Enforcing Insurance Policies
We all buy insurance to protect ourselves against risks, but insurance companies often deny legitimate claims.
Enforcing insurance policies, against insurance companies, is the focus of Neo Tuytel’s practice. Neo has a national reputation as an authority on insurance coverage. He has been the General Editor of the Canadian Journal of Insurance Law for many years, and in 2018 was recognized as the BC bar association’s Insurance Lawyer of The Year.
Over the past 10 years, Neo has helped recover more than $50 million from insurance underwriters and negligent brokers. He acted or advised on claims involving:
- Canada's leading case on insurance coverage for construction defect liability (Progressive Homes v. Lombard General Insurance, 2010 SCC 33)
- construction defects in the billion dollar expansion of a potash mine in Saskatchewan
- a small trucking company sued in BC's largest ever infant brain injury case.
- a professional athlete sued for assault in the United States (Co-operators General Insurance Company v Kane, 2017 BCSC 1720)
- a financial institution sued over BC’s notorious Samji Ponzi scheme;
- fire losses to several principal residences and seasonal dwellings, including Canada's first more than four-storey wood frame condominium; and
- a municipality and police force sued for wrongful imprisonment of a serial criminal;
Lawyers often call Neo for advice or assistance on obtaining insurance coverage for their clients. We welcome all such enquiries, and respect existing solicitor-client relationships. When our coverage work is done, we return the client to the law firm to continue their work on the underlying claim.