Chern Tan

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Sydney, Australia
    Local Time: Friday 10:47

Practice Expertise

  • Insurance
  • Corporate
  • Litigation and disputes
  • Finance

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate
  • Finance
  • Insurance
  • Litigation and disputes


I have acted for several of Australia’s major insurance companies and their clients in securities class actions, bushfire class actions, shareholder disputes, breach of warranty claims arising out of merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions, and claims against financial advisers and construction professionals.

Currently, I am editor-in-chief of MinterEllison’s Insurance Contracts Act Handbook, now in its ninth edition. I enjoy this work, as it feeds my passion for insurance law and the insurance industry. I also enjoy training my clients on insurance law and policy issues.

Career highlights

  • Ingot Capital Investments v Macquarie Equity Capital Markets – defended an actuarial firm against allegations of misleading or deceptive conduct
  • Prepaid Services v Atradius Credit Insurance – acted for the insured in a claim under a trade credit policy requiring interpretation of the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth)
  • Fincorp Group – represented a director in Australian Securities and Investments Commission proceedings for an alleged breach of directors’ duties
  • Forge Group – acting for a director in a Federal Court securities class action following the company’s liquidation
  • 2014 Parkerville bushfires in Perth – representing defendant landowner in class actions brought by neighbours
  • Defended claims against the head contractor in relation to a significant building in the Sydney suburb of Pyrmont
  • Acting for major financial institutions in matters arising from investor advice on superannuation, personal insurance, managed funds and gearing
  • Advising insurers on warranty and indemnity policies obtained to protect buyers and sellers in M&A transactions, including managing claims under those policies


Areas of Practice

  • Corporate
  • Finance
  • Insurance
  • Litigation and disputes

Professional Career

Professional Associations
  • Australian Insurance Law Association, Member
  • Australian Professional Indemnity Group, Member


  • Bushfire class actions: implications for electricity operators

    A recent decision by the Court of Appeal in Western Australia has significant implications for electricity operators in relation to potential bushfire actions.

  • Are schools liable for the risk of harm in sporting activities?

    We discuss a recent decision in the NSW Supreme Court and what this means for the liability of schools in relation to sporting activities.

  • Justice Beazley AO helps launch MinterEllison's Insurance Contracts Act Handbook

    MinterEllison has released the tenth edition of its market-ing Insurance Contracts Act Handbook - a reliable and trusted reference in the insurance sector for 26 years.

  • Insurance Contracts Act handbook

    With our Handbook, we aim to give you the tools you need to navigate and simplify a complicated legislative landscape, enabling you to fast track your work and you to successful outcomes.

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