Hannah Peddie

Special Counsel

Qualifications: LLB (Hons), BBus

Industries

Practices

Hannah practices in general insurance litigation with a particular focus on claims and risk. Her work concentrates on liability in Queensland both at common law and pursuant to Queensland legislation, common law property and economic loss claims.

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.
  • Appearing at Court application hearings, mediations and settlement conferences.
  • Advising in relation to subrogated recovery claims against multiple parties, including on issues such as apportionment of liability and recovery prospects.
  • Defending the interests of an insured client at a coronial inquest, including preparing witness statements, conduction pre-inquest witness interviews and instructing counsel.
  • Successfully defending matters to trial in the Brisbane District Court, Queensland Court of Appeal and a special leave application in the High Court.
  • Reviewing and interpreting indemnity clauses and advising on indemnity issues, including in relation to public liability and professional indemnity policies.
  • Acting in multi-party claims requiring analysis of company structures and relationships between entities, and acting in catastrophic claims involving complex quantum assessments and calculations.
  • Acting in professional negligence claims.
  • Advising insurers in relation to fraudulent claims and conducting financial investigations.

Latest thinking

Insurance | 24 May 2022

Sydney Skydivers’ rough landing – key defence evidence excluded by deficient PIPA disclosure

There have been several disputes before the courts over the scope and interpretation of the narrower PIPA disclosure obligations. The recent decision in Eyles v Sydney Skydivers Pty Ltd shows the consequences of getting this wrong can be serious.