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DWF strengthens its specialist insurance offering with the addition of two new senior hires

23 August 2021

DWF, the global provider of integrated legal and business services, is delighted to announce the appointment of Special Counsels Anthony Forrester and Marissa Coward to its Insurance team.

Experienced Special Counsel, Anthony Forrester, has over 20 years' experience in occupational health and safety, risk management and workers compensation, product liability, public liability and compulsory third party insurance. Anthony joins DWF from Jensen McConaghy in Brisbane where he was a Special Counsel. Anthony will both complement and enhance the DWF team as an experienced lawyer with extensive experience in injury claims—including workers compensation (State and Federal jurisdictions), motor vehicle and public liability claims. Anthony has acted on behalf of numerous State and Commonwealth Government bodies, insurers, self-insureds and corporations. 

Also joining DWF is Marissa Coward who was most recently a Special Counsel at Holman Webb in Brisbane. Marissa has 13 years' experience in the defence of dust disease and personal injury claims. Marissa's unique expertise will enhance DWF's niche speciality in respiratory illness claims and dust disease litigation. In addition, Marissa is experienced in both plaintiff and defendant recovery actions and insurance litigation involving property damage, negligence and motor vehicle accidents. Throughout her career, Marissa has developed a unique expertise in a broad array of respiratory illness claims conducted across a number of jurisdictions nationally.

Commenting on the announcement, Damien van Brunschot, DWF’s Regional Managing Partner – Australasia and Head of Insurance in Australia said: "On behalf of the business, I’d like to warmly welcome Anthony and Marissa to DWF. I’m thrilled to have them join the Insurance team where their skills, unique knowledge and insights will be an excellent addition to our highly-skilled team of insurance experts. In particular, we welcome the leadership and insights that these senior lawyers will bring to our clients and to our team".

Damien further commented: "DWF's ability to attract senior practitioners of the calibre of Anthony and Marissa is testament to the strength of our growing brand in the Australian market and our collaborative and inclusive culture. Our ability to consistently provide excellent client service always aimed at achieving favourable outcomes is what allows us to continue to attract clients and top talent." 

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