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Angela in 60 seconds

Angela has extensive experience as an insurance lawyer. In addition to being a highly experienced litigator and negotiator, she routinely provides advice on policy interpretation and coverage issues, policy drafting and policy review for a wide range of corporate clients, government agencies, insureds and insurers.

She is particularly experienced in professional indemnity matters including directors and officers, insurance brokers, accountants and financial advisers, engineers, solicitors and barristers, healthcare professionals, real estate agents, project directors, valuers, conveyancers and professionals in the building industry.

She advised the insurers of former directors and officers of FAI Insurance in criminal proceedings brought by ASIC for alleged offences under the Corporations Act. This involved taking a matter to the High Court, which decision led to industry change to policy wording on the advance payment of defence costs in directors' and officers' insurance.

Angela is also experienced in reinsurance. One of her career highlights was acting in the first ever successful application under s562A(4) of the Corporations Act to cut through the contractual relationship between an insolvent insurer and its reinsurer to obtain access to reinsurance monies.

Her insurance advisory work includes identifying potential gaps in cover, suggesting changes to policy wording, liaising with insurance brokers and insurers and preparing insurance clauses for contracts.

Her experience extends to public and product liability, property, crime, environmental risk, employment practices and other specialist insurance. She is also experienced in multilayer primary and excess policy programmes.

Angela also advises on privacy issues, including the defence of investigations by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, recent changes to privacy law and preparing privacy policies and collection statements.

Angela has practised law and conducted a broad range of litigation in New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland.

Qualifications

  • BCom, LLB (Hons)

Industry associations

  • Member of Australian Insurance Law Association

Angela's Recent Experience

Asbestos Injuries Compensation Fund Limited

Acting for the Asbestos Injuries Compensation Fund (AICF) for over 7 years on a range of complex and ground-breaking insurance litigation and unlitigated claims to recover millions of dollars in insurance and reinsurance globally, in particular from the reinsurers of HIH (a major insurance company that collapsed in 2001). This included the first ever successful application under s562A(4) of the Corporations Act to cut through the contractual relationship between an insolvent insurer and reinsurer. Prepared claims for AICF in Insurer' schemes of arrangement and prepared and advised upon commutations with insurers.

Octaviar Administration

Acting for Octaviar Administration Pty Ltd (In Liquidation) and its Liquidators (OA) in professional negligence proceedings against a top 4 accounting firm.

Angela's Recent Insights

Federal Court - Insurance List for short matters

  • 06 Apr 2016

The Federal Court has established an Insurance List for short matters (the List), which commenced in Sydney on 21 March 2016.  The List is intended to provide a forum for questions of con...

High Court confirms direct right against third party's insurer

  • 04 Mar 2016

4 March 2016INTRODUCTIONThe High Court of Australia has unanimously held that third party claimants can join the insurer of an insolvent insured defendant to proceedings, to seek a declaration that...

Declarations - Taking direct action against another party's insurer

  • 17 Sep 2015

17 September 2015IntroductionRecent decisions have suggested an alternative method for liquidators, companies and individuals to pursue direct action against another party's insurer to secure p...