Bonville International Golf Resort.

John's recent publications

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  1. Crime Doesn't Pay

    23 Jul 2020

    SW v Khaja [2020] NSWCA 128. FACTS On 28 November 2015 the plaintiff (SW) celebrated her 15th birthday. At approximately 10:00pm, the plaintiff and three friends entered a taxi. The plaintiff was the front seat passenger. Despite being a warm, dry night...

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  2. Truckies doing the best they can – another win against the danger of hindsight assessment

    17 Apr 2020

    Ryan v Workers Compensation Nominal Insurer (2020) NSWCA 38. facTS In the hours of darkness, at approximately 6:00am on 30 June 2011, the Appellant (‘Mr Ryan’), was the driver of an articulated truck, stopped at an unbroken marked line...

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  3. What’s the reason for GST compliance with Residential Property?

    03 Oct 2018

    The GST withholding regime commenced on 1 July 2018. It changes the treatment of GST for new residential premises and potential residential land. WHY HAS IT CHANGED? Previously, where the sale of new residential premises or potential residential land...

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