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Australian Insurance Law: A First Reference, 3rd Edition
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Australian Insurance Law: A First Reference, 3rd Edition

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Published 2014 (LexisNexis)
ISBN: 9780409337525. Soft Cover.

Pynt, G. 

Greg Pynt's Australian Insurance Law: A First Reference is a clear and concise treatment of general insurance law in Australia and explains all the key concepts associated with general insurance law including the unique insurance ‘take’ on the duty of utmost good faith, conditions and warranties, causation, mitigation, subrogation and double insurance and contribution.

It is perfect for insurance law students, insurance lawyers and those in the wider insurance industry as well as commercial and litigation lawyers looking for a clear introduction to insurance principles for addressing commercial or litigation issues in their everyday work. This expanded 3rd edition includes additional chapters on mitigation in insurance law and some common policy terms. It also covers analysis of common law and equitable principles relevant to insurance law and offers a detailed examination of the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth) that governs most insurance contracts with an Australian connection.



A concise discussion of the principles of general Australian insurance law. A well written text with insightful commentary explaining the fundamentals of insurance law with references to important relevant statute and case law. Quotes included at the beginning of each chapter to help set the light hearted tone to the topic.

Greg graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Laws in 1977 and moved to London in 1981 where he worked for Willis Faber & Dumas, Insurance Brokers. Between 1981 and 1983, Greg worked in the Litigation Department of Clifford-Turner (now Clifford Chance) in London. He returned to Perth and in 1987 became a partner in Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons). In 1996, Greg left Mallesons Stephen Jaques to set up Pynt + Partners. He left Pynt + Partners in 2012. Greg was then a Senior Claims Solicitor at Law Mutual (WA) for six months and has practised as a barrister at Francis Burt Chambers since 2013. Greg won the Australian Insurance Law Association Insurance Prize in 2000 and is an AILA Honorary Life Member. He is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Western Australia where he has co-ordinated and lectured in insurance law in the Faculty of Law at undergraduate and postgraduate level since 1991.


1. Insurance: A Risk Transfer Loss-Spreading Arrangement

2. Dividing Insurance into Categories

3. A Short History of Insurance

4. Regulation of General Insurers

5. Insurance Intermediaries

6. Introduction to the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth)

7. Utmost Good Faith

8. Pre-contractual Disclosure

9. Formation of an Insurance Contract

10. Insurable Interest

11. Duration of an Insurance Contract

12. The Layout of an Insurance Policy: Recitals, Insuring Clause, Exclusions, Policy Terms and Definitions

13. Construction of a Provision of an Insurance Contract

14. The Nature of an Insurer's Promise to Indemnify

15. Causation

16. First Party Insurance

17. Liability (Third Party) Insurance

18. Some Common Policy Terms

19. Delayed Payment of a Claim; Denying a Claim and Repudiating a Policy; Onus of Proof

20. Election, Estoppel and Abuse of Process

21. Section 54

22. Fraudulent Claims

23. How Many Claims (Aggregation Clauses)?

24. Claiming the Benefit of Another Person's Insurance Contract

25. Some Insurance-Related Civil Litigation Procedures

26. Mitigation In Insurance Law

27. Subrogation

28. The Duties Owed by a Lawyer When Retained by an Insurer

29. Double Insurance and Contribution

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