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Gabrielle Watts

Partner

Sydney

+61 2 9234 4525

Gabrielle specialises in compulsory third party claims, and acts for insurers in relation to a wide range of claims arising out of motor vehicle accidents. She currently manages claims on behalf of QBE, NRMA Insurance and Suncorp.

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

Gabrielle’s legal career commenced at a plaintiff firm, where she represented injured persons in a broad personal injury practice including public liability, motor vehicle accident, medical negligence, workers’ compensation, victims’ compensation, and institutional abuse claims. At the same firm, she was also solely responsible for the Legal Aid criminal panel work, requiring significant advocacy in the Local and District Courts of New South Wales.

Since joining Moray & Agnew, Gabrielle has been responsible for the conduct of CTP claims, both litigated before the District and Supreme Courts of New South Wales, and before the Personal Injury Commission. Her practice includes matters involving complex indemnity, liability (including ‘blameless accidents’, fraud, medical and economic loss considerations, as well as compensation to relative claims, pure s. 151Z recovery claims, and applications for judicial review. Gabrielle has also been responsible for protecting clients’ interests at coronial inquests arising out of fatal motor vehicle accidents.

Gabrielle adopts a practical approach to the conduct of her matters, with a view to attempting to achieve a timely resolution so as to avoid the significant delays and costs associated with lengthy, drawn-out litigation.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Gabrielle’s experience includes:

  • Advocacy in the Supreme and District Courts of NSW, as well as the Personal Injury Commission
  • Defending litigated matters in the Supreme and District Courts of NSW, including claims against the nominal defendant, and claims involving multiple defendants (such as road authorities)
  • Managing unlitigated matters in the Personal Injury Commission
  • Acting for insurers in relation to applications for judicial review of administrative decisions before the Supreme Court of NSW
  • Handling claims involving complex indemnity, dual insurance, and contribution / recovery issues, as well as difficult and complicated medical and economic loss issues
  • Managing medical assessments before the Personal Injury Commission, including in relation to ‘minor injury’ and whole person impairment disputes.

Recognition

Publications

‘Without Reasonable Prospects of Success: What Does it Mean?’, Legal Directions, 28 February 2013 (re: Keddie & Ors v Stacks/Goudkamp Pty Ltd [2012] NSWCA 254 – also published in the Law Society Journal

Expertise

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons I), 2008, University of Newcastle
  • Diploma of Legal Practice, 2008, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Science (Forensic) (Hons), 2006, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Laws, 2021, University of Sydney

Specialist Accreditations

  • Law Society of New South Wales Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law since 2014

Memberships

  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Australian Insurance Lawyers’ Association
  • Women in Insurance
  • Young Insurance Professionals
  • NSW Claims Discussion Group