Karen has specialised in commercial litigation and insurance law since 2001, and leads W+K’s health practice. Her core area of expertise is general liability with specialities in personal injury and medical malpractice, as well as professional indemnity.
With a focus on early commercial resolution, Karen runs a dynamic practice in which she manages a large volume of claims and adopts a range of investigative and defensive techniques to minimise insurers’ exposure across industry. Karen is a regular author and commentator on the impact of emerging medical technologies on the insurance and legislative sector and is also a member of the Law Society’s Professional Conduct Committee.
Karen has developed a reputation in the market for her unique insights and collaborative approach to resolving highly complex claims for the benefit of all parties involved.
Karen leads a large team of lawyers and is dedicated to mentoring and teaching staff.
Areas of Expertise
- Personal Injury
- Workers Liability/Recovery
- Coverage (stand alone)
- Healthcare Professional Liability (Med Mal)
- Professional Indemnity
- Healthcare & Life Sciences
- Sports, Leisure & Entertainment
- Professions & Business Services
- Defending claims against a bank for psychiatric injuries suffered to customers during an armed hold up.
- Defending claims against various builders for catastrophic injuries suffered at construction sites.
- Defending claims against a lift company for personal injuries suffered to passengers resulting from allegedly faulty maintenance and repair.
- Acting for a solarium operator in a claim for damages for melanoma said to have been caused by use of the solarium.
- Defending the occupier of commercial premises against property damage claims arising out of fires originating in the premises.
- Defending a leading supermarket chain and other leading Australian retailers against many and varied personal injury claims, ranging from “slip and trip” matters to significant damages claims litigated in the Supreme Court.
- Acting for a leading healthcare provider in defence of various claims made by its independent contractors.
- Acting for a leading hotel chain in defence of its personal injury claims.
- Australia Insurance Law Association
- New South Wales Claims Discussion Group
- Law Society of NSW
- Big Names, Big Data and Stroke
- The “Angelina Effect” – Genetic Testing Becomes a Global Phenomenon
- Wearables and Health Tracking – An Insurer’s Dream or Nightmare?
- Nanotechnology – is it insurable?
- The Future is Now: The Case For Wearable Robotics
- Discretionary timing of bank’s ‘target hardening’ technology deemed sound in Court of Appeal decision
- Advances in medical technology – an insurer’s best friend?
- Guidance in assessing TPD claims – the decision in Birdsall v Motor Trades Association of Australia Superannuation Fund Pty Limited  NSWSC 632 – IYIR, 2014
- Failure to mitigate – ECS Group (Australia) Pty Ltd v Hobby  NSWCA 193 – IYIR, 2014
- Failure to establish breach affirms high threshold for medical negligence claims – IYIR, 2015
- Duty vs. discretion – IYIR, 2015