Jane de Saint Simon
Jane has specialised in general insurance litigation since her admission in 2002. She has an extensive background in personal injury matters, acting in complex and multiparty litigation for a range of small to large national enterprises over a range of industries, and has acted for insurers in professional indemnity disputes involving a range of professionals. Jane advises on coverage issues and matters relating to dual insurance. Jane also assists Government entities such as the Department of Family & Community Services, Department of Education, Department of Primary Industries, and the Roads and Maritime Service.
Prior to joining Wotton + Kearney in February 2013, Jane worked for a number of leading insurance firms.
Areas of Expertise
- General Liability/Casualty
- Personal Injury
- Professional Indemnity
- Sports,Leisure & Entertainment
- Public Sector
- Property and Real Estate
- Successfully defending proceedings against the owner of premises which had been leased to a third party for the purpose of conducting licensed premises, by a security guard who was injured on the premises. Jane negotiated a judgment in the owner’s favour.
- Acting for a defendant in multi-jurisdictional claims for property damage and personal injury arising out of the use of an unregistered vehicle. Jane also advised on related complex indemnity issues.
- Acting in multi-defendant proceedings in claims for personal injury and property damage arising out of the transportation by trailer of a 26 tonne transformer, which broke free of its restraints and bounced along a highway.
- Advising a Local Council on a claim arising from an alleged failure to notify of a proposed Development Application, the result of which was to diminish views from a neighbouring property. Jane’s advice enabled a quick and efficient resolution of the claim.
- Acting for engineers in defence of numerous claims for nervous shock, claims under the Compensation to Relatives Act 1987 (NSW), and a WorkCover prosecution following a death resulting from the collapse of a metal sliding gate. The multi-party civil claims matter were the subject of mediation, during which Jane negotiated settlements, balancing the commercial interests of her client with the sensitive nature of the claims.
- Successfully defending a damages claim against an insurance broker arising out of coverage provided by the client’s professional indemnity policy following the Westpoint collapse (Prosperity Advisers Pty Ltd v Secure Enterprises Pty Ltd t/as Strathearn Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd  NSWCA 192).
- Australian Insurance Law Association
- Australian Professional Indemnity Group