Sauming Chan

Partner

Qualifications: LLB, Grad Dip Arts, BA

Industries

Practices

Sauming is an insurance litigation specialist and advises insurers and government departments and entities in defence of personal injury and property damage claims.

Sauming acts in many complex, sensitive and high profile matters for both her insurance and government clients, including catastrophic personal injury claims and coronial inquests. She is highly regarded for her forensic analysis and outcome driven strategies.

With an ingrained understanding of the strategic imperatives of her clients, Sauming has consistently assisted them to deliver on these objectives with her specialist knowledge of the issues unique to them, including funding and resourcing constraints. Through this, Sauming has become a preferred and trusted legal services adviser to insurer and government clients.

Experience

  • Acting in all manner of claims involving personal injury arising in various industries and contexts including the multi-defendants disputes in the construction industry to claims in medical negligence.
  • Acting in dependency and nervous shock claims often involving a workplace death, and assisting organisations and insurers to navigate OHS prosecutions.
  • Acting in personal injury claims arising from transport accidents involving interstate vehicles and assisting insurers to navigate understanding the intricacies with the statutory scheme and cross-jurisdictional issues.
  • Defending claims in false imprisonment, assault and battery, malicious prosecution, and misfeanace in public office, including acting for the State of Victoria in Biddle v State of Victoria [2015] VSC 275.
  • Acted in a multi-plaintiff action (more than 30 plaintiffs) in defence of allegations of nuisance due to increased noise levels, and negligence causing property damage resulting from vibrations and dust caused in the construction and use of a new road.
  • Representing organisations in coronial inquests into deaths.
  • Acting and advising government entities in disputes relating to breaches of privacy, freedom of information and protected disclosures legislation.
  • Acting and advising organisations in disputes involving compliance with anti-discrimination legislation and Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights.
  • Acting in claims arising out of sex and physical abuse and bullying, including historical sexual abuse claims.
  • Acting for principal and contractors in a claim under the Water Act 1989 involving property damage of farm land caused by flooding due to road works following a significant 1 in 100 flood event.

Professional Membership

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • The Association for Women in Insurance

Latest thinking

Insurance | 14 Oct 2021

Subrogated recoveries – think twice before agreeing a global settlement!

The Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia has handed down its decision following the appeal of Technology Swiss Pty Ltd v AAI Limited t/as Vero Insurance.