Ahranee Vijayaseelan

Partner

Qualifications: LLB, BBus

Industries

Practices

Ahranee is a specialist insurance lawyer with particular expertise in public and product liability claims (personal injury and property damage), disability claims, dust diseases claims and policy response.

Ahranee has extensive experience defending personal injury claims for a diverse range of businesses, including hoteliers/clubs, security guards, building contractors, recreational facilities, sporting clubs, property owners, managing agents and commercial cleaners.

Ahranee also acts for underwriters of accident and health policies, with a focus on disputed disability, TPD, trauma and death claims.

Ahranee is highly regarded by clients for her service excellence, technical advice and commercial approach to reducing claims, risk and costs. She is a trusted lawyer who is easy to work with, responsive and committed to providing a high-quality legal service.

Ahranee is a former President of The NSW Association for Women in Insurance.

She is a recommended public and product liability lawyer in NSW in Doyles’ Guide to the Australian Legal Profession and is also listed in The Best Lawyers in Australia in Insurance Law every year since 2020.

Experience

  • Advising insurers on policy interpretation, coverage disputes, dual insurance claims and recovery.
  • Acting for a gymnasium in relation to a personal injury claim arising from the claimant’s use of an exercise machine that rendered the claimant a paraplegic.
  • Advising the owner of a local swimming pool in relation to a fatal diving accident.
  • Advising a martial arts training school regarding the death of a student who collapsed immediately after sparring activities conducted during a training session.
  • Acting for a formwork services contractor regarding a subcontracted worker who fell from a scaffold resulting in his thigh being impaled on a piece of reinforcing steel.
  • Major construction claims acting for head contractors and subcontractors where labour hire personnel have sustained significant injuries.
  • Defending section 151Z recovery claims.
  • Expertise acting for security contractors regarding allegations of intentional tort arising from assaults, battery and false imprisonment.
  • Acting for hoteliers, licensed venues and occupiers generally in relation to a wide range of personal injury claims arising out of slips / trips and assaults by patrons and security personnel.
  • Managing claims on behalf of cleaning contractors and centre managers/owners of large retail and commercial premises.
  • Defending contentious TPD and TTD claims including:
    • advising on policy response and causation issues, including pre-existing conditions and the application of section 47 of the Insurance Contracts Act 1984;
    • advising on non-disclosure and misrepresentation issues (innocent and fraudulent);
    • defending claims where the plaintiff alleges that the insurer’s opinion was unreasonable; and
    • providing general policy interpretation advice.
  • Experience acting in asbestos-related personal injury / dust diseases claims.
  • Acting in claims arising in various jurisdictions, including New South Wales, Queensland, the ACT, Western Australia, the Northern Territory, and South Australia.

Awards and recognition

Best Lawyers in Australia 2020-2023
Recognised – Insurance Law
Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2020
Leading Public & Product Liability Lawyers – Defendant (New South Wales)

Professional Membership

  • The Association for Women in Insurance
  • Australian Insurance Lawyers Association
  • Women Lawyers Association of New South Wales
  • Young Insurance Professionals (YIPS) NSW

Latest thinking

Insurance | 14 Oct 2021

Subrogated recoveries – think twice before agreeing a global settlement!

The Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia has handed down its decision following the appeal of Technology Swiss Pty Ltd v AAI Limited t/as Vero Insurance.