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Dougal is an insurance and commercial litigator with more than 18 years
of experience. He was admitted to practice in New South Wales in
October 2000 and is also admitted to practice in the High Court and

Dougal has extensive coverage and defence experience with a focus on
financial lines, professional indemnity and complex commercial insurance
programs. He has specialist experience in professional indemnity matters
which raise issues of fraud and dishonesty. He also acts in litigated and
unlitigated commercial disputes for plaintiffs and defendants, as well as
defamation matters.

His experience includes:

  • ¬†defending professional negligence claims against solicitors,
    accountants, insolvency practitioners, architects and other
  • successful defence of Supreme Court proceedings on behalf of
    solicitors (Bailey v La Hood [2017] NSWSC 1354; Trajkovski v
    Simpson [2018] NSWSC 720);
  • disputes arising from commercial transactions and investments;
  • providing coverage advice to insurers in relation to major investment
    adviser class actions (including Storm Financial) and shareholder
    class actions (including Leighton Holdings);
  • advising primary and excess layer insurers in relation to major
    claims against financial institutions and professional service firms;
  • advocate‚Äôs immunity (White v Forster [2014] NSWSC 1767; Neale v
    Mahony [2018] NSWSC 1046);
  • directors’ and officers’ liability;
  • mortgage and loan fraud, identity fraud, banking fraud (Colonial
    Mutual Superannuation Pty Limited v Flammia No. 2 [2007] FCA
    1655 and No. 3 [2007] FCA 2104), misuse of trust moneys and trust
  • successfully defending proceedings against solicitors which arose
    from the exercise of options in an intellectual property venture and
    subsequent litigation (A I McLean Pty Limited & Anor v Hayson & Ors
    [2008] NSWSC 927);
  • successfully defending proceedings against solicitors arising from the
    conduct of a banking dispute in the Supreme Court of New South
    Wales, Court of Appeal and High Court (Gattellaro v Spencer [2010]
    NSWSC 1122; [2011] NSWCA 415);
  • successfully conducting a litigated dispute over a commercial lease
    on behalf of the lessor;
  • successfully conducting recovery and summary judgment
    proceedings on behalf of a financier;
  • disputes arising from leases, mortgages, overseas and interstate
    litigation, conveyancing, gaming machine licensing, insolvency,
    employment and intellectual property issues;
  • commercial and trade practices disputes;
  • fidelity insurance; and
  • forum disputes.

Dougal holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the
University of NSW.

He is a member of the Law Society of New South Wales, the
Australian Insurance Law Association, the Australian Professional
Indemnity Group and the NSW Claims Discussion Group.

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