Area of expertise
- General Insurance
- Life & Disability Insurance
Partner BCom, LLB
phone +61 2 9234 4563
Catherine is a partner in our Sydney office and leads the life insurance team in Sydney.
Her expertise extends to all aspects of life and general insurance, including conducting litigation, advising regarding remedies available under relevant legislation and reviewing policies and product disclosure statements.
Catherine has an enviable list of clients who seek her out for her commercial and pragmatic advice. She has defended claims for insurers in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the ACT and is well versed in the unique procedural requirements of each jurisdiction.
Catherine acted on behalf of the trustee in the 2011 NSW Court of Appeal decision in Manglicmot v CBOSC. This case considered whether a person who can only work part time is total and permanent disablement as well as the duties imposed upon trustees by s52 Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (Cth).
Catherine is highly aware that the financial services industry faces increasing regulation and scrutiny and that as a consequence, litigation has potential reputational and financial costs to insurers. She conducts litigation with an eye to achieving the best possible outcome and enhancing the reputation of her clients.
February 5, 2020
Draft legislation has recently been released to implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission relating to changing – for most new…Continue reading
September 17, 2018
Newling v FSS Trustee Corporation (No 2)  NSWSC 1405 On 14 September 2018, Parker J of the NSW Supreme Court…Continue reading
September 2, 2020
Catriona Smith v OnePath Life Limited  NSWSC 1185 Background The proceeding relates to the plaintiff’s claim for a death benefit…Continue reading
- Australasian Life Underwriting and Claims Association Inc
- Law Society of NSW
- NSW Committee of ALUCA