Kate has a broad practice, having experience in public and product liability, professional indemnity, fraud and policy interpretation. Kate handles many complex and varied claims for a number of high profile insurers.
Kate has a reputation for being organised, efficient and client focused. She can be relied on to provide advice which is clear and concise, which takes into account commercial, as well as legal considerations.
Kate is an active participant in the Hall & Wilcox pro-bono program, volunteering on a regular basis with Refugee Legal (RL), as well as coordinating the firm’s involvement with the RL more broadly.
- Successfully defending a claim involving a staged collision, including obtaining an order that her client’s costs be paid on an indemnity basis for the entire proceeding on the basis that the claim was fraudulent.
- Acting for a landlord in a personal injury claim in which he denied having any knowledge of the defect which caused the plaintiff’s injury. Kate was able to uncover evidence which established the managing agent was aware of the issue and failed to report it. This information enabled Kate to secure a settlement in which the managing agent agreed to bear the majority of the liability.
- Defending allegations of defamation made against a real estate agent arising out of an interview given to the ABC’s 7:30 Report.
- Acting for the plaintiff in a multi-million dollar claim involving a fire which destroyed a community centre.
- Representing professional indemnity insurers in relation to claims made against various professionals including real estate agents, architects, insurance brokers and manufacturers.
- Considerable success providing advice to, and preparing submissions for, insurers with respect to disputes before the Financial Ombudsman Service.
Thinking | 27 May 2019
It is commonly thought that where a liability insurer, of whatever type, appoints lawyers to represent an insured in a legal proceeding without an express reservation of rights, and in a way which tends to lead the insured into believing that indemnity has been granted by the insurer, that the insurer will not be entitled to subsequently refuse indemnity because of, for example, the application of an exclusion clause.