Areas of Expertise

Katherine has 20 years’ experience working in the areas of professional indemnity, public liability, medical negligence, healthcare liabilities and public inquiries.  

Katherine has a deep understanding of the personal and professional issues that arise for professionals facing a claim, complaint, investigation, public inquiry or disciplinary action. She is regarded for the compassion and empathy she brings when working with her clients, while still providing clear, concise and frank legal advice.

Katherine is known for her ability to quickly get to the crux of the issues. She then develops and implements early strategies to ensure best possible outcomes for her clients.

Katherine assesses risk, drives results and provides pre-litigation advice to minimise the escalation of disputes and to navigate her clients through difficult legal and often emotional landscapes. She provides strategic advice to clients in complex, significant and highly contentious matters.

Over the years, Katherine has acted in a wide range of litigated and unlitigated professional negligence and public liability claims and has represented clients in Royal Commissions and Coronial Inquiries. Katherine regularly represents barristers and allied health professionals in complaints, investigations and disciplinary actions, including complaints to the Legal Services Commissioner, the HCCC and AHPRA.

In 2016 and 2017 Katherine was named as a Lawyers Weekly Awards finalist for Insurance Partner of the Year.

 

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) (Griffith University)

  • Bachelor of Law with Honours (Australian National University)

  • Association for Women in Insurance

  • Australian Insurance Law Association

  • Australian Professional Indemnity Group

  • NSW Claims Discussion Group

  • NSW Law Society

 

What Katherine's clients say

“Katherine’s professional expertise, experience and advice has been of the highest calibre. She has given me excellent advice and direction. I am in trusted hands” – Barrister represented by Katherine in an investigation into a complaint to the Legal Services Commissioner.

 

A word from Katherine

I strive to achieve best outcomes for my clients that are aligned with my clients’ own goals. I aim to always provide high quality legal advice in plain English so that my clients have the knowledge and understanding to enable them to remain in control of their matter and work with me as a team.  

 

Career highlights

  • Successfully resolving a wide range of professional negligence claims on commercial or walk away terms on a confidential basis. This has allowed my clients to achieve a favourable commercial outcome whilst at the same time, preserving their professional reputation by avoiding public litigation.

  • Successfully defending a number of large and complex personal injury liability claims in the Supreme Court, including Hanna v Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (NSW) [2010] NSWSC 293 and Turjman v Stonewall Hotel Pty Ltd [2011] NSWCA 392. Turjman v Stonewall Hotel Pty Ltd involved 9 plaintiffs at first instance in the Supreme Court and 4 appellants in the Court of Appeal and is a significant decision on causation for negligence claims. By running one of the 9 claims as a ‘test case’ on liability and obtaining an order in advance that the liability decision in the test case would be binding on the remaining 8 plaintiffs, my client was able to avoid the significant costs that otherwise would have been incurred across 9 proceedings.

  • Successfully avoiding suspension and/or formal disciplinary proceedings for a number of allied health professionals and barristers being investigated for alleged unsatisfactory professional conduct or professional misconduct.

  • Representing a solicitor in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse in circumstances where there was significant criticism of his professional conduct over several years and recommendations to the Commission that he be referred to the Legal Services Commissioner for disciplinary action. I successfully helped navigate him through the very difficult process of being scrutinized in a public inquiry and we were able to change the views of the Commission. As a result, the Commission refused Counsel Assisting’s recommendation that my client be referred for disciplinary action and the Commission’s report did not contain any significant criticism of my client.

  • Representing an aeromedical service provider in a Coronial Inquest involving significant issues for my client. By working closely with my client, we were able to implement a clear and precise remedial strategy as a result of which the client avoided negative criticism, referrals or recommendations being made against them in the Coroner’s findings. Instead, the Coroner commended my client for their remedial approach.

  • Successfully liaising with a Coroner during the investigation into the death of an aged care resident so that the Coroner issued his findings “on the papers”. This avoided my client, an aged care services provider, coming under public scrutiny in a formal inquest thereby preserving their reputation. It also meant my client was able to avoid the significant costs usually associated with a formal inquest.

Specific areas of focus

  • Professional negligence claims

  • Personal injury and property damage liability claims

  • Medical negligence and healthcare liabilities

  • Aged care complaints and inquiries

  • Professional conduct complaints and investigations

  • Insurance coverage advice – Professional indemnity, D&O and public liability