Courtney Daunt

Special Counsel

Qualifications: LLB, GDipLegalPrac

Practices

Courtney practices as an insurance and litigation lawyer. She has handled various recovery, professional indemnity, and public liability claims in Queensland. In particular, her practice focuses on personal injury and property liability claims under common law and statutory schemes.

Courtney has extensive expertise in personal injuries and regularly advises on catastrophic claims, fraudulent and complex economic loss claims. She also has strong experience advising on indemnity issues. She is regularly involved in litigation which involves acting for principal contractors, subcontractors, engineers, mining companies, builders, solicitors, security companies, sports and recreational service providers, health care practitioners, commercial cleaners, and not for profit organisations.

She has managed major complex litigation and dispute resolution in a wide range of matters for domestic and international insurers and has assisted a wide range of professionals to respond to investigations, prosecutions and inquests and to defend disciplinary

Experience

  • Advising in relation to personal injury claims, including providing advice, interviewing witnesses, negotiating settlements, drafting pleadings, and preparing for and instructing counsel at trial.
  • Reviewing and interpreting indemnity clauses and advising on indemnity issues, including in relation to public liability and professional indemnity policies.
  • Advising in relation to litigation involving property damage disputes, including damage caused by fire, water ingress and faulty products.
  • Advising on and managing a number of claims involving the interplay of contract works, professional indemnity and general liability policies.
  • Acting and advising in relation to subrogated recovery claims against multiple parties, including advice on issues such as apportionment of liability and recovery prospects.
  • Acting and advising in relation to a recovery claim concerning false representations made by an insured with the intention of facilitating a fraudulent insurance claim.
  • Instructing Counsel in contested applications involving procedural matters under the UCPR.
  • Acting for large insurers in compulsory third party claims and major claims.
  • Acting for a major allied health association and its members and their insurer in respect of professional negligence claims and disciplinary proceedings.
  • Defending claims against solicitors for failing to provide sufficient advice, and for failing to preserve the limitation period.
  • Acting for pharmacists, physiotherapists and other allied health professionals and their insurer in professional indemnity claims and disciplinary proceedings.
  • Acting for engineers and their insurer in respect of professional negligence claims.
  • Advising insurers in relation to fraudulent claims and conducting investigations.

Awards and recognition

Best Lawyers in Australia 2023-2025
Recognised – Insurance Law ('Ones to Watch'), Product Liability Litigation ('Ones to Watch')

Professional Membership

  • Vice President, Young Insurance Professionals