Catherine in 60 seconds
Catherine is an insurance law specialist. Her expertise covers all aspects of life insurance, including claims (including TPD, Income Protection, personal accident and sickness, and group life policies), PDS reviews, and disputes.
Catherine's insurance law expertise covers all aspects of life insurance, including claims (including TPD, Income Protection, personal accident and sickness, and group life policies), PDS reviews, and disputes.
Her clients include Westpac Life Insurance Services Limited, Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society Limited, TAL Life Limited, MLC Ltd, OnePath, Challenger Life Company Ltd as well as superannuation trustees.
Catherine acted on behalf of the trustee in the July 2011 NSW Court of Appeal decision of Manglicmot v CBOSC. This case considered whether a person who can only work part time is TPD as well as the duties imposed on trustees by s. 52 Superannuation Industries (Supervision) Act.
Catherine advises life insurers on non-disclosure and misrepresentation issues, as well as policy coverage. She has defended claims for insurers in NSW, Victoria, the ACT and Adelaide, including in the NSW Court of Appeal. Catherine has provided extensive advice regarding the impact of the 2014 changes to the Insurance Contracts Act and the implications for policy wordings. She also drafts submissions on behalf of insurers to FOS.
Catherine has a high rate of success in resolving matters using ADR techniques, including mediation.