Insurance Litigation

With over 60 years’ acting for major Australian and international insurers – we know how the industry works. Now we can act for you, the policy holder.

Elit Lawyers by McGirr & Snell is one of Australia’s only law firms with more than 60 years’ experience acting for major Australian and international insurers who can now act for policy holders. We know how the industry works; and now we can act for you.

Unlike many law firms who are conflicted from acting for policy holders due to their ongoing representation of major insurers, we do not have this limitation. We understand the full spectrum of issues faced by policy holders and know how to enforce the rights of policy holders to achieve maximum insurance recovery. We are highly regarded for providing top-tier strategies and outcomes in the interests of policy holders without the big firm costs.

Our team, led by industry veteran Robert McGirr and award-winning litigator Danielle Snell, believe that policy holders should be treated fairly and we fight to ensure that insurance companies pay policy holders what they are contractually entitled to. 

Decisions made by insurance companies are not always correct and we have significant experience challenging insurers in all Australian jurisdictions, including the Supreme Court of Victoria, Federal Court of Australia and High Court of Australia.

Our expertise lies across traditional and non-traditional insurance service lines, including: Business Interruption Insurance; Property and Product Insurance; Public Liability; Director & Officer Insurance, Professional Liability Insurance including claims for and against professionals and Cyber Insurance, Builders Warranty Insurance and Life Insurance.
Through embracing the spirit of entrepreneurship and modern collaboration we have adopted a model where our clients are at the centre of everything we do and become part of the journey, rather than removed from it.

We have a high success rate of settling cases prior to trial and navigating expectations of various stakeholders in litigation to strategise and negotiate smart commercial outcomes.

Expertise

Managing litigated and non-litigated claims on behalf of policy holders against insurance companies in all Australian Court jurisdictions

Advice on insurance policy coverage at inception, renewal stage or claims stage

Advice on strategies to achieve maximum insurance recovery

Advice on insurance arrangements in the context of mergers, acquisitions, and other types of corporate transactions including the transfer of risk and representation and warranty insurance

Insurance contracts advice

General insurance advice

Preparation of insurance claims submissions

Assisting with responses to incidents and events

Challenging declinatures of indemnity by insurers on behalf of policy holders

Reviewing and enforcing insurance related deeds of indemnity

Issuing complaints against insurers both internally and externally to the Australian Financial Complaints Authority

Representing policy holders at mediation and arbitration

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Managing litigated and non-litigated claims on behalf of policy holders against insurance companies in all Australian Court jurisdictions

Advice on insurance policy coverage at inception, renewal stage or claims stage

Advice on strategies to achieve maximum insurance recovery

Advice on insurance arrangements in the context of mergers, acquisitions, and other types of corporate transactions including the transfer of risk and representation and warranty insurance

Insurance contracts advice

General insurance advice

Preparation of insurance claims submissions

Assisting with responses to incidents and events

Challenging declinatures of indemnity by insurers on behalf of policy holders

Reviewing and enforcing insurance related deeds of indemnity

Issuing complaints against insurers both internally and externally to the Australian Financial Complaints Authority

Representing policy holders at mediation and arbitration

Since the firm launched, Elit Lawyers by McGirr & Snell have won multiple awards, including:

Danielle Snell. Managing Partner of the Year.

Managing Partner of the Year - Winner

Law Firm Leader of the Year <100 employees - Winner

Elit Lawyers. Litigation Team of the Year

Litigation Team of the Year - Finalist

NewLaw Firm of the Year - Finalist

Boutique Firm of the Year - Winner

NewLaw Firm of the Year - Finalist

Expertise in insurance disputes

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With us personally, it is just one more way we’re different.

Danielle Snell

CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER

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Robert McGirr

CO-FOUNDER AND PARTNER

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Amy Sheggerud-Woods

SENIOR CONSULTANT

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I just wanted to thank you all for the hard work and dedication you put into my Workcover case.

A special thanks to Aggie whom I’m glad I chose to support me and give me the step by step instructions on how to go about proving my case for a result in my favour.

Thanks again for all your advice.

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Aggie is the best lawyer in Common Law Claims I have ever worked with. Having seen a couple of large Law Firms l felt let down, being quickly shown the front door. Luckily for me a friend suggested seeing Aggie Vlahos (Partner).

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She explained everything in a way I could easily understand and always got back to me quickly when I had questions even outside her working hours.

Aggie helped me achieve an extraordinary outcome. However, only charged fair fees.

If someone is seeking a legal help, I highly recommend Aggie Vlahos and Elit Lawyers.

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"I had the good luck to be recommended to Aggie Vlahos for handling my Estate Litigation Case. Through Aggie I achieved a very satisfying result."

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Jan

I had the good luck to be recommended to Aggie Vlahos for handling my Estate Litigation Case. She was always available to me, no matter how big or small my concern was. She was kind, patient, easy to talk to and very understanding regarding my troubles.

The case was resolved within only 5 months, which I was grateful for. Through Aggie I achieved a very satisfying result.

I would have no hesitation in recommending her to others.

 

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"If you want a safe, caring, professional group of lawyers and company, look no further than Aggie Vlahos and Elit Lawyers."

Family Law Matter

Michael

Thank you to Aggie Vlahos (Partner) and the staff at Elit Law, also James Eley (Barrister). You did a marvelous job in representing me in relation to my family matter and most importantly caring about me and providing a secure environment for me to navigate a very difficult situation.

The result you achieved was nothing short of amazing. The professionalism displayed on the day by Aggie and James blew me away. With their invaluable guidance and support we achieved a extremely favourable result.

If you want a safe, caring, professional group of lawyers and company, look no further than Elit Lawyers.

Great people, Great Service, Great Company.

 

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"The best of the best plaintiff lawyers against insurance companies. We had a very tough and complex case and Danielle and her team settled with the insurance company for an optimal outcome."

Insurance Policy Holder

Home owner

The best of the best plaintiff lawyers team against insurance companies.

We had a very tough and complex case against insurance company that we lost our home and contents.  After disappointing and frustrating process from another law firm and firing them we found Danielle Snell and her team.

They are very dedicated, knowledgeable, passionate and possess great communication skills.  We couldn’t ask for more and settled with a optimal outcome.

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"It’s great to be able to confidently refer clients to someone who can help and support them, and to feel that they are receiving the best service."

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It’s great to be able to confidently refer clients to someone who can help and support them, and to feel that they are receiving the best service.

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