Areas of Expertise

Judith has over 25 years’ experience helping insurers to resolve claims. Her skills in managing workers compensation cases and examining the financial impact of claims have helped her support a wide range of clients, from NSW government departments to scheme agents and self-insurers.

Judith is passionate about good practice management, which she knows leads to the most positive outcomes for her clients. Along with managing her own extensive legal practice, she also supervises lawyers within our insurance group, tracking the progress of cases and providing support where necessary.

 

What Judith’s clients say

“Thank you so much I couldn’t have done it without you.” - A satisfied client

“I know what you have been doing for us has taken a lot of extra time out of your day and I really appreciate it.” - Another satisfied client

 

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Bachelor of Law (University of Technology, Sydney)

 

A word from Judith

"When I left school I did a secretarial course and ultimately obtained work as a legal secretary. I began studying law part-time 9 years after leaving school and qualified as a lawyer. Over the years I have graduated from law clerk to executive lawyer. Due to my qualifications, I have been able to help numerous friends and family members with their legal problems as well as mentoring younger lawyers.

I have also participated in a program called LEAPS where I mentored a year nine student from Mount Druitt High School every two weeks over a nine month period, which I found very rewarding."

 

Career highlights 

  • Defending a High Court appeal on behalf of Department of Education involving the Workers Compensation Act’s election provisions. This prevented the worker from bringing a common law claim.

  • Successfully representing an employer in the NSW Workers Compensation Commission after a worker claimed their heart attack was work-related. The decision was upheld on appeal and prevented the relatively young worker from being able to make a common law claim.

  • Having a covenant removed from a title on a friend’s property that involved 58 other lot owners. This meant their part-built house could stay where it was located on their land.

  • Defending a claim on behalf of an employer where a worker argued that his stroke was caused by his work. This was upheld on appeal to a Deputy President of the NSW Workers Compensation Commission.

  • Being recognised as a leading Workers Compensation Lawyer in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession.

 

Specific areas of focus

  • Representing employers in workers compensation disputes, including drafting all pleadings, advising on liability and quantum and finding strategies to manage and resolve them.

  • Conducting all negotiations and liaising with insurance company claims managers and self-insurers.

  • Advising insurance clients on Work Health and Safety (WHS), risk management and the financial impact of claims.

  • Advising insurers on premium-sensitive claims and their impact.

  • Advising on claims involving physical and psychological injury.

  • Representing employers in claims for work injury damages from the time a claim is made through the mediation process, including representing them in the District Court and Supreme Courts.

  • Advising on recovery actions, including complex medical issues and running arbitrations.