Natasha is a key member of Wotton + Kearney’s General Liability team and specialises in public and products liability, workplace and transport accidents, statutory recovery actions, and property damage claims. She has practised in insurance and commercial litigation for nearly 10 years.
Natasha regularly acts on behalf of hotel owners and operators, security guards, supermarkets, cleaning companies, adventure parks, and builders and developers in complex multi-party claims. Natasha’s key strengths lie in understanding her clients’ business and devising pragmatic strategies for resolution, including identifying early settlement opportunities.
Natasha is a committee member of Women In Insurance (Victorian Chapter), a not for profit organisation which aims to enhance the position of women in the insurance industry.
- Defending a hotel in respect of allegations that an employee assaulted a patron. W+K made an application for summary judgment arguing that the alleged events had no connection with the hotel, which resulted in the plaintiff withdrawing his claim.
- Acting for one of Australia’s largest department stores in proceedings brought by an injured worker and the Victorian WorkCover Authority. W+K successfully defended the matter at a jury trial, resulting in full recovery of the client’s costs.
- Acting for a supermarket in defence of a personal injury claim which arose due to the supply of a defective product. W+K successfully obtained a full indemnity from the manufacturer.
- Defending a food supplier from a personal injury claim pursued under the then Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) which involved allegations of defective packaging. Natasha secured an excellent commercial outcome for the client at mediation.
- Acting for a traffic management company in respect of a personal injury claim. Natasha successfully obtained double insurance from a co-defendant.
- Defending an ink supplier from allegations that the supply of unsuitable product caused packaging failures which resulted in a nationwide product recall. W+K successfully argued before the Victorian Court of Appeal that the proceeding should be stayed on the basis that the parties were bound by an arbitration agreement.
- Successfully defending an application brought by a worker to extend the limitations period within which to commence a proceeding. The worker, who brought her claim nearly 7 years out of time, was statute barred from pursuing the claim.
- Successfully pursuing a subrogated action brought against a head contractor following a crane collapse which resulted in personal injury.
- Acting in multi-defendant asbestos and dust diseases claims involving complex issues of causation, jurisdiction and English law. Natasha has advised on jurisdictional matters including the proper forum in which to commence a claim and assessment of damages.
- Advising on policy response, double insurance, indemnity disputes and arbitration clauses.
- Personal Injury
- Property Damage (Third Party)
- Construction + Infrastructure
- Consumer Goods
- Property + Real Estate
- Australia Insurance Law Association
- Law Institute of Victoria
- Victorian Women Lawyers
- Women In Insurance (Victorian Chapter) (Committee Member)