I work with my clients to find winning solutions. Through hard work, preparation and attention to detail, I strive to achieve outcomes that count.

Dora in 60 seconds

Dora specialises in insurance litigation and has more than 10 years' experience advising a wide range of clients including the government sector, major life insurers and medical defence organisations. Dora has also advised banks, receivers and large corporations on commercial insurance and reinsurance issues and disputes and directors' and officers' insurance.

Dora specialises in professional indemnity and insurance and currently acts for NSW Health. She represents public hospitals and doctors in civil claims commenced in the District and Supreme Courts and in coronial inquests.

Dora's breadth of expertise also extends to life insurance. She recently completed a secondment to the BT Financial Group's in-house insurance legal team where she provided direct advice to the life insurance business on claims management and available legal remedies.

Dora's clients benefit from her pragmatic and commercial focus. To this end she has secured numerous out of court settlements to protect her clients from unwanted media scrutiny and minimise their exposure to costs. Dora also provides advice to her clients on risk management solutions going forward.

Qualifications

  • BA LLB (Hons)

Industry associations

  • Law Society of NSW

Dora's Recent Experience

NSW Health

Representing public hospitals and their employed doctors and nurses in both litigated and unlitigated claims and coronial inquests. This includes defending claims in the District and Supreme Courts and providing high level analysis and advice on liability, apportionment, quantum and risk management.

ABC Learning Centres

The corporate collapse of ABC is one of the largest and high profile collapses in Australian corporate history. As lawyers for ABCs’ banking syndicate of 7 banks (including the 4 major Australian domestic banks, and 3 international banks) and its receivers we have advised on a unique restructure of ABC’s core business prior to its sale along with a number of cross-border issues. We have also provided general advice to the banking syndicate and on examinations conducted by the administrator/liquidator.

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.

Dora's Recent Insights

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,...

High Court considers definition of corrupt conduct

  • 15 Apr 2015

15 April 2015The High Court handed down its decision in the proceedings involving the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor Margaret Cunneen SC. The Hi...

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...

Developments impacting the Life Insurance Industry

  • 05 Nov 2014

November 2014Download the PDF to read recent developments impacting the life insurance industry.download