EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE
Judith specialises in claims involving spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries and amputations, and in claims involving complex liability and medical issues (including supervening acts of medical negligence). These multimillion dollar claims typically involve insurers and reinsurers, and Judith’s ability to communicate complicated concepts clearly, and to provide accurate early advice on reserving and risk, is much sought after.
Clients entrust her to manage high value and reputationally sensitive claims due to her excellent legal skills and meticulous masterly of detail. She is deservedly regarded by her peers for the pragmatic and cooperative approach she takes to resolving claims wherever possible. She routinely conducts negotiations and mediations against the most senior practitioners in the field without the assistance of counsel.
Judith has extensive experience in handling disputes over eligibility for participation in the Lifetime Care and Support Scheme, and has had success in challenging decisions made by the Authority, saving her clients millions of dollars in future treatment and care costs.
Judith’s experience includes:
- Advising the insurer to invoke the Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims Act 1989 (Cth) in a claim involving catastrophic brain injury to a spear fisherman, which reduced the insurer’s exposure to damages in that claim, and the derivative nervous shock claim for the injured man’s wife, by over $3,500,000
- Negotiating the settlement of a claim by a quadriplegic for $500,000 inclusive of costs on day two of a week-long hearing in which there was a significant contest on liability, and a claim approaching $10,000,000
- Acting for the insurer in Nominal Defendant v Staggs  NSWCA 224, the first appellate decision (and still the leading NSW case) on interpretation of s36 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW)
- Acting for the insurer in Flounders v Millar  NSWCA 238, a leading case on causation, in which the plaintiff failed in an $8,000,000 personal injury claim, a decision upheld on appeal
- Acting for the insurer in Stig v Finch  NSWCA 242, achieving a verdict for the defendant in a multimillion dollar damages claim brought by a brain damaged pedestrian, a decision upheld on appeal
- Acted for the insurer in a claim by an English national badly brain damaged in NSW. He was repatriated to England and sued there, claiming damages under English common law (equivalent to $14 million), relying on a 2006 House of Lords decision which held that caps on damages in NSW did not apply in proceedings in England. Judith challenged the jurisdiction of the English Court to hear the claim, and compelled the plaintiff’s lawyers to commence proceedings in NSW. She then settled the claim, negotiating directly with the plaintiff’s barrister, for $7.25 million.
Publication and Papers
Judith has authored a number of articles on significant common law and legislative developments impacting on her clients’ claims portfolio, and is an editor of Moray & Agnew’s Motor Vehicle Directions publication.
Awards / Accolades
Ranked in the peer-reviewed Best Lawyers® in Australia list for Motor Vehicle Law since 2023.
Ranked as a Preeminent and Leading Lawyer – Compulsory Third Party (Defendant) in NSW by Doyle’s Guide since 2020.
Ranked as a Leading Lawyer – Public and Product Liability NSW by Doyle’s Guide 2020.
Ranked as a Recommended Lawyer – Workers Compensation in NSW by Doyle’s Guide 2020.