Area of expertise

Insurance Law

  • Motor Vehicle Law
  • Public & Product Liability
  • Workers Compensation
  • Employer’s Liability

Kerry Wood

Partner LLB, BJuris

office Perth
phone +61 8 6317 0420
email kwood@moray.com.au

Kerry has over 20 years’ experience conducting public liability litigation primarily acting for major insurers in the areas of workers’ compensation, employer’s liability, public and product liability and motor vehicle claims.

She has extensive experience conducting claims on behalf of insurers and self insureds in the Conciliation and Arbitration Service (formerly DRD) and District Court of WA.

Kerry regularly advises clients on complex liability issues including multiple defendants and recoveries. She is very experienced in assessing personal injury damages and frequently provides advice to insurers on quantum of Fatal Accidents’ Act (WA) claims.

Kerry has extensive public liability claims management expertise and is always pro-active in ensuring all necessary factual and medical / economic evidence is obtained as early as possible on a claim to ensure her reserve recommendations are as accurate as possible.

Kerry is continually focused on early settlement of claims and provides her clients with legally and commercially sound advice with that end in mind. She regularly represents insurers to settle claims in Conciliation conferences at the Conciliation and Arbitration Service and in pre-trial conferences in the District Court.

Kerry has successfully conducted a trial in the District Court where quantum of damages of a motor vehicle injury claim was in dispute and has also conducted a successful Full Court appeal (Re Croser: Ex Parte Rutherford & Anor (2001) WASCA 422) related to a Medical Panel’s failure to give adequate reasons for its assessment of permanent psychiatric disability.

Kerry has acted for Allianz, QBE Insurance, Comcare, Westpac Banking Corporation, Vero Workers’ Compensation, Insurance Commission of WA (RiskCover and MVPID) and WFI.

Kerry is our Perth Pro Bono Partner and a member of our National Pro Bono Committee.

Published Articles

LANDLORD NOT LIABLE IN SOAP DISH CASE

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Taylor v Fisher [2017] WADC 30 Background The plaintiff moved from Queensland to South Hedland in Western Australia to live with…

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ACCIDENT-RELATED CAR HIRE CLAIMS – WHAT DAMAGES ARE PAYABLE?

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Beamish v Kanakis [2017] WADC 33 Background On 27 November 2010, Mr Kanakis purchased a 2006 Porsche Boxster convertible for $63,636.36…

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APPEAL COURT OVERTURNS DECISION ON LIABILITY FOR CRIMINAL ACTS OF THIRD PERSON

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Optus Administration Pty Ltd v Glenn Wright by his tutor James Stuart Wright [2017] NSWCA 21 Background In our Legal Directions…

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Professional Membership

  • Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Law Society of Western Australia