Catherine is an experienced insurance litigator who advises across a range of insurance and commercial disputes with a focus on professional indemnity and public liability. Since 2003 she has acted for insurers and their insureds in litigated proceedings commenced in the Local, District, Supreme, Federal and Appellate Courts.
Catherine has acted in the successful defence of proceedings commenced against solicitors, real estate agents and accountants. Catherine also assisted in successful High Court proceedings for a trustee in bankruptcy involving the interpretation of sections 58, 74P and 116 of the Bankruptcy Act and assisted the trustee, the respondent to the appeal, to successfully challenge every ground of appeal.
Catherine has acted for solicitors, barristers, financial planners, accountants and financial institutions in the defence of professional indemnity claims against them and retailers, occupiers, real estate agents, host employers and child-care centres in the defence of personal injury / public liability claims against them.
Catherine regularly advises clients on claims made under the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW); claims involving alleged breaches of the Australian Consumer Law and the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth); defending allegations of negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and unconscionable conduct and claims for relief under the Contracts Review Act 1980 (NSW). Catherine also has experience acting for corporations and individuals in defending statutory prosecutions under the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 (Cth) and dust diseases litigation.
Catherine swiftly identifies opportunities for early resolution in cases warranting settlement but will robustly defend unmeritorious claims. Clients say they value her good humour, politeness, and common sense.
Catherine is a member of the NSW Claims Discussion Group, the Australasian Professional Indemnity Group, Women In insurance and enjoys contributing regularly to the firm’s Limelight publication.
Articles and Presentations
Recreational activities, obvious risks and adequacy of risk warnings in personal injury claims: Bowman v Nambucca Shire Council (2020) 16(6) CL 78
Battery and consent in the case of a medical procedure: Tinnock v Murrumbidgee Local health District (No 6) (2017) 14(6) CL 88