Gemma has significant experience in defending statutory classes of insurance claims, as well as public liability, medical negligence and historical abuse claims in the ACT, NSW and Victoria. She also has expertise in the class actions space, having spent almost four years working on contamination class actions filed in the Federal Court of Australia.

Gemma advises Australian insurers on the defence of claims and litigation strategies that fit within their commercial interests. Her focus is on working to identify and develop strategies to resolve claims in a cost-effective and timely manner. She has appeared in the ACAT, ACT Magistrates Court, ACT Supreme Court, and in the Claims Assessment and Resolution Service (CARS) in NSW. Gemma also previously practised in Victoria, where she appeared in the County Court and Supreme Court of Victoria.

  • Handling litigated and non-litigated claims in ACT and NSW in respect of historical abuse, public liability and property damage, as well as professional disciplinary matters and other claims against medical professionals.
  • Working on contamination class actions filed in the Federal Court of Australia whilst seconded to the Commonwealth over a period of almost four years. The cases involved causes of action in nuisance, negligence, and under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth), technical expert evidence, complex discovery, novel legal issues, multiple lay witnesses, and very large classes.
  • Working on other contamination-related claims litigated in the Federal Court of Australia, Darwin Local Court and Supreme Court of the Northern Territory whilst seconded to the Commonwealth.
  • Handling non-litigated contamination-related claims made directly to the Commonwealth.
Areas of Expertise
  • Class Actions
  • Government
  • Legacy, Sensitive + Complex Claims
  • Personal Injury

Industry Representation
  • Public Sector + Education

Professional Affiliations
  • Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Law Society of the ACT
  • Women Lawyers Association of the ACT