DACB, Wotton + Kearney appointed to Zurich’s APAC complex claims panel

DAC Beachcroft has been appointed to Zurich Insurance Group’s new large and complex claims legal panel for the Asia-Pacific region, following joint proposition submitted with insurance law firm Wotton + Kearney.

Under the new arrangement, DACB’s global insurance team and Wotton + Kearney’s regional team will be responsible for overseeing Zurich’s complex, high value claims in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Commenting on the new appointment, James Morris, chairman of DAC Beachcroft’s claims solutions group and client relationship partner for Zurich, said: “We are delighted to be supporting this very important part of Zurich’s business in providing strategic claims management across the APAC region.

“Our strong relationship with Wotton + Kearney will be hugely beneficial in ensuring a consistent approach in managing these complex and often commercially sensitive claims and supports our commitment to work with Zurich and its key customers across all jurisdictions. This has always been a core focus for DAC Beachcroft, Wotton + Kearney and Zurich.”

Wotton and Kearney chief executive partner, David Kearney, added, “From our significant work with Zurich in Australia, New Zealand and the broader Asian region, we know that Zurich recognises the importance of business partners truly understanding their customers’ businesses which often cross national borders. With this appointment of DACB and WK’s best in region teams, we are confident that our collective knowledge will translate to first class claims results for Zurich customers across the Asia-Pacific region.”

Both firms are founding members of Legalign Global, an alliance of law firms working collectively for multinational insurers, brokers and businesses to handle cross-border risks and claims.

Helen Faulkner, DACB’s global head of insurance, commented: “This is a very significant milestone in realising our ambitions to support Zurich and its international customers across all jurisdictions. Zurich is a very important client for the firm and we are thrilled to be expanding our relationship further with this new panel appointment.

“It is both testament to the strength of the relationship that our very large team of lawyers in our global insurance practice has established with Zurich over the years, as well as a demonstration of the clear benefits of our Legalign Global alliance in delivering strategic and consistent claims management across multiple jurisdictions.”

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