Peter Craney

Peter Craney

Senior Associate Sydney, Australia

Peter is a Senior Associate with 8 years’ experience, gained in Australia and the UK, practising in insurance and commercial law. He has specialist expertise in shipping and aviation law and a complementary practice in professional indemnity and liability insurance, particularly public and products liability. His expertise extends to drafting bespoke policy wordings for major insurers and commercial agreements for their Insureds.

Peter advises on coverage disputes, acts as defence counsel, pursues recoveries and provides advice on commercial contract and insurance product development. He has acted in complex cross-border court litigations and arbitrations across various jurisdictions.

Peter acts for Australian, Lloyd’s, London and overseas market (re)insurers, freight forwarders, NVOCCs, and other logistics companies, major airlines, hull, liability and cargo insurers, and their insureds, including large haulage companies, and FMCG and perishable food import/export companies. As a registered interpreter, Peter is the first point of call for clients with claims involving a LATAM aspect or in Spanish speaking countries.

He has been published in ‘Insurance Day’, and in ‘Lloyd’s List Australia’, and is a regular presenter at industry events on emerging issues such as cyber-risks in the transportation sector.

Peter is a member of Young Shipping Australia (YSA) and the Aviation Law Association of Australia & New Zealand (ALAANZ) and is a board member of the Maritime Law Association of Australian and New Zealand (NSW) (MLAANZ), the Sydney Marine Discussion Group (SMDG) and the Institute of Marine Insurance Professionals (IMIP). He is currently completing a Master of Laws in International Trade and Transport Law at the University of Sydney.

Peter Craney “is really good…he provides good advice, is always very responsive and tries to find a solution.”
The Gracechurch Report: Asia Pacific Insurance Law 2017 – Kennedys’ outstanding lawyers: Australia.

Market recognition

  • Winner of Insurance Business 'Young Gun' for 2017.
  • Finalist for Insurance for the ‘Lawyers Weekly’ 30 under 30 Awards for 2016, 2017 and 2018.
  • Peter Craney “is really good…he provides good advice, is always very responsive and tries to find a solution.”
    The Gracechurch Report: Asia Pacific Insurance Law 2017 – Kennedys’ outstanding lawyers: Australia.

Work highlights

  • Advising an international logistics company on an urgent interlocutory application for 16 shipments from various parts of the world arising out of the administration of receivers and a claim for a possessory lien.  
  • Acting for international air carriers (including Malaysia largest airline, the second largest airline of the UAE and Singapore’s flag carrier) and their insurers as defence counsel for multiple claims for lost and damaged cargo, personal injury and baggage  claims under the Civil Aviation (Carriers' Liability) Act 1959 and the Montreal and Warsaw Conventions
  • Drafting and advising on a new general liability policy, construction consultants’ policy, environmental liability policy and in-land farm transit policy.
  • Advising and acting as defence counsel for freight forward liability insurers of a multinational freight forwarder in respect of multiple claims for damage or lost cargo and project cargo – ranging from $50K to $1.5M and providing a multi-jurisdictional advice on claims from the Hanjin insolvency.
  • Acting for insurers of a Taiwanese manufacture, and Netherlands based distributor, of bicycles parts in product liability and negligence proceedings in the Supreme Court of NSW brought by an injured party, and Australian distributors ($2M) – foreign law issues involved.