Australia: Clyde & Co Welcomes Five New Partners In Sydney
Last Updated: 1 February 2016

Clyde & Co today welcomes five new partners from Lee & Lyons in Sydney.

Partners David Lee, Lucinda Lyons, David Amentas, Michelle Dunne and Christopher Smith have joined the firm along with 24 fee earners.

David Lee and Lucinda Lyons founded Lee & Lyons in 2002. Both have extensive experience across all major lines of insurance including financial lines, professional indemnity, public and products liability, property and statutory classes.

Australian Managing Partner John Edmond said of the appointments: "At Clyde & Co our strategy is to be the pre-eminent global law firm in our core sectors and insurance is at our heart. These appointments will allow us to increase significantly our capability in general liability and further expand our professional liability claims work. Our clients have made it clear that this is what they want from us to serve their needs better and we are responding. We will also add to our existing well regarded financial lines and D&O practice.

David Amentas has practised in insurance law for more than 17 years and has extensive experience across professional indemnity and liability insurance, developing a sensible, commercial and practical approach to claims. His experience includes acting in professional indemnity, D&O, employment practices and liability matters.

Michelle Dunne has experience in a broad range of insurance matters including public liability, medical malpractice, product liability and dust diseases litigation. Michelle's experience in acting for corporate and government agencies and commercial enterprises, provides her with an understanding of fundamental issues concerning those bodies such as resources, media sensitivity, risk assessment strategies and policy considerations. This understanding enables her to provide clients with appropriate strategies to better manage litigation, should it arise.

Christopher (Chris) Smith has acted for financial lines insurers for more than 16 years, principally in the areas of D&O and professional indemnity insurance. Chris provides coverage advice to insurers in claims against directors and officers and professional negligence claims and acts as monitoring counsel in large and complex litigation. Chris also has extensive experience defending litigated claims brought against a range of professionals.

Scott Castledine also joins the firm in Sydney today as a senior associate from Allens. He is a commercial litigator who specialises in professional defence.

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