Leighton Hawkes

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Leighton Hawkes

Principal

About Leighton

Leighton is a Principal in the Insurance division of the firm.  He is also the Head of the firm’s Government team, leading a dedicated team of over 35 lawyers who assist and advise government agencies in NSW across a variety of legal matters.

Leighton has over ten years’ experience in the insurance industry, with experience in claims management and other technical roles having previously worked with a major Australian insurance company.  This past experience has allowed him to better understand his client’s needs and their business drivers, assisting the firm to develop true partnerships with its clients.

Leighton represents various global and national insurers, defending all manner of general liability claims, including public liability, product liability, contract works and construction liability exposures.  He also acts for sporting and recreational clubs and for a number of the country’s largest pub and hotel companies.  Leighton also regularly advises on insurance policy interpretation and has assisted clients with their policy wordings.

In addition, Leighton manages a diverse range of claims on behalf of NSW Government agencies,  including claims arising from public liability, professional indemnity, property damage and construction, asbestos, sexual abuse, discrimination, debt recovery and environmental law.  Leighton has a strong interest in Coronial law and assists, and where necessary attends, Coronial Inquests on behalf of both government and private clients.

In addition to the above experience, Leighton has a strong interest in mentoring, both internally within McCabe Curwood and through volunteer work with the NSW Law Society’s mentoring program.  Leighton is also a legal adviser and committee member for Will It Your Way, a charity organisation seeking to advance education among young people on the importance of having a will.


Expertise

Insurance litigation

Public liability

Property damage

Coronial law and practice

Insurance policy interpretation

Product liability

Environmental law

Qualifications & Associations

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Laws

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