Keith Bethlehem Partner

Keith Bethlehem is a partner in the insurance team. His focus is in the areas of financial institutions and directors’ and officers’ insurance, as well as professional indemnity insurance. Keith’s practice incorporates both advice to insurers on coverage issues and defending litigated claims on behalf of insured individuals and entities. Keith has worked internationally gaining extensive experience in the Lloyd’s market, with a particular specialisation in defending claims against financial institutions and investment professionals. Recently, Keith led the team that brought the leading case on the operation of section 6 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1946 (NSW), Chubb & Ors v Moore & Ors, to the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of NSW.

Keith’s experience in Australia includes defending claims against corporations and their directors and officers by aggrieved shareholders, and negligence claims against investment managers, stockbrokers and valuers. He has also acted for both insureds and insurers on policy disputes involving insurance and reinsurance agreements. Keith has authored numerous insurance-related articles, co-authored the chapter entitled "Directors’ & Officers’ Liability" in the second edition of Directors' Duties During Insolvency published by Thompson in January 2007 and has presented at various forums on insurance topics both in London and Australia.

He is listed as a leading individual in insurance in Chambers and Partners (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016), and as a recommended lawyer in insurance in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2014 and 2016 editions. Keith is listed in the 2014-15, 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of Best Lawyers in Australia in the field of insurance law. In 2015, Doyle's Guide listed Keith as a leading Sydney professional indemnity lawyer. Keith is also listed in the 2018 Insurance and Reinsurance ExpertGuides.

Keith was admitted as an attorney in South Africa in 1995 and as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1999. Keith spent six years as a foreign lawyer and solicitor at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert in London between 1997 and 2003.

Keith is a member of the Law Society of NSW and the International Bar Association.

Area of expertise
  • Law Society of NSW
  • International Bar Association