Jane-Elise is an experienced insurance lawyer whose practise focuses on general liability. Her clients include international insurers and large self-insured corporations.
Jane-Elise’s experience in the insurance industry is diverse, and includes defending personal injury claims, property damage claims, dual insurance claims, class actions and s151Z recovery claims. She also has experience in providing advice on complicated coverage disputes. Jane‑Elise focuses on commercial resolutions for her clients and always ensures that she achieves results which align the interests of the insurer, the insured (where possible) and the court.
Having been seconded on two occasions to an international insurer, Jane-Elise understands the internal demands of her clients and ensures these are being met, whilst obtaining the best result in any general liability litigation.
Jane-Elise has acted on behalf of contractors in the construction industry, sporting clubs, commercial cleaners, security guards, owners and managing agents of commercial premises, licensed clubs, and hoteliers.
Jane-Elise also invests her time in pro-bono work, with a particular passion for assisting refugees in Nauru and Manus Island. She is also a volunteer at the Australian Centre for Disability Law Clinic, which is a specialised community legal centre that assists people with disability in disability discrimination matters.
Jane-Elise is a member of the Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA) and Women in Insurance. In 2017, she was a New South Wales/South Australia grand finalist in AILA’s annual Ron Shorter Memorial Award, and in 2018 she was a finalist in Lawyers Weekly’s 30 Under 30 Insurance category.
- Successfully defending large scale, multiple defendant/multiple plaintiff construction personal injury claims (including defending claims relating to a bridge collapse) and obtaining commercial results for her clients.
- Assisting in the defence of class action matters.
- Acting on behalf of head contractors, host employers, and subcontractors in relation to an array of serious workplace incidents involving labour hire personnel.
- Managing claims on behalf of cleaning contractors and centre managers for large retail and commercial premises.
- Acting on behalf of licensed premises in relation to assault claims, including ‘king-hit’ claims and ‘glassing claims’.
- Assessing and reviewing TPD claims and assisting in drafting denial letters on behalf of an international insurer.
- Successfully extracting her uninsured client from Supreme Court proceedings at an early stage in a million dollar personal injury claim (see Candy v GIO General Limited  NSWSC 810).
- Defending personal injury actions on behalf of a large fast-food corporation.