Veronica Chapman

Veronica Chapman

Partner Sydney, Australia

Veronica is a Partner in Kennedys’ Sydney office. Veronica’s extensive practice expertise in insurance litigation and advice is informed by over 30 years’ experience in her field.

She advises on every class of business and litigates claims covering every type of insurance product and policy, from high volume “slip and trip” cases all the way through to high level coverage and monitoring work for excess layer insurers on some of Australia’s largest class action disputes.

One client comments that "she provides excellent, efficient, sensible advice, always with the client's best interests in mind and always very commercial."

Chambers Asia Pacific 2018

Market recognition

  • A Leading Individual for Insurance (band 4)
    Veronica Chapman is appreciated by clients for the "practical and commercial advice" she provides, and for her "user-friendly" approach.
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2017
  • One client comments that "she provides excellent, efficient, sensible advice, always with the client's best interests in mind and always very commercial."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2018
  • A Recommended Lawyer for “Insurance”
    Veronica Chapman is described as ‘straightforward and excellent’
    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 - 2018
  • Veronica Chapman is “very straightforward in giving advice and she follows up what she says with action.”
    The Gracechurch Report: Asia Pacific Insurance Law 2017

Work highlights

  • Acting as coverage counsel on instructions from the first excess layer D&O insurer of the Leighton group on a policy claim arising from well-publicised allegations of bribery and corrupt conduct on the part of some of its executives to obtain preferential access to Iraqi crude oil exports. Advice was provided to insurers at the time of first notification of the policy claim. A class action is in its early stages.
  • Advising and representing the Australian Egg Corporate Ltd Board on the extent to which the a liability policy covered directors’ legal fees incurred in defending ACCC proceedings brought against AECL and its directors in the Federal Court of Australia
  • Advising the Department of Financial Services and Innovation (DFSI) on whether the Mine Subsidence Board (“MSB”) had complied with the Mine Subsidence Compensation Act 1951 (“the MSC Act”) in relation to a dispute(s) with the Kozak family who had their property repaired by builders appointed by the MSB after they had submitted a request for repairs to their property due to mine subsidence.
  • Acting as coverage and monitoring counsel on instructions from the first and third excess layer insurer of Multiplex Ltd in class action proceedings taken against that entity for material market.
  • Acting on behalf of WFI Pty Ltd who issued a Professional Indemnity Policy to Malamit Pty Ltd but declined to indemnify Malamit due to the subsidiary exclusion (Insured v Insured) and other arguments. The case was successful at first instance in the Supreme Court of NSW.
  • Acting for Aon Australia as brokers for a group of companies that provide services to coal mines in the Hunter valley, who allege that Aon negligently failed to obtain contract works insurance for them following the fire and destruction (by fire) of a methane reduction plant built by the plaintiffs.
  • Acting for the respondent valuer on instructions from its professional indemnity insurer in the matter of Kenny & Good v MGICA (1999) 199 CLR 413. The case remains one of the leading authorities on the liability of property industry professionals, and the calculation of damages under the Australian Consumer Law.

Market recognition
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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 EMEA 2017

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016