Holly Turner

Special Counsel

Qualifications: JD, BA

Industries

Practices

Holly is an experienced litigation lawyer and insurance specialist.

She has particular expertise in defending personal injury claims and Work Health and Safety prosecutions on behalf of insureds/insurers and acting for interested parties in Coronial inquiries. Her main clients are sporting organisations, recreational activity providers, volunteer community groups and building/construction companies. Most of her work centres around terrible accidents, and as such, Holly approaches clients with empathy and delivers careful and considerate advice.

That said, Holly’s practice is broad. She has achieved good results for clients in consumer law disputes (including class actions), defamation proceedings and discrimination complaints.

Holly is a confident and capable advocate. She has appeared in countless listings in the Supreme Courts of NSW, ACT, Victoria and Northern Territory, as well as listings in the Federal Court, NCAT and VCAT.

Finally, Holly understands insurance and the broader industry sector in which she operates. Her depth of knowledge has been greatly assisted by three secondments to a general insurance Specialist Claims Manager and a secondment to an Australian Coverholder (specialising in sport risks).

Experience

  • acted for an interested party in the Coronial inquest into a death at a Northern Territory desert race;
  • acted for construction and scaffolding companies in Work Health and Safety prosecutions and related civil proceedings relating to serious injuries suffered by workers on site;
  • acted for insureds in a range of Work Health and Safety investigations;
  • acted for a sporting association defending a claim for equitable relief arising from a membership dispute;
  • acted for event organsiers in a Representative Proceeding brought by injured spectators involving alleged breaches of the Australian Consumer Law;
  • acted for a community care provider in two successful strike out applications;
  • acted for an interested party in the Coronial inquest into the deaths of young riders at NSW equestrian competitions;
  • acted for a witness in a NSW parliamentary inquiry into the granting of a contract by the Office of Sport;
  • acted for a sporting organisation in a negligence claim brought by a catastrophically injured competitor; and
  • assisted with the Lead Plaintiff’s evidence preparation in the Sydney Light Rail class action.

Awards and recognition

Best Lawyers in Australia 2023-2025
Recognised – Personal Injury Litigation ('Ones to Watch')

Professional Membership

  • Women Lawyers Association NSW
  • Young Insurance Professionals network
  • NSW Claims Discussion Group

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