Area of expertise

Insurance Law

  • General Insurance
  • Life, Disability & Travel Insurance

Catherine McAdam

Partner BCom, LLB

office Sydney
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.

Published Articles


Legal Directions

Finadri v Westpac Life Insurance Service Limited [2018] VCC 1636 On 10 October 2018, Judge Murphy of the County Court of…

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Legal Directions

Newling v FSS Trustee Corporation (No 2) [2018] NSWSC 1405 On 14 September 2018, Parker J of the NSW Supreme Court…

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Professional Membership

  • Australasian Life Underwriting and Claims Association Inc
  • Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Law Society of NSW