New partner takes to Clyde & Co, brings team of 5

New partner takes to Clyde & Co, brings team of 5

01 September 2021 By Emma Ryan
David Kerwin

An experienced insurance lawyer has joined Clyde & Co’s partnership in a move that sees him bring a team of five from Barry.Nilsson.

David Kerwin has taken to the global law firm’s national insurance group. He will be based in Brisbane for his new role.

Mr Kerwin joins Clyde & Co from Barry.Nilsson. and brings with him special counsel Stefanie Luhrs and Ewa Cholinska, senior associate Simone Shepherd and associates Patrick Johnson and Mitchell Page.

Throughout his career, Mr Kerwin has advised on complex matters involving property risks, financial lines, D&O liability, professional indemnity, policy coverage and defence health/life insurance lines.


He is described by Clyde & Co as “an experienced litigator and widely recognised for his technical skills, commerciality and practical approach.

“David is a strong addition to our team in Brisbane and is well-known to us having spent his formative years here,” said Clyde & Co partner and head of insurance Australia Lucinda Lyons.

“David’s property expertise adds further strength to the support we can offer clients as they continue to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for its longer-term implications.”

Mr Kerwin, who retains his role as the incumbent president of the Queensland chapter of the Australian Professional Indemnity Group (APIG), said he looks forward to returning to Clyde & Co.

“Having been part of the Clyde & Co team earlier in my career, I am well aware of the firm’s leadership position in Brisbane and the broader Australian insurance market, and the benefits of a truly global platform. Returning to the firm will take my practice to the next level,” he said.


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