Angie Gimisis

Partner

Qualifications: LLB, BEc

Practices

For over 15 years Angie has worked in insurance litigation, having acted for QBE, IAG, Allianz, RAC, Zurich, Chubb, Youi, Progressive Insurance, Calliden Insurance and National Transport Insurance.

After completing her articles training program, Angie worked exclusively in insurance recovery litigation.  During that time, she refined her skills by focusing on strategy and providing insight to her clients by taking a whole of portfolio lens to her matters.  Her strengths are in identifying the best way to achieve the desired outcome on a file and advise on how the file will play out in a broader context.

Over the many years Angie has practiced in recoveries, she has developed a depth of knowledge in negligence, bailment, Australian Consumer Law and contractual claims.  She has managed litigation in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia and understands advocacy and the rules of evidence.

Angie has a keen interest in advocacy and trial work, having appeared as trial counsel for over 50 trials in the Magistrates Court of Western Australia, ranging from a wide variety of matters.  The cases she has run in the Magistrates Court vary from claims of fraud, allegations of faulty workmanship and breach of the Australian Consumer Law provisions contained in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and property damage arising from motor vehicle collisions.

Angie thrives in working in a high-volume environment and enjoys working on property damage claims caused by fire, water or heavy machinery.  Having managed a high volume of both defended and recovery files, she has a proven record in being able to manage litigation to trial in the Magistrates Court, District Court and Supreme Court of Western Australia. Angie is a tenacious advocate for her clients and approaches her cases with a tireless work ethic and unyielding commitment to achieving the best possible outcomes.

Angie prides herself on being able to provide practical and common-sense advice.  To her, recoveries is her passion - certainly as much as her love of Muay Thai and fitness instructing.

Experience

  • Defending a claim in the Supreme Court of WA for a diesel spill from a tanker colliion in remotte North-West Western Australia, which included subrogated recovery and professional liability claim.
  • Defending and claiming against tow truck companies for unreasonable storage fees charged.
  • Coverage and fraud advice in relation to major loss property claims.
  • Acting as counsel in motor vehicle recovery claims, claims of fraud and bailment where liability and quantum are in dispute, leading evidence from lay and expert witnesses.
  • Assisting counsel in respect of recovery proceedings issued out of the Supreme Court of Western Australia resulting from fire damage.
  • Appearing as counsel and managing claims in the Local Court of New South Wales.
  • Appearing as counsel and managing claims in the Magistrates Court of South Australia.
  • Defending and pursuing recovery of credit hire claims and appeals from the Local Court of New South Wales.
  • Being involved in litigation against large manufacturers and suppliers seeking damages resulting from faulty workmanship and safety defects in product liability claims.
  • Providing advice in respect of Residential Tenancy claims and appearing on behalf of insurers in circumstances where legal proceedings have been issued against the insured.
  • Assisting clients in recovery actions arising from a breach of commercial lease agreement.
  • Supporting senior partners in large bushfire litigation.
  • Appearing as counsel at trial in a recovery action in bailment arising from an incident concerning a 1968 Chevrolet Camero.
  • Investigating and advising insurers in large fire claims arising from negligence in large commercial premises and private property fires.

Professional Membership

  • Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Councillor, Law Society of Western Australia

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