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Sanjay Selvakumaran

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Special Counsel

ABOUT

Sanjay

Sanjay is an experienced insurance and commercial litigator. Before joining YPOL Lawyers, Sanjay gained invaluable experience as the tipstaff to a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. He was a senior lawyer and solicitor advocate at the Crown Solicitor’s Office and a senior associate at Makinson d’Apice Lawyers.

As a litigator and advocate, Sanjay has had carriage of and assisted in a wide range of matters including class actions, large-scale and international commercial disputes, insurance disputes and criminal matters. Sanjay has acted for and appeared on behalf of insurers, the State of New South Wales, companies and individuals in most jurisdictions including the High Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of New South Wales and the District, Local and Coroner’s Courts of New South Wales.

  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Technology, Sydney (2010)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Journalism), University of Technology, Sydney (2010)
  • International Baccalaureate, 2005

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Particular examples of Sanjay’s experience are:

  • Acting for excess liability insurers of a Queensland dam operator sued in a class action in relation to 2011 floods: Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Australia Branch v SunWater Ltd (No 2) [2021] NSWSC 1582
  • Acting in professional indemnity claims: Johnson v Firth [2021] NSWCA 237
  • Acting for the professional indemnity insurer in the successful defence of an application for personal costs orders: Canon Finance Australia Limited v Reliance Medical Practice Pty Ltd & Ors (No 8) [2020] NSWSC 1898
  • Acting for the State of New South Wales in appeal proceedings raising issues about the proper application of the Civil Liability Act 2005 (NSW): State of New South Wales v Ouhammi (2019) 101 NSWLR 160
  • Acting for the Commissioner of Police in proceedings commenced by a medical practitioner alleging the unlawful procurement of a search warrant (Lee v NSW Commissioner of Police (No.3) [2019] NSWSC 694) and raising issues regarding client legal privilege (Lee v NSW Commissioner of Police [2019] NSWSC 405)
  • Appearing (without counsel) for a general practitioner (via the medical indemnity insurer) in an inquest held into the suicide of a young woman following her discharge from hospital: Inquest into the death of Naomi Watson Ley, 3 May 2018
  • Acting for the State of New South Wales in a significant decision relating to contribution between tortfeasors: State of New South Wales v Taylor [2017] NSWSC 1794
  • Acting for the State of New South Wales in representative proceedings commenced by juveniles who had allegedly been falsely imprisoned: Konneh v State of New South Wales [2011] NSWSC 1170
  • Acting for a general practitioner (via the medical indemnity insurer) charged with common assault (charges dismissed) and in the Medical Council of New South Wales in relation to the doctor’s registration
  • Advising an Australian automotive retail and logistics company in relation to a failed $400m buyout by a Chinese conglomerate

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