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Amanda Kmetyk
Principal

Amanda Kmetyk

Amanda Kmetyk
Principal

Amanda Kmetyk

Meet Amanda

Amanda is a principal at McCabes and is a leading provider of legal advice to government. By knowing government, Amanda is able to identify key issues and focus upon providing legal advice that is specialised and nuanced. With a background...
Andrew Lacey
Managing Principal

Andrew Lacey

Andrew Lacey
Managing Principal

Andrew Lacey

Meet Andrew

Andrew is recognised as a leading Australian commercial litigator. He is the Managing Principal at McCabes and heads the litigation and dispute resolution group. His experience in commercial litigation and dispute resolution spans a broad range of jurisdictions and industries. Andrew acts...
Chiara Rawlins
Principal

Chiara Rawlins

Chiara Rawlins
Principal

Chiara Rawlins

Meet Chiara

Chiara is a Principal in the McCabes litigation and dispute resolution group.  Her expertise covers commercial and general litigation and dispute resolution across a broad range of industries. Chiara has acted for major manufacturers, property developers, financial institutions, engineering companies and...
Foez Dewan
Principal

Foez Dewan

Foez Dewan
Principal

Foez Dewan

Meet Foez

Foez has extensive experience in commercial and contractual matters, equity and corporations law. He combines his technical knowledge, business acumen and years of legal experience to deliver the best possible outcomes for his clients. He has represented his clients in...
Francesca Menniti
Principal

Francesca Menniti

Francesca Menniti
Principal

Francesca Menniti

Meet Francesca

Francesca has 25 years’ experience as a defendant insurance litigation lawyer and specialises in general insurance litigation and medical negligence. In addition to representing NSW Health agencies in liability claims, coronial inquests and administrative law matters, she has provided advice to...
Leighton Hawkes
Principal

Leighton Hawkes

Leighton Hawkes
Principal

Leighton Hawkes

Meet Leighton

Leighton is the head of the firm’s general liability Government team, leading a dedicated team of lawyers who assist and advise government agencies in NSW across a variety of legal matters. Leighton has over 18 years’ experience in the insurance...
Paul Garnon
Principal

Paul Garnon

Paul Garnon
Principal

Paul Garnon

Meet Paul

Paul specialises in insurance claims resolution with an emphasis on professional indemnity, financial lines, public risk insurance and ISR. Paul is an insurance litigation specialist with over 25 years experience advising on all types of insurance across all lines.  He has extensive...
Stuart Windybank
Principal

Stuart Windybank

Stuart Windybank
Principal

Stuart Windybank

Meet Stuart

Stuart has developed his specialist insurance law practice to enable him to provide a broad range of legal services to Australian-based and international authorised insurers, underwriting agencies, general insurance brokers, self insurers and public authorities on all aspects of their:...
Kate Blue
Special Counsel

Kate Blue

Kate Blue
Special Counsel

Kate Blue

Meet Kate

Kate is an insurance specialist lawyer who is well known for her in-depth knowledge and experience. Kate’s focus is on reaching the quickest settlement and most effective outcome in each case. In order to achieve this, Kate utilises her strong...
Kristine Gorgievski
Special Counsel

Kristine Gorgievski

Kristine Gorgievski
Special Counsel

Kristine Gorgievski

Meet Kristine

Kristine completed her Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce degrees at the University of New South Wales and was admitted into practice in April 2008. Kristine works in the insurance division of the general liability team.  She has experience litigating...
Nathan Jones
Special Counsel

Nathan Jones

Nathan Jones
Special Counsel

Nathan Jones

Meet Nathan

Nathan is an accomplished practitioner in the area of commercial litigation and dispute resolution and has practised exclusively in this area since his admission in 2005. From 2006 to 2008, Nathan gained initial experience in dispute resolution and litigation in Canberra,...
Olga Voukidis
Special Counsel

Olga Sclavenitis

Olga Voukidis
Special Counsel

Olga Sclavenitis

Meet Olga

Olga specialises in medical negligence claims and public liability claims. She has extensive experience in the area of coronial inquests. Since her admission in 1989, Olga has predominantly worked in defendant insurance litigation. She has experience in medical negligence claims,...

Meet our people

Amanda Kmetyk
Principal

Amanda Kmetyk

Amanda Kmetyk
Principal

Amanda Kmetyk

Meet Amanda

Amanda is a principal at McCabes and is a leading provider of legal advice to government. By knowing government, Amanda is able to identify key issues and focus upon providing legal advice that is specialised and nuanced. With a background...
Francesca Menniti
Principal

Francesca Menniti

Francesca Menniti
Principal

Francesca Menniti

Meet Francesca

Francesca has 25 years’ experience as a defendant insurance litigation lawyer and specialises in general insurance litigation and medical negligence. In addition to representing NSW Health agencies in liability claims, coronial inquests and administrative law matters, she has provided advice to...
Leighton Hawkes
Principal

Leighton Hawkes

Leighton Hawkes
Principal

Leighton Hawkes

Meet Leighton

Leighton is the head of the firm’s general liability Government team, leading a dedicated team of lawyers who assist and advise government agencies in NSW across a variety of legal matters. Leighton has over 18 years’ experience in the insurance...
Paul Garnon
Principal

Paul Garnon

Paul Garnon
Principal

Paul Garnon

Meet Paul

Paul specialises in insurance claims resolution with an emphasis on professional indemnity, financial lines, public risk insurance and ISR. Paul is an insurance litigation specialist with over 25 years experience advising on all types of insurance across all lines.  He has extensive...
Kristine Gorgievski
Special Counsel

Kristine Gorgievski

Kristine Gorgievski
Special Counsel

Kristine Gorgievski

Meet Kristine

Kristine completed her Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce degrees at the University of New South Wales and was admitted into practice in April 2008. Kristine works in the insurance division of the general liability team.  She has experience litigating...
Heidi Nolan
Senior Associate

Heidi Nolan

Heidi Nolan
Senior Associate

Heidi Nolan

Meet Heidi

Heidi has vast experience across personal injury, public risk insurance, property damage, motor vehicle, and professional indemnity claims. She has a solid understanding of the procedures and risks involved in litigation and adapts to obstacles which arise in the course of...
Zacchary Carrigan
Senior Associate

Zacchary Carrigan

Zacchary Carrigan
Senior Associate

Zacchary Carrigan

Meet Zacchary

Zac is a Senior Associate within McCabes’ casualty team. He has experience handling claims across different lines of business, including public liability, property damage, professional indemnity and subrogated recoveries.  Zac has worked for all major Australian insurers and some overseas...
Michelle Sin
Lawyer

Michelle Sin

Michelle Sin
Lawyer

Michelle Sin

Meet Michelle

Michelle is a Lawyer in the Government team at McCabes. She specialises in historical institutional abuse, personal injury and public liability claims. She assists national and global insurers in litigated and non-litigated matters in the Local, District and Supreme Court....

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Alex Freeman
Partner, WA

Alex Freeman

Alex Freeman
Partner, WA

Alex Freeman

Meet Alex

Alex advises and represents workers’ compensation and general insurers and large corporate self-insurers in personal injury liability litigation, work injury claims and property damage claims. He heads McCabes WA’s workers’ compensation teams for multiple national insurers. Alex is also the...
Benjamin.Karalus_1_WEB
Principal

Benjamin Karalus

Benjamin.Karalus_1_WEB
Principal

Benjamin Karalus

Meet Benjamin

Benjamin acts exclusively for insurers providing advice on liability and indemnity issues across the spectrum of insurance products, policies and claims. Benjamin acts on behalf of insurers and self insured entities across all Australian jurisdictions. His commercial and insightful approach to...
Byron Winburn-Clarke
Partner, WA

Byron Winburn-Clarke

Byron Winburn-Clarke
Partner, WA

Byron Winburn-Clarke

Meet Byron

Byron has a wide and varied insurance practice and experience specialising in significant claims involving complex liability issues and substantial damages. His management qualifications give him a unique business understanding of insurers and their operations, and his diverse exposure to...
David Burton
Partner, WA

David Burton

David Burton
Partner, WA

David Burton

Meet David

Since 1986, David has acted exclusively for insurers and self-insureds in the defence and management of general insurance, public liability, employer’s liability, workers’ compensation and compulsory third party motor vehicle claims. He is also widely regarded as a leading practitioner...
Graeme Richards
Partner, WA

Graeme Richards

Graeme Richards
Partner, WA

Graeme Richards

Meet Graeme

Graeme is regarded as one of the foremost specialist insurance lawyers in Western Australia. He has amassed a wide, varied, and vast experience over his 40 year career and is one of the most able and effective lawyers in this...
Josephine Courtney
Partner, WA

Josephine Courtney

Josephine Courtney
Partner, WA

Josephine Courtney

Meet Josephine

Jo has extensive experience in defending insurance related claims in the personal injury, product liability and strata company liabilities, as well as experience in managing fraudulent claims requiring investigation, medical negligence and recovery claims. Her clients include many of Australia’s...
Leighton Hawkes
Principal

Leighton Hawkes

Leighton Hawkes
Principal

Leighton Hawkes

Meet Leighton

Leighton is the head of the firm’s general liability Government team, leading a dedicated team of lawyers who assist and advise government agencies in NSW across a variety of legal matters. Leighton has over 18 years’ experience in the insurance...
Michael Cooper
Principal

Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper
Principal

Michael Cooper

Meet Michael

Michael is an experienced practitioner, having been admitted to practice in July 1996. Michael specialises in defending personal injuries claims including public liability, dust diseases and workers compensation claims and section 151Z recovery claims. Michael has advised extensively on both...
Michael Poulos
Principal

Michael Poulos

Michael Poulos
Principal

Michael Poulos

Meet Michael

Michael is a senior insurance partner with extensive experience gained over 20 years, during which he has led teams in Private and Government insurance practices. He has extensive litigation management and advice skills and manages a portfolio of catastrophic, severe...
Paul Garnon
Principal

Paul Garnon

Paul Garnon
Principal

Paul Garnon

Meet Paul

Paul specialises in insurance claims resolution with an emphasis on professional indemnity, financial lines, public risk insurance and ISR. Paul is an insurance litigation specialist with over 25 years experience advising on all types of insurance across all lines.  He has extensive...
Peter Ford
Principal

Peter Ford

Peter Ford
Principal

Peter Ford

Meet Peter

Peter has been instrumental in building and maintaining key client relationships that have contributed to the growth of the firms’ liability practice. For example, Peter has worked with one of McCabes’ major clients, for over 35 years. Peter understands the...
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Principal

Peter Miller

Peter-Miller_JOW-180810-0875
Principal

Peter Miller

Meet Peter

Peter is a highly respected legal practitioner with 18 years’ experience in the insurance industry. Peter’s specialist general liability practice includes public liability personal injury claims arising from incidents involving licensed premises, sporting bodies (professional and amateur), shopping centres, local...

Meet our people

Amanda Kmetyk
Principal

Amanda Kmetyk

Amanda Kmetyk
Principal

Amanda Kmetyk

Meet Amanda

Amanda is a principal at McCabes and is a leading provider of legal advice to government. By knowing government, Amanda is able to identify key issues and focus upon providing legal advice that is specialised and nuanced. With a background...
Andrew Howard
Senior Associate

Andrew Howard

Andrew Howard
Senior Associate

Andrew Howard

Meet Andrew

Andrew’s experience includes advising major Australian insurers, as well as London-based syndicates, across a broad range of insurance law matters. In particular, Andrew focusses on providing advice on public liability claims occurring in relation to pubs and clubs. Andrew approaches...
Rebecca Gracie
Associate

Rebecca Gracie

Rebecca Gracie
Associate

Rebecca Gracie

Meet Rebecca

Rebecca is an Associate in the Government team. She specialises in intentional tort and personal injury and property damage claims before the Local, District and Supreme Courts of NSW. Rebecca was admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of...

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Meet our people

Amanda Kmetyk
Principal

Amanda Kmetyk

Amanda Kmetyk
Principal

Amanda Kmetyk

Meet Amanda

Amanda is a principal at McCabes and is a leading provider of legal advice to government. By knowing government, Amanda is able to identify key issues and focus upon providing legal advice that is specialised and nuanced. With a background...
Andrew Lacey
Managing Principal

Andrew Lacey

Andrew Lacey
Managing Principal

Andrew Lacey

Meet Andrew

Andrew is recognised as a leading Australian commercial litigator. He is the Managing Principal at McCabes and heads the litigation and dispute resolution group. His experience in commercial litigation and dispute resolution spans a broad range of jurisdictions and industries. Andrew acts...
Chiara Rawlins
Principal

Chiara Rawlins

Chiara Rawlins
Principal

Chiara Rawlins

Meet Chiara

Chiara is a Principal in the McCabes litigation and dispute resolution group.  Her expertise covers commercial and general litigation and dispute resolution across a broad range of industries. Chiara has acted for major manufacturers, property developers, financial institutions, engineering companies and...
Kristine Gorgievski
Special Counsel

Kristine Gorgievski

Kristine Gorgievski
Special Counsel

Kristine Gorgievski

Meet Kristine

Kristine completed her Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce degrees at the University of New South Wales and was admitted into practice in April 2008. Kristine works in the insurance division of the general liability team.  She has experience litigating...
Nathan Jones
Special Counsel

Nathan Jones

Nathan Jones
Special Counsel

Nathan Jones

Meet Nathan

Nathan is an accomplished practitioner in the area of commercial litigation and dispute resolution and has practised exclusively in this area since his admission in 2005. From 2006 to 2008, Nathan gained initial experience in dispute resolution and litigation in Canberra,...
Andrew Howard
Senior Associate

Andrew Howard

Andrew Howard
Senior Associate

Andrew Howard

Meet Andrew

Andrew’s experience includes advising major Australian insurers, as well as London-based syndicates, across a broad range of insurance law matters. In particular, Andrew focusses on providing advice on public liability claims occurring in relation to pubs and clubs. Andrew approaches...

Meet our people

Alex Freeman
Partner, WA

Alex Freeman

Alex Freeman
Partner, WA

Alex Freeman

Meet Alex

Alex advises and represents workers’ compensation and general insurers and large corporate self-insurers in personal injury liability litigation, work injury claims and property damage claims. He heads McCabes WA’s workers’ compensation teams for multiple national insurers. Alex is also the...
Benjamin.Karalus_1_WEB
Principal

Benjamin Karalus

Benjamin.Karalus_1_WEB
Principal

Benjamin Karalus

Meet Benjamin

Benjamin acts exclusively for insurers providing advice on liability and indemnity issues across the spectrum of insurance products, policies and claims. Benjamin acts on behalf of insurers and self insured entities across all Australian jurisdictions. His commercial and insightful approach to...
Brian Trist
Principal

Brian Trist

Brian Trist
Principal

Brian Trist

Meet Brian

Brian is a knowledgeable insurance practitioner who advises major insurance clients on matters including litigated claims, non-litigated claims, complicated indemnity matters, commercially sensitive matters, claims handling and claims resolution strategies. Brian has experience in a broad range of subject matters...
Byron Winburn-Clarke
Partner, WA

Byron Winburn-Clarke

Byron Winburn-Clarke
Partner, WA

Byron Winburn-Clarke

Meet Byron

Byron has a wide and varied insurance practice and experience specialising in significant claims involving complex liability issues and substantial damages. His management qualifications give him a unique business understanding of insurers and their operations, and his diverse exposure to...
Leighton Hawkes
Principal

Leighton Hawkes

Leighton Hawkes
Principal

Leighton Hawkes

Meet Leighton

Leighton is the head of the firm’s general liability Government team, leading a dedicated team of lawyers who assist and advise government agencies in NSW across a variety of legal matters. Leighton has over 18 years’ experience in the insurance...
Paul Garnon
Principal

Paul Garnon

Paul Garnon
Principal

Paul Garnon

Meet Paul

Paul specialises in insurance claims resolution with an emphasis on professional indemnity, financial lines, public risk insurance and ISR. Paul is an insurance litigation specialist with over 25 years experience advising on all types of insurance across all lines.  He has extensive...
Priya Paquet
Principal

Priya Paquet

Priya Paquet
Principal

Priya Paquet

Meet Priya

Priya is an experienced practitioner having started her legal career acting exclusively for insurers. Priya has extensive experience in providing advice to insurers in relation to large losses, fraud and indemnity issues. Her experience in general insurance extends to Commercial...
Scott Kennedy
Principal

Scott Kennedy

Scott Kennedy
Principal

Scott Kennedy

Meet Scott

Scott has 26 years of experience, advising on contractual indemnities, third-party damage under Industrial Special Risk, machinery, delay-in-start-up, liability and professional indemnity policies, business interruption, saturated soils, and LEG exclusions. Scott’s experience has seen him rank in the Australian Financial...
Kate Blue
Special Counsel

Kate Blue

Kate Blue
Special Counsel

Kate Blue

Meet Kate

Kate is an insurance specialist lawyer who is well known for her in-depth knowledge and experience. Kate’s focus is on reaching the quickest settlement and most effective outcome in each case. In order to achieve this, Kate utilises her strong...
Paul.Dalligan_1_WEB
Special Counsel

Paul Dalligan

Paul.Dalligan_1_WEB
Special Counsel

Paul Dalligan

Meet Paul

Paul acts for insurers primarily in the area of recoveries and settlements.  Paul is an experienced litigator across all Australian States and jurisdictions, also advising insurers on strategic initiatives in claims management strategies. Paul was admitted to practice as a...
Mark Frewen-Lord
Senior Associate

Mark Frewen-Lord

Mark Frewen-Lord
Senior Associate

Mark Frewen-Lord

Meet Mark

Mark has over six years of experience specialising in insurance encompassing personal injury, public liability, professional indemnity, compulsory third party, construction, property and recovery claims for insurers, self-insurers, underwiters and brokers. Throughout this time, Mark has prepared for and appeared...
Shauntelle.Lim_1_WEB
Senior Associate

Shauntelle Lim

Shauntelle.Lim_1_WEB
Senior Associate

Shauntelle Lim

Meet Shauntelle

Shauntelle has over 15 years’ experience working in the insurance industry and joined the McCabes Melbourne team in 2019. Shauntelle acts predominantly for insurers and self-insureds, providing advice on indemnity, liability and resolution strategies on a range of insurance products,...

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