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Samuel Sumaru

Samuel Sumaru
Special Counsel
Insurance Law & Litigation
Samuel Sumaru

Sam specialises in property, building and construction related disputes as well as subrogated recoveries working for a range of insurer clients.

Prior to joining Lander & Rogers, Sam practised at an international insurance litigation law firm in New Zealand working across a number of areas.

Experience

Sam's areas of expertise include:

  • construction and engineering disputes
  • subrogated recovery claims including general advice on prospects of recovery to negotiating settlements
  • professional indemnity specialising in building and construction, engineering, certification and project management
  • property and ISR policy advice
  • high level risk review of consultancy agreements and deeds advising on risks and claims involving D&C contracts and building professionals including architects, structural and civil engineers and surveyors

Career highlights

Sam's career highlights include:

  • advising insurers on a large landslip during a significant road project where losses exceeded $180M
  • successfully defending insurers in Federal Court proceedings brought by an insured alleging wrongful declinature under an ISR Policy
  • defending a large construction company in Supreme Court of NSW proceedings involving defective design
  • advising ISR insurers regarding the construction and interpretation of an ISR Policy in a Federal Court and Supreme Court matter arising in fraud
  • acting for a large national construction company in litigated subrogated recovery matters in the Supreme Court of Victoria
  • acting for a large energy company in a litigated subrogated recovery matter in the Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • acting for insurers involved in a large power station project in New Zealand
  • advising insurers for a large construction company in New Zealand involving water tightness issues in an apartment complex
  • acting for a large national construction company in Supreme Court of NSW proceedings pursuing subcontractors for defective workmanship

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