EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE
Emma’s clients value her pragmatic and commercially focussed approach. She is committed to providing legal advice that is focussed on solving problems in the most efficient and effective manner, across her various areas of expertise.
Emma provides expert legal services to professional indemnity insurers including in negligence claims against lawyers and barristers.
Emma is the only Canberra lawyer servicing the 5 major insurers licenced in the ACT workers compensation scheme. She assisted her clients when the Workers Compensation Act 1951 (ACT) was significantly amended with effect from 1 July 2002, including by devising policy wording and drafting Injury Management documentation and precedent claim correspondence. She remains passionate about servicing her ACT workers compensation clients and their insured employers by accurately estimating claims, analysing issues and investigating areas of dispute. Emma collaborates with the insurer and the employer to achieve commercially beneficial and timely resolutions.
Emma’s employment practice includes work for private employers, employment practices liability insurers, medical indemnity insurers such as Avant, Medical Indemnity Protection Society and MIGA and opportunities with various Commonwealth Agencies through Moray & Agnew’s Whole of Government Legal Services Panel appointment in Workplace and Industrial Relations.
- Acted in matters involving disclosure and privilege including Dean v More than a Morsel  ACTSC 101 and subsequent cases involving the Workers Compensation Regulation and the Civil Law (Wrongs) Act 2002 (ACT)
- Acted in successful defence of limitation extension application in Nunes v Sarri t/as Sails the Waterfront Pub  ACTSC 6
- Acted in the leading ACT authority on the regular and systematic test for when a contractor is taken to be a worker: Yaraka Holdings Pty Limited v Gilgevic  ACTCA 6
- Acted in the leading ACT authority on apportionment between employers: Berkeley Challenge Pty Limited v Blazeski and Anor  ACTSC 55
- Appeared as counsel and achieved verdict for the respondent at first instance in Stekovic v Polyseal and Anor  ACTMC 8
- Achieved verdicts for the defendant, including in Stone v Owners Plan and Ors  ACTCA 14
- Represented ethical investment organisation in defence of misleading and deceptive conduct allegations in Federal Court made by mining company the subject of the 2014 ANU divestment decision, achieved resolution despite significant non-financial drivers
- Acted in defence of multi-million dollar professional negligence claim against law firm brought by liquidator of development entity, settled prior to proceedings being served such that reputational risk contained and within limit of insurance cover which was significantly less than total loss alleged
- Acted in defence of various interesting public liability personal injury clams and professional indemnity claims against immigration agents, accountants and real estate agents
- Acted on instructions from Court appointed trustee in significant family trust dispute, arranged sale of commercial property and dissolution of trust
- Resolved general protections claims in Fair Work and Federal Court, including senior level employee claims involving breach of contract allegations
- Resolved matter against law firm after emails intercepted so as to arrange transfer of client funds to external criminal in conveyancing transaction
- Currently defending unfair dismissal claim against Calvary Hospital in Fair Work Commission.
Recognised by various independent global legal guides, including:
- Ranked in the peer-reviewed Best Lawyers® in Australia list each year since 2018 to date. In 2020, was named Best Lawyers’ ‘Canberra Lawyer of the Year’
- Ranked as a Preeminent Lawyer – Professional Indemnity (Defendant) and Leading Workers Compensation and Public and Product Liability Lawyer (Defendant) in ACT by Doyle’s Guide 2020.