Cassandra specialises in insurance litigation, routinely advising on coverage, liability, and recovery prospects under various policies of insurance. She provides advice on complex claims within the general liability and specialty product lines.

With over 20 years of litigation and dispute resolution experience, Cassandra acts for a range of international and domestic insurers and their corporate insureds. Her core practice is defending public liability claims.

Cassandra has extensive experience dealing with personal injury damages and recovery or contribution claims from third parties, including statutory bodies and owner/occupiers, on behalf of her professional insureds under both the Queensland Personal Injuries Proceedings Act 2002 (PIPA) and the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003. She has also defended a broad range of construction, engineering, and property claims, involving the spectrum of residential properties through to multi-million-dollar developments.

Cassandra regularly defends historical abuse claims brought against religious institutions. These are dealt with either informally, via PIPA, or litigated in the Queensland Courts. She also acts in silicosis personal injury and contribution claims brought against suppliers of engineered stone and responds to related workplace health and safety investigations.

  • Acting for a variety of Australian companies in respect of catastrophic personal injury claims, including defending major banks and shopping centre owners, a major supermarket chain, and an engineering firm.
  • Acting for an international insurer in respect of a statutory authority’s claim on its statutory liability policy for its and its director’s involvement in the Queensland Floods Commission.
  • Acting for an international insurer and its fire engineer insured in respect of an AUD $20 million claim regarding negligent design and construction works at the Alice Springs Hospital.
  • Acting for a structural engineer in respect of both a Coronial Inquest and damages claims arising from the death of an individual because of the engineer’s alleged professional negligence.
  • Acting for various financial planners, accountants, and AFSLs and their insurers in a variety of litigated and unlitigated professional negligence claims including coverage advice.
  • Acting for a variety of professional insureds in relation to industry based disciplinary proceedings.
  • Acting for an international insurer defending litigated proceedings about its declinature of insurance coverage to the directors of a collapsed financial services licensee (seeking coverage for ASIC prosecutions and an investor class action) due to non-disclosure under the Insurance Contracts Act 1984.

Healthcare + Life Sciences

  • Defending various claims for damages arising out of alleged medical negligence, including claims under the Personal Injuries Proceedings Act 2002 and litigation in the Queensland District and Supreme Courts.
  • Acting for a radiologist who failed to identify down syndrome in a routine ultrasound by the parents of that child for the future costs of raising the child on the basis the pregnancy would have been terminated.
  • Acting for a medical practitioner who failed to take the relevant clearances from skin cancers removed from a patient which let the cancer spread.
Areas of Expertise
  • Healthcare + Life Sciences
  • Inquiries, Investigations + Prosecutions
  • Legacy, Sensitive + Complex Claims
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Liability

Industry Representation
  • Construction + Infrastructure
  • Financial Institutions + Services
  • Industrial + Commercial Property
  • Professions + Business Services
  • Retail + Labour Hire

Professional Affiliations
  • Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Australian Professional Indemnity Group
  • Association for Women in Insurance