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Kara Yacoubian

Special Counsel

Sydney

+61 2 9234 4683

Kara specialises in professional indemnity, Directors and Officers liability, crime and fidelity claims and has a strong and diverse background in litigation including, in particular class action proceedings.

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

Kara has a strong and diverse background in professional indemnity, financial lines and director and officer disputes, often involving complex and sizeable litigation including class action proceedings arising from financial collapses. She has provided coverage and defence advice for insurers and many types of insured professionals such as accountants, auditors, financial advisors, lawyers and construction professionals such as builders, architects and building certifiers.

Kara has considerable experience in the class action space and litigated matters in a wide range of commercial and insurance disputes. Kara has experience in all aspects of litigation in both Federal and State Courts and Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) and brings a strategic and commercial focus to her matters which has resulted in favourable outcomes for clients. Kara also has considerable experience in policy interpretation and coverage advice for both Australian and international insurers, including complex and high value claims.

Kara has international experience having worked as a foreign qualified lawyer in respect of professional indemnity disputes in a central London firm. Further, in addition to her legal prowess, Kara also has accountancy and auditing qualifications and experience gained prior to commencing her legal career.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Acting as coverage counsel in a range of disputes in both Federal and State Courts including high value securities class action claims against ASX listed companies and / or their directors, officers and professional advisors, corporate collapses and failed managed investment schemes
  • Representing insurers and insured professionals in an extensive range of commercial litigation matters with a focus on professional indemnity matters for accountants, auditors and construction professionals (including claims involving ACP cladding)
  • Representing financial advisors in AFCA and providing defence and dispute resolution advice
  • International experience acting for international clients in London in relation to small and large professional indemnity claims
  • Advising major insurers on indemnity and other policy issues and representing insurers joined to proceedings under the Civil Liability (Third Party Claims Against Insurers) Act 2017 (NSW).

Expertise

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Commence (Majors in Accountancy and Management)

Memberships

  • Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Australian Professional Indemnity Group
  • Law Society of New South Wales