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Angela Yates



+61 7 3225 5980

Angela is a specialist insurance lawyer and litigator with over 12 years’ experience in insurance law. She has extensive experience in professional indemnity and public liability claims and regularly provides advice on policy coverage to insurers.


Angela has acted in the defence and resolution of claims against a broad range of professionals, incorporated associations, companies, schools and local governments in all types of professional indemnity and public liability claims and disciplinary complaints and proceedings. She has defended claims against solicitors, architects, engineers, financial planners, accountants, certifiers, real estate agents and the full gamut of allied health professionals.

Trained in alternative dispute resolution processes such as mediation, Angela regularly appears at mediations and other out of court dispute resolution processes and has extensive experience conducting negotiations in order to resolve claims wherever possible in the best interests of her clients prior to litigation.

Since 2002, Angela has been on the board of a not-for-profit provider of crisis accommodation for young people at risk of homelessness, and has also been a volunteer solicitor with the Women’s Legal Service.


Some of Angela’s major cases include:

  • Conducting multiple high profile claims on behalf of a religious institution and a major insurer arising from the sexual abuse of students by a teacher. Angela successfully defended various EPL claims by the staff terminated following the discovery of the abuse, and also successfully defended a litigated defamation claim arising from media statements published following the discovery of the abuse
  • Defending a law firm in a high value multi party claim arising from the allegedly negligent performance of the firm’s retainer in relation to a cross border banking transaction with complex liability and jurisdictional issues
  • Defending an architect in a high value multi party claim arising from the allegedly negligent performance of the architect’s retainer in relation to the design of a luxury home in a north Queensland residential development
  • Defending a structural engineer in a high value litigated claim arising from the design of a prestige unit development in northern Queensland



Ranked in the peer-reviewed Best Lawyers® in Australia list for:

  • Insurance Law since 2021
  • Professional Malpractice Litigation since 2021.



  • Bachelor of Arts, 2000, University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Laws, 2000, University of Queensland


  • Australian Professional Indemnity Group
  • Queensland Law Society