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Margaret Bateman

Special Counsel

Sydney

+61 2 8651 4747

Margaret is a highly experienced insurance lawyer who has acted on behalf of NSW government agencies in large complex claims often involving multiple stakeholders and causes of action for almost 20 years. Most recently she has been working on both litigated and unlitigated historical abuse claims, many involving religious organisations and interstate agencies in addition to the NSW agency.

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

Prior to joining Moray & Agnew in 2021, Margaret worked for almost 20 years at the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office where she specialised in complex intentional tort matters including malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office, assault and false imprisonment claims and negligence matters including Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) claims brought by police officers. For the past few years her practice has also included historical abuse claims.

Margaret has extensive experience in dealing with highly sensitive issues particular to government and is aware of the expectations of government agencies when conducting matters on their behalf, including those involving media attention.

Margaret is approachable and strives to maintain good working relationships with her clients.  She is experienced in identifying the main issues in a matter from the outset and adopting a strategic, commercially focused approach to resolving the matter. She listens and works with her instructing legal officers to achieve the optimal outcome for an agency in each matter.

In dealing with members of the legal profession Margaret works collaboratively with her colleagues to successfully resolve claims while adhering to the Model Litigant Policy for Civil Litigation and more recently the NSW Government Guiding Principles for Government Agencies Responding to Civil Claims for Child Sexual Abuse.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

During her time at the Crown Solicitor’s Office Margaret led the Torts (Justice Law Enforcement) Group for 5 years. She also led a special project involving the conduct of PTSD claims brought by undercover police officers and had conduct of matters in the District and Supreme Court where verdicts were awarded in favour of the State of NSW in both intentional torts and negligence claims. including the matter of Khattri v State of NSW.

Margaret has had conduct of a number of appellant matters including State of NSW v Hathaway [2010] NSWCA 184 where an appeal against a finding for malicious prosecution was upheld.

Margaret is a former director and councillor of the Law Society of NSW and has chaired and sat on a numerous Law Society committees including the Government Law Committee. Most recently she has been conducting oral assessment with law graduates at the College of Law.

Expertise

Qualifications

  • Master of Laws, 2012, University of Sydney

Memberships

  • Law Society of NSW