‘Stand out’ Rachael Arnold is recommended for public and product liability claims” – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017

Rachael is a well-rounded and experienced insurance lawyer.

Rachael advises insurers and corporates in the defence of public and product liability claims (both personal injury and property damage), professional indemnity claims and on policy advice.

Rachael advises a range of industry groups including hospitality, leisure, retail, cleaning, security, commercial and residential property management, property owners, day care centres, churches, schools, allied health, and construction.

Rachael is highly regarded for her technical advice and commercial approach to reducing claims, risk and costs.  Rachael is always accessible and focuses on the client’s needs.

Rachael is a Board Director of the Australian Womensport & Recreation Association, Secretary of the Bondi Running and Triathlon Club, a member of Women in Insurance and the Women Lawyers Association of NSW.

She is a recommended public liability lawyer in NSW in Doyles’ Guide to the Australian Legal Profession.

Personal injury – public, product and professional risk related

  • Acting for a head contractor in six separate sets of proceedings in the Supreme Court, arising from an industrial accident that caused the death of one man and injured five others (including crush injuries, spinal injuries, scarring and amputations). There were associated compensation to relatives and nervous shock claims, 151Z recovery actions and a WorkCover prosecution.
  • Acting in defence of intentional tort claims for assault and battery resulting in brain damage, multiple bone injuries and severe psychological injury.
  • Acting for a gymnasium which was sued by a plaintiff who was rendered paraplegic after using a barbell that formed part of a weight machine. The injuries included severe psychological injury, neurological, urological and rectal deficit and loss of sexual function. The Supreme Court proceedings resolved at mediation, avoiding a costly and lengthy trial.
  • Acting for day care centres, leisure and recreation facilities, schools and churches relating to, in particular, injuries to children including burns and scarring and psychological injuries.
  • Providing advice and guidance to schools, day care centres and churches on sensitive issues including risk management, media and community responses.

Professional indemnity

  • Acting for allied health professionals and real estate agents in defence of personal injury claims.
  • Advising and acting for church employees and teachers in defamation claims and allegations of misconduct. This includes dealing with publication issues and media attention. 

Property / Product claims and recoveries

  • Acting for large corporates and their insurers in defence of product liability, personal injury and property damage litigated claims, including recovery against domestic and foreign manufacturers.