Who We Are
Holman Webb is a commercial and insurance law firm with over 60 years experience and the scale to provide a top-tier level of legal services. At the same time, as a specialist commercial practice, we remain small enough to ensure all our clients are serviced:
by senior, partner led teams
in a timely fashion
We believe that being professional doesn’t mean being distant or aloof. Our clients tell us that we’re friendly and approachable. In fact we’re close enough to the business, culture and management objectives of our clients to perform as the legal people on their team.
In good company
Our clients include major insurers, national and multi-national corporations, SMEs, NFPs, and State Government departments operating in a range of industries around Australia. Many are business relationships that span twenty to thirty years.
We have a strong track record of delivering hard commercial results successfully, and we understand that your result includes the cost of getting there.We'd be delighted to discuss how we can deliver better results for you: contact us.
At Holman Webb we recognise that our responsibilities extend beyond our business and professional clients, to include the communities and the environments in which we operate.
Linked to the Community
The value of Holman Webb lies in the collective intellect of our partners and staff. We therefore place particular value on the pro bono services we provide to charities that support the well being of people with intellectual and physical disabilities.
We also support intellectual development within our public high schools by participating annually as magistrates in the Inter-School Mock Trial Competition.
Additionally, we support charities and organisations that promote the arts, protect the environment and provide food assistance to people in need. In particular, Holman Webb is a sponsor of the Festival of Sydney. Australia’s largest cultural event focuses on community access to free and subsidised performances across the city.
Linked to the Environment
As a knowledge service provider, the environmental footprint of Holman Webb is small. Yet no matter the size, we believe that every organisation must play its role to reduce the environmental impact of our cities. Holman Webb is a supporter of the Earth Hour initiative in the three Australian capital cities in which it operates.
Our office buildings are all NABERS Energy and Water rated for efficiency. We have implemented procedures for equipment to hibernate when inactive and we have greatly reduced our paper consumption with double-sided copying and printing. We actively recycle waste materials and we endevour wherever possible to use suppliers that have an environmental and sustainability policy.
Judgment was handed down recently by His Honour Justice Hall of the Supreme Court following our application for Administrative Review of the CARS decision of Elyse White following CARS General Assessment on 16 April 2012. The application related to her award for economic loss. Partner Wendy MacDonnell discusses the Court win and landmark decision.
In a judgment handed down in the NSW Supreme Court, the Court was asked to determine whether an action for recovery of repair costs may be sought by an insurer, under its right of subrogation, after settlement of recovery of rental car costs had been already finalised by consent judgment. Special Counsel Peter Bennett and Graduate Lawyer Madeleine Bertrand review this recent judgement.
Ensuring that your organisation has clearly defined policies concerning sexual harassment is something most organisations are on top of. But what happens if that policy falls short on detail? Partner Robin Young looks at what happened when one employer left out important wording and found it was vicariously liable for the actions of an employee.
How to protect confidential information
How does an employer protect confidential information from misuse by former employees? Partner Robin Young and Senior Associate Nick Read provide a guide for protecting confidential workplace information.
A new report from England puts patient safely in the spotlight, writes Dr Tim Smyth, Special Counsel.