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Jane de Saint Simon

Senior Associate

About Jane

Jane was admitted in 2002 and worked for leading  insurance firms prior to joining Wotton + Kearney in February 2013.

She has an extensive background in professional  indemnity and public liability claims.  She has acted for insurers in professional  indemnity disputes, and advised on coverage issues, in matters involving a  range of professionals including architects, engineers, surveyors, strata  managers, insurance brokers, accountants and financial advisors.

At Wotton + Kearney Jane’s practice  focuses on professional indemnity and public liability claims.

Areas of Expertise

  • Professional Indemnity
  • Public and Products Liability

Jane's Experience

  • 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 [2012] NSWCA 192);
  • acting for  engineers in defence of a multi-million dollar damages claim, WorkCover  prosecution, and personal injury damages claim, all arising out of the Lane  Cove Tunnel collapse in 2005;
  • acting for  engineers in a claim arising from a roof collapse within a Commonwealth  Department staff college building;
  • acting for  engineers in defence of 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;
  • acting for a  financial advisor in a damages claim relating to the purchase of a business;
  • acting for strata managers in claims for personal injuries  suffered by tenants and visitors to residential units;
  • conducting  defendant public liability actions for telecommunications and energy utilities;  and
  • representing  national and multinational corporations in significant property damage  recoveries relating to incidents of water damage, fire damage and contamination  of goods during transit.

Professional Affiliations

  • Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Australian Professional Indemnity Group