I have known Laina Chan of Selbourne Chambers for more than 5 years. As partner and head of the Insurance team at Jackson McDonald lawyers and more recently as a partner of Mills Oakley I brief Laina to provide opinion work and to act in the defence of complex Professional indemnity, Directors & Officers and construction claims. I select Laina as Counsel not only because I hold her in the highest regard, for her intelligence, insight and knowledge of the Law, but also because she has gained the confidence of National and International insurers who request her engagement.
In relation to her opinion work, her advice displays sound judgement, is well reasoned and is concise. As to her defence work, Laina has the ability to identify the issue/s and is not distracted by matters that are not relevant to the determination of the claim. Her collation and analysis of the evidence ensures that the interests of the client are protected and the case is presented to the Court in its best form. Laina is unique, with respect, to other Counsel as she is always mindful of alternate resolution strategies and is highly skilled at mediations.
Importantly, Laina is value for money too. She has the expertise and skill of Senior Counsel but her charge rate is more competitive and she does not (often) require Junior Counsel. She works extremely well with the solicitor team ensuring the work is done at the appropriate level (and where the expertise resides).