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Danielle Sweeney

Senior Associate

Newcastle

+61 2 4911 5471

Danielle is a highly experienced lawyer with over ten years’ experience in the insurance industry and whose primary areas of practice cover compulsory third party (CTP) claims and workers compensation.

Experience & Expertise

Danielle’s extensive experience includes handling numerous compulsory third party claims workers compensation claims and regularly representing clients in all relevant jurisdictions, including the Claims Assessment Resolution Service, Workers Compensation Commission, Personal Injury commission, District and Supreme Courts of NSW, NSW Court of Appeal and the High Court of Australia.

In addition, Danielle has amassed considerable experience managing major and catastrophic claims.

Danielle is also highly experienced in handing claims involving fraudulent conduct by plaintiff’s including staged accidents and major issues with respect to causation of injuries. She has achieved multiple withdrawals of claims and satisfactory judgments in which fraud was alleged after considerable and extensive investigations resulting in significant savings for insurer clients.

Danielle is highly regarded by her clients for her commitment to best practice service delivery as a core part of good client relationships. She often presents to various insurers on how to identify, deter and defend fraudulent claims.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Danielle’s expertise and forensic approach to claims has seen her achieve an impressive record of evidence based and conservative resolutions of claims, dismissal and withdrawal of 30 of unmeritorious claims.

In her career she has provided instruction in relation to highly complex areas of law including in Gray v Richards [2014] HCA 40 where she provided instruction the insurer involving an infant plaintiff who had sustained a catastrophic brain injury. The matter proceeded to the High Court of Australia on issues involving complex fund management expenses.

Danielle was also involved in providing instruction in the successful Court of Appeal case of Stuart v Walsh [2012] NSWCA 186, in which the District Court’s findings of negligence and contributory negligence of 10% were overturned and a verdict for the defendant was entered. The decision reinforced the principle of agony of the moment.

Expertise

Qualifications

  • Diploma of Law (LPAB), 2013
  • Diploma of Legal Practice, 2014, College of Law

Memberships

  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Business Hunter