Michelle is an experienced insurance partner with a broad range of experience including public liability, medical malpractice, product liability, CTP, motor vehicle and dust diseases litigation.
Michelle has run matters at first instance and at appeal and is also well versed in alternative dispute resolution methods. Michelle has also appeared in the Administrative Decisions Tribunal in the Anti-Discrimination division. She is known for devising resolution strategies that provide mutually beneficial outcomes for all parties involved.
Michelle’s experience in acting for corporate and government agencies, including local councils, schools, area health services, electric and water utilities, and commercial enterprises, provides her with an understanding of fundamental issues concerning those bodies such as resources, media sensitivity, risk assessment strategies and policy considerations. This understanding enables her to provide clients with appropriate strategies to better manage litigation, should it arise.
Michelle has significant expertise in conducting medical negligence litigation, acting for doctors, hospitals, medical diagnostic bodies and allied health professionals such as physiotherapists, dentists, pharmacists and radiologists, as well as those within the cosmetic industry. Additionally Michelle regularly handles medical malpractice investigations and assists in the preparation of written responses to the investigating regulatory bodies, including the HCCC and AHPRA, on behalf of insured allied health practitioners. Michelle also has expertise in clinical trial/s and claims arising from same (including claims for compensation advanced by patients who develop significant adverse events as a consequence of participation in the clinical trial/s). Michelle routinely works with and is known for balancing the interests of multiple stakeholders involved in clinical trial practice and procedure.
Michelle has conducted the defence of large scale personal injury matters, involving cross-jurisdictional issues and multi-party litigation (including matters conducted in the Federal Court) and has also conducted the defence of large scale commercial matters.
Michelle has also conducted the defence of various general personal injury matters, arising from injuries upon worksites (involving head contractors and subcontractors, labour hire arrangements and in circumstances, which involve consideration of 151Z of the Workers Compensation Act 1987), design defects (product liability), assault matters and property damage.
Michelle is recognised by The Best Lawyers in Australia 2021 for work in Personal Injury Litigation.
Insurance & Reinsurance