Steven Donley

Special Counsel


Steven specialises in the management of complex insurance, construction and commercial disputes. He has practiced as a contentious defence and insurance coverage lawyer for over 15 years. He has a broad general insurance practice that focuses on professional and financial risks - directors' and officers' liability, class actions, regulatory investigations, and professional indemnity.  Steven has a strong interest in the construction industry and also advises on coverage and claims under public liability, industrial special risks, contractors all risks and contract works policies.

Steven has a proven track record of effectively resolving complex disputes through arbitrations and in proceedings in all Federal and State Courts.  Steven is qualified and has practiced in Australia, Canada and Ireland. 

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