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Danielle Pastor

Senior Associate

Sydney

+61 2 9234 4559 0412857424

Danielle has been practising in workers compensation law throughout her career. She specialises in personal injury law in particular, acting on behalf of insurers and their insureds in the areas of construction, health and education.

Experience & Expertise

Danielle has practised in insurance law throughout her entire career. She has well-established credentials in acting for leading insurers and government agencies in a range of personal injury and property damage claims together with specialised expertise in managing workers compensation claims and workers compensation recoveries.

Danielle is highly involved and diligent in her approach to matters. She efficiently manages the litigation of claims from the pre-dispute stage through to contested hearings in the Personal Injury Commission, Industrial Relations Commission and NSW Courts.

Danielle’s detailed knowledge of relevant legislation and her technical skills allow her to provide customised advice to her clients.

Danielle is also skilled in using formal and informal alternative dispute resolution procedures to facilitate the timely and cost effective resolution of claims.

She is well-regarded by clients for her assistance in connection with the long term management of claims, as well as her ready availability and accessible approach to providing legal services. This includes frequent participation in presenting information sessions to major insurers and self-insurers.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Danielle’s experience includes:

  • Successfully defending her clients in numerous matters before the Personal Injury Commission, including:
    • Gary Nell v ARA Electrical Engineering Services Pty Ltd [2018] – defended the claim on the basis that the subject incident did not result in an injury and was not the main contributing factor to the aggravation of a disease condition
    • Eunise Undag v Bupa Care Services [2014] WCC – s11A defence for a psychological injury
    • Anthony Wells v Department of Communities & others [2016] WCC – defended the claim on the basis that employment was not the main contributing factor 
    • Maria Andriopolous v St Basils Homes [2016] WCC - successfully argued that the insured was not the last noisy employer
    • Rodney Spangler v Department of Education & Communities [2013] WCC - successfully defended an allegation of injury on the basis that employment was not a substantial contributing factor to the injury despite the injury occurring during the course of employment
  • Danielle’s major accomplishments are primarily focused on resolution of matters in their early stages resulting in commercial outcomes that have minimum premium impact, reduced claims costs for insurers and the maintenance of an ongoing working relationships between relevant stakeholders. 

Expertise

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws, 2008, University of Western Sydney
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, 2009 College of Law

Memberships

  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Women in Insurance NSW