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Rebecca in 60 seconds

Rebecca is an expert in commercial litigation and insurance and has 27 years' experience advising a wide range of clients including major Australian general and life insurers and the government sector, both State and Federal. Rebecca is recognised as a leading insurance and government litigation lawyer.

Rebecca's breadth of expertise covers:

  • Defending government agencies from claims in negligence
  • Defending professional indemnity claims including medical negligence
  • Acting in complex insurance litigation
  • Advising general insurers and life insurers on coverage issues including non-disclosure and misrepresentation
  • Advising on insurance product wordings

Rebecca's government sector clients include NSW Health and NSW Police. Her reputation as a highly skilled litigation lawyer is testament to her ability to protect her public sector and financial services clients from public scrutiny through achieving out of court settlements in hundreds of litigation cases.

Rebecca represents a number of Australia's major life insurers. One of her career highlights was success in the Court of Appeal in Manglicmot v The Commonwealth Bank Officers Superannuation Corporation Limited, involving group life insurance and an examination of the duties owed by a trustee of a superannuation fund to its members when entering into a new policy of life insurance.

Rebecca also acts for a number of the firm's significant government, corporate and banking clients on a wide range of commercial litigation which, has resulted in a depth of expertise in mining and construction litigation, defamation, negligence and breach of contract.

Qualifications

  • BEc LLB (First Class Hons)(Sydney University)

Independent Recognition

  • Recognised as an expert in insurance and re-insurance in Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012
  • Listed as a Recommended Lawyer in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific for Insurance in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 and for Dispute Resolution in 2014 and 2013
  • Listed as a Recommended Medical Negligence Lawyers (Defendant) – Sydney in Doyles Guide, 2015
  • Listed as an expert in Insurance Law in Best Lawyers since 2014
  • Listed in the Australian Legal Business Insurance Guide and Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers
  • Listed as a Leading Practitioner in the Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law

Industry associations

  • Member of the Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA)

Rebecca'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.

CBA

Acted for CBA and the Commonwealth Bank Officers Superannuation Corporation Limited in the Supreme Court and on appeal to the Court of Appeal regarding a trustees' duties under the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 in the Manglicmot decision. This was a significant  decision for superannuation trustees and life insurers because it confirmed a person who can work part-time is not totally and permanently disabled.

NSW Health

Act for NSW Health in coronial investigations and in defending clinical negligence claims against hospitals and insured doctors.

NSW Police Force

Acting in a defamation claim against the police in the Court of Appeal matter of LVMH Watch and Jewellery Australia Pty Limited v Lassanah [2011] NSWCA 407.

Rebecca's Recent Insights

Insurance in Superannuation: The latest developments for fund trustees

  • 15 Dec 2016

How superannuation trustees offer insurance to their fund members has been impacted by four significant developments that occurred in the second half of 2016.These developments occurred in an envir...

A different approach to ETE clauses

  • 15 Nov 2016

The decision in Jones v United Super Pty Limited adds a further challenge for insurers in making decisions on Total and Permanent Disablement (TPD) claims.The Court has reinterpreted the Education,...

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...

When all else fails - who are you going to call?

  • 22 Dec 2014

December 2014The Federal Court recently considered an application by Challenger Life for relief under section 215.SummaryThe Life Insurance Act 1 allows a life company to pay money in relation to a...