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Susan Reid

Special Counsel

Sydney

+61 2 9234 4507

Susan’s key areas of practice are coverage advice and conducting professional indemnity litigation in the Federal Court of Australia, and the Supreme Court of New South Wales, across a number of professions including assisted reproductive technology, financial services, and legal services.

She has demonstrated skills in conducting and managing large and complex litigation, with an excellent eye for detail and thoroughness for which she is praised by clients and colleagues alike.

Susan is highly regarded for her ability to quickly identify the critical issues which often facilitates the early resolution of a claim.

Complementing her excellent technical skills is Susan’s renowned compassion. Appreciating the toll that litigation, including disciplinary proceedings, has on the individuals for whom she acts, enables Susan to deliver first class legal services with a holistic approach. 

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

Susan’s expertise lies in a matters involving complex technical issues, be they untested provisions of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), or issues arising of out Assisted Reproductive Technology services. 

Her ability to quickly grasp difficult and varied technical issues is impressive, resulting in Susan being the ‘go to’ contact for clients involved in novel claims. 

Susan has extensive experience acting for legal professionals in professional negligence claims and disciplinary proceedings. Her role in acting for a major aged care service provider during the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was instrumental in that organisation avoiding any public criticism of the Commission. 

Susan’s attention to detail is superlative. She is highly praised for her ability to engage with the client, understand the issues, and implement an effective strategy for resolution of the matter, whether by proceeding to trial or informal settlement. 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Notable litigation outcomes include the successful defence of two proceedings commenced in the Supreme Court of NSW against the insurer of a de-registered company pursuant to s601AG of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth): Smart v AAI Ltd; JRK Realty Pty Ltd [2015] NSWSC 392, successfully defending a claim made against a barrister on the basis of the application of advocates immunity: Young v Hones & Ors [2015] HCASL 73 and Young v Hones & Ors [2017] HCASL 27, and successfully defending a lawyer struck from the roll of legal practitioners: Livers v Legal Services Commissioner [2018] NSWCA 319, and against whom findings of professional misconduct were made: Livers v Legal Services Commissioner [2020] NSWCA 317.

Expertise

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours – English Literature), 1990, University of New South Wales
  • Oxford University Press H J Oliver Memorial prize for the Best Performance in English Literature in the Bachelor of Arts Course, 1990 (shared)
  • Bachelor of Law, 1994, Sydney University

Memberships

  • Australian Professional Indemnity Group
  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Women in Insurance NSW