Professional Indemnity

Advising on professional negligence claims requires specialised expertise from someone who manages every situation in minute detail. Our Professional Indemnity team devises and employs a variety of techniques, all with the aim of achieving early resolution (thereby reducing both costs and stress).

Our substantial experience advising on negligence claims includes lawyers, brokers, agents, accountants, financial institutions, health professionals and a broad range of building professionals including engineers, architects, surveyors, valuers and project managers.

We also provide advice on cyber and privacy related issues, employment practices liability and commercial crime.

We act for a large number of professional indemnity insurers and their insureds in respect of claims in Australia, the United Kingdom, Asia and the United States.

Examples of recent matters in which our professional indemnity team has successfully represented their clients include:

  • A claim against the certifying authority and its insurers in relation to a $38 million waterfront redevelopment in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.  The certifier was sued for several million dollars for failing to detect defects in the contiguous piling at the excavation stage causing damage not only to the redevelopment but to adjacent properties
  • Representing a Local Council in a $10 million claim for damage to property arising from the approval of certain plans and engineering drawings.  The case involved cross-claims against builders, architects and engineers
  • Acting for a public authority in a lengthy Inquest arising from deaths resulting from a land-slip.  The claim involved $30 million at risk in property and other insurance related claims and involved builders, architects, engineers and government departments
  • Acting for a sporting body and a national level coach following allegations of racial and sexual discrimination, bullying and vilification in an elite development program. The claims proceeded in the Human Rights Commission and included allegations of a cover up and an inadequate investigation by the sporting body which warranted media scrutiny. The claim was complicated by the personalities involved and reputations of senior officials and former Olympians, however the claim was resolved early through conciliation.

Our senior team members include:

Yasmin Bell

Senior Associate
B Science (Forensic) (University of Newcastle) 2001, LLB (University of Newcastle) 2004

Julie Bowker

Senior Associate
Practical Legal Training (College of Law, Sydney) 2014 / Diploma in Law (University of Sydney) 2014 / Diploma in Law (College of Law, Chester, UK) 1990 / BSc (Hons) (Marine Biology and Applied Zoology) (Bangor University, North Wales, UK) 1988

Clive Curwood

Bachelor of Laws (University of Sydney) 1967

Paul Garnon

B.Com (Finance) (University of NSW) 1991 / LLB (University of NSW) 1991

Kiley Hodges

BA (University of New England) 1998 / LLB (Hons) (University of New England) 1998

Andrew Howard

Senior Associate
Bachelor of Laws (Macquarie University), 2006 / Bachelor of Business Administration (Macquarie University), 2006 / Bachelor of European Business (École de Management de Normandie, France), 2006

Craig Hyde

Special Counsel
LLB (Hons) (University of Otago) 1990

Matthew McDonald

Dip Law (LPAB) 1994

Sally Morshead

Senior Associate
LLB (Bond University) 2005

Heidi Nolan

Senior Associate
Bachelor of Laws (Macquarie University) 2007 / Bachelor of Arts (Macquarie University) 2007 / Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, College of Law 2008

Brian Trist

Special Counsel
Dip Law (LPAB) 1998


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