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Julia is an experienced solicitor who specialises in insurance, construction
and commercial litigation.

Julia holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Technology Sydney.
She was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales in 2003 and the
High Court in 2007.

Prior to joining YPOL Lawyers, Julia obtained her experience in insurance
and commercial litigation at Phillips Fox (now known as DLA Piper) and in
construction and commercial litigation at Blake Dawson (now known as
Ashurst).

  • Julia’s areas of focus include:
  • Insurance, professional indemnity and general liability litigation
  • Commercial litigation
  • Building and construction disputes
  • Corporate and compliance advice (particularly with an insurance
    focus)

Julia has acted for local and international insurers and their insureds.
Her areas of focus include:

  • Insurance and reinsurance claims monitoring and coverage,
    expecially excess of loss and financial lines claims;
  • Professional indemnity defence litigation, with a particular focus on
    financial lines;
  • Reinsurance advice and claims;
  • First party loss claims, particularly under fidelity, crime and bankers
    bond covers;
  • Product liability;
  • Commercial litigation;
  • Building and construction disputes.

Some particular examples of Julia’s experience are:

Insurance:

  • Acting as coverage counsel in respect of significant financial lines
    claims (including shareholder class action claims);
  • Acting as coverage counsel in respect of over 200 complaints made
    to the Financial Ombudsman Service against an insured retail
    property investment scheme;
  • Acting as coverage counsel on a reinsurance exposure arising from
    the Christchurch Earthquakes;
  • Acting as coverage counsel in respect of an insurance exposure on an
    investigation by ICAC into the former City of Botany Bay Council;
  • Acting as coverage counsel in respect of numerous employee theft
    coverage matters including claims by multinational corporations for
    large scale losses;

Commercial:

  • successfully acting for a public company in defence of a constructive
    trust claim by a university for the ownership of intellectual property
    which also involved issues regarding an IPO and breach of director’s
    duties (University of Western Australia v Gray (No. 20) [2008] FCA
    498)
  • acting in a successful appeal to the High Court in a claim concerning
    wrongful termination of employment and principles of contract law
    (Timothy Visscher v The Honourable President Justice Giudice & Ors
    [2009] HCA 34)
  • obtaining landmark High Court judgments defending the
    constitutional validity of the race fields fees on thoroughbred and
    harness racing in NSW (Betfair Pty Ltd v Racing New South Wales
    [2012] HCA 12 and Sportsbet Pty Ltd v New South Wales [2012]
    HCA 13)

Julia is a member of the New South Wales Law Society.

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