Follow

Chris Rimmer

Partner

About Chris

Chris is an experienced insurance law practitioner with expertise in public and product liability, professional indemnity, workers' compensation and common law compensation, and motor vehicle and personal injury claims.

What he does

Chris provides advice on the management of public liability, professional indemnity, property, workers' compensation and motor vehicle personal injury claims. He regularly appears as counsel in the District Court, the Court of Appeal and the Conciliation and Arbitration Service.

Chris acts for a number of clients with significant retained deductibles on their liability policies and represents a number of London market syndicates in liability and property claims.

Who he works with

Chris works on liability, professional indemnity and property claims for Australian insurers and London-based syndicates and underwriters and motor vehicle personal injury claims for the Insurance Commission of Western Australia. Chris advises and acts on workers' compensation claims for a number of private insurers and their insureds in Western Australia.

He also provides advice to the local insurance broking market on their clients' indemnity and insurance obligations in contracts and the extent to which the insurance program in place complies with the contractual obligations.

Work done recently
What his clients say

Listed: Best Lawyers in Australia (Insurance Law) - 2019

Listed: Recommended Leading Public & Product Liability Lawyer (Defendant) WA - Doyle's Guide 2017

Listed: Leading Compulsory Third Party Insurance Lawyer (Defendant) WA - Doyle's Guide 2017

Listed: Preeminent Public Liability Lawyer (Defendant) - Doyle's Guide 2016

Listed: Preeminent Compulsory Third Party Insurance Lawyer (Defendant) - Doyle's Guide 2016

Listed: Leading Workers Compensation Lawyer (Defendant) - Doyle's Guide 2016

Qualifications

Chris has a law degree from the University of Western Australia. He is also a member of the Australian Insurance Law Association.

Life before Sparkes

Chris started his legal career as an article clerk with Jackson McDonald in 1995 and was admitted to their partnership in 2002. In 2003, Chris became a founding partner of Jarman McKenna—a boutique insurance law firm that merged with Sparke Helmore in March 2017.

Life outside of Sparkes

Chris is a keen cyclist and recently completed his fourth consecutive Hawaiian Ride for Youth from Albany to Perth (700 km), on this occasion riding through the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia and stopping at various schools along the way to talk to students about mental health. The ride raises money for Youth Focus, an independent West Australian not-for-profit organisation working to stop youth suicide and helping young people aged 12 to 25 overcome issues associated with depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.   

Off the bike, Chris enjoys spending time with his family, passionately following his beloved Fremantle Dockers and offsetting some of the kilometres ridden on his bike with some quality red wine.