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Celia Wright

Partner

Sydney

+61 2 8651 4710

Celia is a specialist directors and officers and professional indemnity lawyer.

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

Celia has over 20 years’ experience acting on behalf of insurers in complex directors and officers and professional indemnity claims and insurance coverage disputes. Celia regularly represents corporate entities, directors and officers in disputes, litigation, regulatory investigations and Royal Commissions. She has experience in Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) investigations and proceedings, which includes matters arising out of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry and alleged breach of criminal and civil penalty provisions of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).

Celia represents professionals (such as accountants, trustees, fund managers, mortgage brokers, architects and solicitors) in civil litigation and disciplinary matters.

Celia is trusted by her clients to provide strategic and commercial advice.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Some of Celia’s case highlights include

  • A unanimous NSW Court of Appeal judgment in favour of the client on a policy construction point that had important ramifications for the client’s business [XL Insurance Co SE v BNY Trust Company of Australia Limited [2019] NSWCA 215].
  • Acting for a securities adviser in hard fought litigation in which the Full Federal Court determined that the claims against my clients in a second set of proceedings were an abuse of process [Robinson v Deep Investments Pty Ltd [2018] FCAFC 232].
  • Negotiating the settlement of multiple claims, including a potential class action, against a former director of a collapsed finance company, on favourable terms and at an early stage which saved my client substantial legal costs.
  • Acting for a security company and an executive director in the Victorian COVID 19 Hotel Quarantine Inquiry.
  • Achieving an early settlement on favourable terms in two related class action proceedings to which my clients had recently been joined pursuant to the Civil Liability (Third Party Claims against Insurers Act) 2017 (NSW), arising out of failed property development investments marketed predominantly to overseas investors [Pan v Royal National Capital Alliance Ltd [2020] FCA 1834].

Expertise

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, 1996, University of Canterbury
  • Bachelor of Laws, 1996, University of Canterbury

Memberships

  • Australian Professional Indemnity Group
  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Women in Insurance