Catherine Freeman

Special Counsel

Qualifications: LLB, BSc (Forensic), DipLegalPrac



Catherine's expertise include compulsory third party (CTP) and public liability claims, including major claims, section 151z recovery matters and defendant insurance litigation.

Catherine works mostly with NSW CTP insurers.

Before joining Hall & Wilcox, Catherine spent four years working as a plaintiff personal injury lawyer in Newcastle. She ran matters for clients involving CTP claims, public liability claims (including defence matters for uninsured defendants), workers compensation matters and medical negligence claims.

She has experience appearing before the District and Supreme Courts of New South Wales, the Personal Injury Commission and the Claims Assessment and Resolution Service (CARS). She has also been successful in a number of appeals filed with the New South Wales Court of Appeal.

Prior to her plaintiff experience, Catherine spent four years working in a national law firm representing large insurers in compulsory third party claims and major claims.


  • Acting for CTP insurer’s in matters involving complex liability issues including relating to alleged phantom passengers, joint illegal enterprise arguments and complex contributory negligence arguments regarding intoxication.
  • Acting for CTP insurers in cases involving complex medical issues including significant spinal and brain injuries and serious alleged psychological injuries, and dealing with issues including causation and extensive investigations into quantum (including multiple applications to the Medical Assessment Service).
  • Catherine has recently acted on behalf of CTP Insurers in the following notable matters:
    • Insurance Australia Limited t/as NRMA Insurance v Taylor [2017] NSWSC 507
    • Nominal Defendant v Cordin [2017] NSWCA 6
    • Nguyen v Tran [2018] NSWCA 215

Professional Membership

  • Newcastle Law Society

Latest thinking

Statutory Insurance | 18 Mar 2022

False or Misleading Exemption - Decision to deny discretionary exemption set aside (Clone)

The first defendant alleged he sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident on 24 April 2013 including a back injury.