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Louise in 60 seconds

Louise has specialised in liability litigation and insurance advice since 1996, combining technical excellence with a commercial approach to deliver client focused outcomes. She is highly regarded by her insurer and insured clients (including government agencies, corporates and self-insureds) across a wide range of claims litigation and technical insurance advice.

Louise is highly regarded for both her insurance advisory work with insurer, government and corporate clients, and her claims expertise in the areas of professional negligence (including medical, financial services and construction) and directors & officers.

Louise manages civil matters and appears at Coronials across a wide range of professional negligence and directors and officers claims, including catastrophic injury, multi-party, complex commercial, and high profile claims.

Louise's advisory practice focuses on policy interpretation and multi-contract transactional advice. She advises on policy interpretation and coverage, including multilayer programmes and re-insurance issues. Her insurer clients seek her out for policy wording reviews.

Louise's clients include NSW Ministry of Health, Transport for NSW, W.R. Berkley Insurance Australia, Allied World Assurance Company, Macquarie Bank, Insurance Council of Australia, Sydney Water Corporation, Westfield, PPB Advisory and McGrathNicol.

One of her career highlights was advising Transport for NSW on insurance issues arising from the 'fixing the trains' project, which was one of the most significant  corporate and operational restructures in Australia. This included transactional advice and drafting as well as policy analysis and negotiation.

Qualifications

  • BEc, LLB

Independent Recognition

  • Recommended Lawyer in Insurance in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2017, 2016 and 2015
  • Listed as a Leading Medical Negligence Lawyers (Defendant) – Sydney in Doyles Guide, 2015
  • Listed as an expert in Insurance Law since 2014 and in Medical Negligence and Professional Malpractice Litigation in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers

Industry associations

  • Committee member of the NSW Law Society's Medico-Legal Liaison Committee
  • Member of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF)
  • Member of the Australian Insurance Lawyers Association
  • Member of the New South Wales Claims Discussion Group
  • Member of the Reinsurance Discussion Group
  • Member of the Commercial Law Association
  • Member of the Women Lawyers' Association and Financial Services Accountants Association

Louise's Recent Experience

Insurance Broker

Defending a professional negligence claim in multi-million dollar Supreme Court proceedings against an insurance broker for alleged failure to obtain appropriate professional indemnity insurance for a building certifier. The proceedings arose out of a failed development on the Central Coast, run on a tight budget with each of the parties bankrupt, without valid insurance or limited insurance. We have developed a strategy to separate the claim against our client from the main proceedings, leaving the uninsured parties to fund the main proceedings to encourage an earlier and lower settlement.

International Construction and Retail Company

Advised this Australian-based company on the annual renewal of its multi-million dollar international insurance program, including construction, property, public liability and industrial special risks. The review was undertaken at the time of a major corporate restructure and we saved our client money and reduced risk by reviewing coverage and highlighting potential gaps, liaising with the client regarding their commercial levels of acceptable risk, and assisting in the negotiations with the insurer on policy terms, including drafting alternative wording where appropriate.

International Construction company

Advising on significant class actions alleging breach of continuous disclosure requirements for an international construction company.

NSW Health

Defending clinical negligence claims, and attending Coronials on behalf of hospitals, doctors, and allied health practitioners, including catastrophic injury, multi-party and high profile claims.

Various clients

Advising on directors and officers claims arising from major corporate insolvencies, including Octaviar, ABC, Hastie and Provident Capital.

Louise's Recent Insights

"Pollution" vs "Contamination" - what does your insurance cover?

  • 05 Jun 2017

In proceedings in the Supreme Court of NSW a family company, Amashaw, successfully challenged the refusal of its insurer, Marketform, to provide indemnity. The losses for which Marketform had ...

THE WRAP - DECEMBER 2016

  • 13 Dec 2016

In this specially-themed edition of The Wrap we consider how innovation as a concept is driving different initiatives in the financial services industry. Innovation has become a commonly ...

Bathurst without Brock? Driverless cars here and around the world

  • 01 Nov 2016

Not since Herbie the Love Bug and Knight Rider's KITT has the public's attention been so caught by the alluring idea of connected and autonomous vehicles.The idea is now our reality and the...

Fraud and frolics - who is liable for employees' bad behaviour?

  • 13 Oct 2016

Employers need to take clear, tangible and pro-active steps to reduce the opportunity for employees to engage in wrongful acts impacting others, given employers may be accountable for the bad behav...