Derek Blackwell, NSW State Manager

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Derek Blackwell, NSW State Manager

NSW State Manager - Executive Liability Adjuster

Phone +61 (0)2 9201 8500



 September 1984 - Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute – ACII 


2017 Joined YDR Chartered Loss Adjusters

2006 to 2017 Technical Assessing (AUS )- Head of Liability

1994 to 2006 Crawford and Company (AUS) – Head of Liability New South Wales

1989 to 1994 Brocklehurst (AUS) – National Head of Liability

1984 to 1989 Prudential Insurance (UK) – Special Projects

1979 to 1984 Prudential Insurance (UK) – Claims Adjusting


Derek Blackwell has a reputation as one of the most respected and admired Liability Loss Adjusters in Australia.  His involvement has encompassed a wide range of industries and claims including many of the most well-known liability claims and incidents in Australia.  He is also called upon to adjust and resolve major and complex liability claims throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region, by local and overseas Insurers, and their legal advisors.

Derek’s experience encompasses claims in a diverse number of industries, including Construction, Food Processing, Primary Industries, Technology, Energy and Mining, Pharmaceutical, State Instrumentalities, Transport, Property owners, Banking, and a plethora of others.

Derek continues his focus on providing expertise on the investigation and quantification of Construction, Public and Product Liability and Professional Indemnity claims.

Significant Losses

  • Investigated, reported and negotiated with family of deceased child on behalf of Electricity Authority. Assisted with Coroner’s investigation and worked with Electricity Authority to assist with upgrades to substations.
  • Investigated and negotiated settlement for air conditioner manufacturer in Germany. Coordinated mega retrofit and commenced proportionate liability discussions with USA based compressor manufacturer.
  • Investigated and reported on fatality at Theme Park.
  • Investigated and assisted with mounting of defence for regional council airport for risks associated with airstrips.