Our Team

The PenSure team is headed by Barry.Nilsson. partner Robert Samut and Special Counsel Megan O'Rourke, who together have over 40 years' specialist experience in insurance law, contract law and risk management.  Both are members of leading insurance industry associations ANZIIF and AILA. They are well-known to the industry as the lead facilitators of Elevista Interactive Learning, which provides practical, informative and entertaining workshops and courses on insurance and risk management.

Highly experienced and respected Barry.Nilsson. commercial and property law partner Freeda Stevenson completes the team.  She provides valuable insight into contractual issues frequently encountered in a broad range of industry sectors including property development; project financing; commercial, industrial and retail leasing; construction and local and state government.

  • Robert Samut
    Robert Samut
    Partner

    Robert Samut

    Partner

    Robert Samut has been a partner of Barry.Nilsson. since 2002, leading a team of 8 professionals handling hundreds of insurance matters each year.  He advises several of Australia’s leading general insurers, two major hospital groups and a number of specialist insurers and brokers in the areas of public & products liability, professional indemnity, CTP, medical negligence and commercial claims.

    Robert’s expertise in insurance contracts legislation has resulted in his being part of the firm’s two person team that consulted with industry representatives and drafted proposed insurance contracts legislation for the Government of Papua and New Guinea. 

    Robert has achieved outstanding outcomes in a number of highly publicised matters. He writes numerous articles on insurance and health law, with international commentators and websites often picking up his commentary on these issues. In addition, he presents educational workshops and courses on insurance issues for Elevista and travels across Australia delivering these well-attended sessions. 

    This track record provides a solid foundation for the advice he provides in performing PenSure INDEMNITY CHECK reviews and considering related exposures to uninsured risks.

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  • Megan O’Rourke
    Megan O’Rourke
    Special Counsel

    Megan O’Rourke

    Special Counsel

    Megan’s wealth of experience in managing and advising on insurance and litigated claims has been gained through working at Barry.Nilsson. for the last 7 years together with time spent:

    • as an insurance senior associate for an international law firm
    • as an in-house lawyer and acting claims manager for a leading international insurance company, managing claims including complex, multi-million dollar litigation arising in the USA, Australia, Canada, UK and South Africa
    • in a claims management team of an international broker.

    With almost 20 years' experience in insurance law, Megan has transferred her enviable skills and knowledge to thousands of insurance professionals across Australia and elsewhere through the conference presentations, seminars and workshops she has presented for Elevista over the last 5 years. 

    Megan's role in providing PenSure INDEMNITY CHECK takes advantage of her superior technical skills; understanding of contractual indemnities, insurance contracts and other legislation; and her pragmatic approach to dealing with complex insurance-related business issues.

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  • Freeda Stevenson
    Freeda Stevenson
    Partner

    Freeda Stevenson

    Partner

    With nearly 30 years experience as a commercial and property lawyer,  Freeda has significant expertise in a wide range of commercial contracts, agreements and licenses; joint ventures and the associated negotiation, financing and construction aspects; acquisition and disposal of assets; and property development, management and leasing. 

    She has had a significant role in many large developments in Queensland and has developed a reputation for ensuring client interests always come first, achieved through her attention to detail, efficient turnaround of documentation, accessibility to clients and keen project management skills

    With a great understanding of her craft, Freeda is a valued member of the PenSure INDEMNITY CHECK team.  She brings significant insight gained from her involvement in high-value commercial transactions where terms and conditions are carefully worded and closely scrutinised.  Her ability to quickly identify problematic clauses in contracts is paramount in the PenSure INDEMNITY CHECK review.

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