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Medical Negligence

The McCabes health care and clinical negligence group provide a complete range of professional indemnity services, backed by more than two decades of work with government agencies.

Our group has a comprehensive understanding in this area that has seen us successfully represent government clients on various claims, from alleged professional misconduct to lack of competence and impairment. We understand the significant penalties medical practitioners face in these circumstances, and our clients are assured in the experience and expertise we provide.

We have represented government agencies, including NSW Ministry of Health, on matters including:

Coronial inquests and inquiries in the Coroner’s Court of NSW

Civil claims in the District and Supreme Court of NSW

Clinical negligence claims regarding antenatal testing, wrongful birth, cerebral palsy and other types of catastrophic injury

Breach of privacy and anti-discrimination claims in the Administrative Decisions Tribunal

Appeals to the Court of Appeal of NSW and the High Court of Australia.

Our group also has a comprehensive understanding on the workings of government and the interplay among its various agencies, authorities and corporations. We have a demonstrated ability to apply government policies and directives in a meaningful way. This includes working alongside agencies, such as NSW Ministry of Health, advising on significant policy and legislative changes and developments as they occurred.

Expertise

  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Coronial
  • Medical Negligence
  • Regulatory and Disciplinary Matters

We provide bespoke advice and excellent solutions. Whether you have a general question, feedback or seek legal counsel, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Meet our people

Cathy Hogan
Principal

Cathy Hogan

Cathy Hogan
Principal

Cathy Hogan

Meet Cathy

Cathy’s significant experience includes managing and advising on the defence of catastrophic claims and politically sensitive matters including coronial enquiries with high media exposure. Prior to joining GILD as a Legal Manager in 2002, Cathy was a Special Counsel with...
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...
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...
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...
Rebecca Freeman
Consultant

Rebecca Freeman

Rebecca Freeman
Consultant

Rebecca Freeman

Meet Rebecca

Rebecca is a Consultant with McCabes commercial insurance team. She was admitted to practice in Western Australia in 1989 and has practised in the Supreme, Federal and District Courts. Rebecca has experience in handing a wide range of professional negligence...
Andrew Bridges-Webb
Special Counsel

Andrew Bridges-Webb

Andrew Bridges-Webb
Special Counsel

Andrew Bridges-Webb

Meet Andrew

Andrew has 20 years of experience working as a solicitor for major insurance companies. Andrew’s specialist experience has been in insurance litigation, principally in the areas of professional indemnity, medical negligence, public liability and worker’s compensation.  Andrew has extensive experience...
Leanne Irwin
Special Counsel

Leanne Irwin

Leanne Irwin
Special Counsel

Leanne Irwin

Meet Leanne

Leanne specialises in medical negligence litigation in the Supreme and District Courts of New South Wales. Leanne has worked in specialist medical negligence practices for more than 11 years acting for hospitals and doctors.  In addition Leanne has acted for...
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,...
Ashleigh Clancy
Senior Associate

Ashleigh Clancy

Ashleigh Clancy
Senior Associate

Ashleigh Clancy

Meet Ashleigh

Ashleigh has extensive experience advising on and acting in the defence of complex medical negligence claims across a range of medical specialities including birth trauma, spinal, orthopaedics, blood virus, emergency medicine, gynaecology, radiology, oncology, cardiology and psychiatric injuries. She has...
Helen McHugh
Senior Associate

Helen McHugh

Helen McHugh
Senior Associate

Helen McHugh

Meet Helen

Helen specialises in general insurance litigation with over 10 years’ experience as a defendant insurance litigation lawyer. She is committed to providing high-quality, cost-effective legal services to her clients with particular focus on early resolution and excellent outcomes. In 2018,...
Tain Moxham
Senior Associate

Tain Moxham

Tain Moxham
Senior Associate

Tain Moxham

Meet Tain

Tain utilises her extensive CTP experience to act as an advocate for her clients, leading them towards the swift and commercial settlement of claims. She has a strong technical understanding of the CTP claims process and is adept at providing...

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