Dena specialises in property, construction and energy matters. She acts for local and overseas-based insurers in high-value and complex matters ranging from coverage disputes to the defence of litigated claims across a range of industries including infrastructure, engineering and construction, property, power generation and distribution and manufacturing. She is also experienced in pursuing high-value subrogated recovery actions.

Dena is committed to achieving the best commercial results for her clients and is skilled in developing and implementing strategies to deliver those results. She adopts a pragmatic approach when advising clients on difficult and complex issues, providing clear, concise advice and advising on the best commercial strategies for each claim.

Having worked in-house on secondment in the Major & Complex Loss Team, Dena is experienced in balancing the needs of insurers and insureds, and understands her clients’ highly specialised business practices, priorities and needs.

Construction and Contract Works

  • Advising the local and overseas underwriters of the contract works and material damage policy covering the construction of one of Australia’s longest natural gas pipelines.
  • Acting as defence counsel for the insurer in a coverage dispute regarding a claim arising out of a failed excavation.
  • Advising insurers in relation to the failure of certain critical processing mining equipment in a multi-million dollar claim.

Subrogated Recoveries

  • Acting for a local insurer and their insured in a recovery action arising out of manufacturing defects in a machine.
  • Acting for local insurers and their two insureds in a joint recovery action against a contractor arising out of a burst chilled-beam air conditioning hose causing subsequent damage to multiple levels of a commercial office building.
  • Acting for local insurers and their insureds in relation to the recovery of costs for property damage sustained during the performance of certain works by third parties.

Industrial Special Risks

  • Advising a large market of international insurers subscribing to a bespoke ISR Policy in relation to the shutdown of a mine after the failure of certain critical processing equipment.
  • Advising insurers on coverage issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of various government responses to arrest the spread of COVID-19.
Areas of Expertise
  • Commercial Property
  • Construction + Contract Works
  • Industrial Special Risks
  • Subrogated Recoveries

Industry Representation
  • Construction + Infrastructure
  • Energy, Mining + Power
  • Industrial + Commercial Property
  • Manufacturing + Consumer Goods

Professional Affiliations
  • Australian Insurance Law Association
  • NSW Law Society