Patrick Monahan Partner

Patrick Monahan leads the insurance team.

Patrick is regarded as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in the area of professional indemnity insurance and directors' and officers' liability insurance, representing company directors, solicitors, barristers, accountants, auditors, insurance brokers, stockbrokers, estate agents and other professionals, as well as their insurers. He also acts regularly for banks and financial institutions on the instructions of their insurers.

Patrick's expertise includes dispute resolution and litigation, in particular involving financial services, professional negligence, insurance litigation, commercial litigation and defamation. He acts for financial institutions, insurers and underwriters at Lloyd’s and internationally.

Patrick also acts as counsel assisting various professional boards in conducting disciplinary hearings. He frequently speaks at conferences on insurance and reinsurance topics throughout Australia and has been published in many professional journals.

Patrick is listed in a number of legal directories. Patrick is named the Best Lawyers in Australia 2018 Insurance "Lawyer of the Year" in Melbourne. Patrick is also listed in the 2013, 2014-15, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Best Lawyers in Australia in the area of insurance law, as well as for alternative dispute resolution in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. 

Chambers and Partners lists him as a leading insurance lawyer recognising him as one of the best in his jurisdiction (2013 - 2017 and 2019). In 2014 and 2016 he was listed in Who's Who Legal for insurance and reinsurance. Patrick was listed as a leading individual in insurance in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions of the Legal 500 Asia Pacific. In 2015, 2017 and 2018, Doyle's Guide listed Patrick as a pre-eminent Melbourne professional indemnity lawyer.  Patrick is also listed in the 2018 Insurance and Reinsurance ExpertGuides.

Patrick was admitted to practice in South Africa in 1978 and in Victoria in 1987.

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Australian Professional Indemnity Group
  • Australian Insurance Law Association