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Stephanie Lee

Senior Associate

Sydney

+61 2 9234 4648

Stephanie acts for and advises insurers in liability and professional indemnity claims, with particular experience in property damage and building defects claims.

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

Stephanie commenced with Moray & Agnew’s general insurance team in 2016 and works closely with partner Andrew Toogood.

She has experience in litigation undertaken in the Local Court, District Court and Supreme Court of New South Wales, the Dust Diseases Tribunal of New South Wales, the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Federal Court of Australia. 

Prior to working at Moray & Agnew, Stephanie worked as a summer clerk and paralegal at a global commercial firm and as a legal research assistant to Senior Counsel.

Stephanie regularly acts for and advises insurers and other corporate clients in claims involving construction disputes, building and design defects, defective mechanical works and property damage. She has extensive experience in utilising alternative dispute resolution, including mediations and informal settlement conferences, to resolve claims prior to hearing.  Stephanie also has experience in dust diseases claims.  

Stephanie recently completed a six month secondment at one of Australia’s largest insurers as Acting Non-Personal Injury Claims Manager.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS 

Some major matters include

  • Acted for an insurer in a subrogated recovery claim involving the destruction of the insured’s home as the result of a fire. Successfully recovered the full amount of the insured losses and costs prior to hearing.
  • Acted for a developer and property owner, on instructions from their insurer, to conduct their defence of a claim by neighbouring property owners for damage to their premises caused by the weakening and removal of building foundations. The proceedings were resolved based on a contribution by the developer and property owner of approximately 1%.
  • Acted for an insurer in a subrogated recovery claim involving damage to the insured’s residential premises as the result of impact damage from a truck. Notwithstanding the defendant’s denial of liability, Stephanie successfully recovered the full amount of the losses (plus interest thereon) and indemnity costs following a determined hearing.
  • Acted for a mechanic to defend a claim involving fire damage to a motor vehicle allegedly caused by deficiencies in the servicing of the LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) system of the vehicle. By obtaining compelling lay and expert evidence to dispute the plaintiff’s allegations as to the cause of the fire, Stephanie persuaded the plaintiff to abandon its claim prior to the hearing and make a payment in reimbursement of client’s costs.

Expertise

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws, 2013, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Arts, 2013, University of New South Wales

Memberships

  • Law Society of New South Wales