Robert Crittenden


Robert practises in insurance law and litigation, with a focus on professional indemnity and product liability insurance. He joined Meridian Lawyers in November 2014, bringing a wealth of experience in insurance law, having acted in many high profile insurance cases.

He acts for overseas underwriters, particularly Lloyd’s Syndicates and others in the London insurance market. He also advises insurers, brokers, underwriting agents and insured parties and provides risk management advice to clients in the sports, leisure and construction industries.

Robert has many years experience drafting and amending insurance policies and endorsements.

He has acted in a number of large class actions including the CSN action (farm machinery) and the Cash Converters action (pay day lending).

Robert has also acted for the London market insurers of RailCorp in relation to the Waterfall rail disaster.

He is currently acting for the insurers of Cochlear in relation to a large number of product liability claims across the globe. He is also acting for a large law firm in relation to a high profile claim brought by John Symonds/Aussie Home Loans arising out of tax advice.

Robert is acknowledged by Best Lawyers in Australia (2022 edition) for his expertise in the areas of Insurance Law, Product Liability Litigation, Professional Malpractice Litigation and Litigation. The 2022 edition of Doyle’s Guide also acknowledges Robert as a leading professional indemnity lawyer.

He is a New South Wales Board Member and Chair of the Liaison Sub-Committee for the Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA) and is a member of the Product Liability Law Association.

Prior to joining Meridian Lawyers, Robert was a partner at DLA Piper and its predecessor Phillips Fox for nine years.

Mar 28, 2022

INSIGHT: Can My Replacement Vehicle be a Beamer? Damages for Loss of Use for Tortious Damage to Property

Damages for ‘loss of use’ of a chattel has for many years been an unsettled area of the law, pleaded inconsistently by plaintiffs and, at times, miscategorised by the Courts resulting in conflicting judgments. The issue is particularly important in claims for damages involving replacement car hire when a person’s car is damaged by the […]

Aug 24, 2018

INSIGHT: Video: Negligence in relation to asbestos-contaminated waste

Principal Robert Crittenden and Dominic Priestley SC discuss the recent New South Wales Supreme Court decision (Ball J) in Bettergrow Pty Limited v TransGrid (No 2). Produced by BenchTV, this video explores some of the key facts and findings of the case, bringing to light an important discussion about the duty of care requirement. In particular, […]