Jane has specialised in general insurance litigation since her admission in 2002. She has an extensive background in personal injury matters, acting in complex and multiparty litigation for a range of small to large national enterprises over a range of industries, and has acted for insurers in professional indemnity disputes involving a range of professionals.

Jane advises on coverage issues and matters relating to dual insurance. Jane also assists Government entities such as the Department of Family & Community Services, Department of Education, Department of Primary Industries, and the Roads & Maritime Service. Prior to joining W+K, Jane worked for a number of major insurance firms.

  • Successfully defending proceedings against the owner of premises which had been leased to a third party for the purpose of conducting licensed premises, by a security guard who was injured on the premises. Jane negotiated a judgment in the owner’s favour.
  • Acting for a defendant in multi-jurisdictional claims for property damage and personal injury arising out of the use of an unregistered vehicle. Jane also advised on related complex indemnity issues.
  • Acting in multi-defendant proceedings in claims for personal injury and property damage arising out of the transportation by trailer of a 26 tonne transformer, which broke free of its restraints and bounced along a highway.
  • Advising a Local Council on a claim arising from an alleged failure to notify of a proposed Development Application, the result of which was to diminish views from a neighbouring property. Jane’s advice enabled a quick and efficient resolution of the claim.
  • Acting for engineers in defence of numerous 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. The multi-party civil claims matter were the subject of mediation, during which Jane negotiated settlements, balancing the commercial interests of her client with the sensitive nature of the claims.
  • 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).
Areas of Expertise
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Liability

Industry Representation
  • Sports, Leisure + Entertainment
  • Public Sector + Education
  • Manufacturing
  • Industrial + Commercial Property

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