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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...
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...
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...
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...
Ryan Dorahy
Senior Associate

Ryan Dorahy

Ryan Dorahy
Senior Associate

Ryan Dorahy

Meet Ryan

Ryan was admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW in August 2015. Prior to joining McCabes, Ryan gained experience working for insurers and government in areas including public liability and professional indemnity. Ryan has had experience in matters involving insurance...
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...
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Associate

Monika Matesa

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Associate

Monika Matesa

Meet Monika

Monika is an associate in the firm’s Insurance and Government teams. She graduated from the University of Western Sydney (as it then was) in 2013 with a combined Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Applied Finance). She was admitted...

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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...
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...
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...
Brendan Maher
Consultant

Brendan Maher

Brendan Maher
Consultant

Brendan Maher

Meet Brendan

As a specialist in complex and catastrophic work injury damages, Brendan provides expert advice to clients facing some of the most densely detail-heavy matters around. But with a focus built on over 30 years of experience, it’s these problems that...
Bruce Kent
Consultant

Bruce Kent

Bruce Kent
Consultant

Bruce Kent

Meet Bruce

Bruce is a highly skilled insurance lawyer with over 30 years of representing insurers across personal injury claims, high value product liability claims, professional indemnity, maritime and life product classes. His experience includes management of catastrophic and serious injury claims,...
Karl Maakasa
Special Counsel

Karl Maakasa

Karl Maakasa
Special Counsel

Karl Maakasa

Meet Karl

With 10 years of experience, Karl is an insurance law specialist, having acted in relation to a wide range of claims in work injury damages, common law, physical and psychological injuries, section 151Z recoveries, industrial deafness, and fraud. Karl has...
Saliha Rafiqi
Lawyer

Saliha Rafiqi

Saliha Rafiqi
Lawyer

Saliha Rafiqi

Meet Saliha

Saliha is a lawyer in McCabes insurance division, having joined as a graduate in 2020. Saliha has experience in worker’s compensation, public liability, personal injury, employment law and common law claims. She assists various national insurers in claims management and...

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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...
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...
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 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...
David Chong
Special Counsel

David Chong

David Chong
Special Counsel

David Chong

Meet David

David has built an excellent reputation in the area of asbestos and dust diseases claims. His focus on representing employers, insurers, owner occupiers, major manufacturers, and reinsurers across a broad range of jurisdictions, including the High Court of Australia, has...
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...
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,...

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Richard.Johnson-1_WEB2
Principal

Richard Johnson

Richard.Johnson-1_WEB2
Principal

Richard Johnson

Meet Richard

Richard has practised solely in insurance law for over 15 years, with specialities in personal injury, workers liability, owners corporation management liability, life science and property damage.  Richard regularly provides advice to insurers relating to complex indemnity issues.  He is...
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:...
Adrian.Lee_1_WEB
Senior Associate

Adrian Lee

Adrian.Lee_1_WEB
Senior Associate

Adrian Lee

Meet Adrian

Adrian is an outcome focused lawyer who has practised exclusively in the general liability space since commencing his career with a high profile Melbourne based personal injury firm in 2014. Adrian acts for insurers across a broad range of liability...
Ryan Dorahy
Senior Associate

Ryan Dorahy

Ryan Dorahy
Senior Associate

Ryan Dorahy

Meet Ryan

Ryan was admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW in August 2015. Prior to joining McCabes, Ryan gained experience working for insurers and government in areas including public liability and professional indemnity. Ryan has had experience in matters involving insurance...

Meet our people

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...
Justin Dyson
Partner, WA

Justin Dyson

Justin Dyson
Partner, WA

Justin Dyson

Meet Justin

Justin represents both insurers and self-insureds across a wide range of workers’ compensation matters, from smaller claims involving technical issues such as calculation of the correct rate of weekly payments, through to catastrophic injuries involving complex factual disputes. He also...
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...
Bruce Kent
Consultant

Bruce Kent

Bruce Kent
Consultant

Bruce Kent

Meet Bruce

Bruce is a highly skilled insurance lawyer with over 30 years of representing insurers across personal injury claims, high value product liability claims, professional indemnity, maritime and life product classes. His experience includes management of catastrophic and serious injury claims,...

Meet our people

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...
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...
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-Miller_JOW-180810-0875
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...
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...
Richard.Johnson-1_WEB2
Principal

Richard Johnson

Richard.Johnson-1_WEB2
Principal

Richard Johnson

Meet Richard

Richard has practised solely in insurance law for over 15 years, with specialities in personal injury, workers liability, owners corporation management liability, life science and property damage.  Richard regularly provides advice to insurers relating to complex indemnity issues.  He is...
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...
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:...
Anthony Basile
Partner, WA

Tony Basile

Anthony Basile
Partner, WA

Tony Basile

Meet Tony

Tony has acted solely for insurers since 1987 and has acquired an ability to quickly identify relevant issues and to develop strategies working with insurers to achieve strong commercial and economic resolution of matters. Tony advises on a wide range...
Sally Morshead
Consultant

Sally Morshead

Sally Morshead
Consultant

Sally Morshead

Meet Sally

Sally has a broad range of insurance experience and has acted for insurance companies, private companies and publicly listed companies. Sally has experience in property damage, professional indemnity, public risk insurance and damage from defective products, with a focus on construction matters...

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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...
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...
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-Miller_JOW-180810-0875
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...
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...
Richard.Johnson-1_WEB2
Principal

Richard Johnson

Richard.Johnson-1_WEB2
Principal

Richard Johnson

Meet Richard

Richard has practised solely in insurance law for over 15 years, with specialities in personal injury, workers liability, owners corporation management liability, life science and property damage.  Richard regularly provides advice to insurers relating to complex indemnity issues.  He is...
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...
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:...
Anthony Basile
Partner, WA

Tony Basile

Anthony Basile
Partner, WA

Tony Basile

Meet Tony

Tony has acted solely for insurers since 1987 and has acquired an ability to quickly identify relevant issues and to develop strategies working with insurers to achieve strong commercial and economic resolution of matters. Tony advises on a wide range...

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...
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...
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...
Matthew McDonald
Principal

Matthew McDonald

Matthew McDonald
Principal

Matthew McDonald

Meet Matthew

Matthew has over 20 years of experience conducting matters on behalf of the insurance industry, specialising in the areas of public risk insurance, damage from defective products, and professional negligence Matthew acts on behalf of general insurers, employers, self-insured entities,...
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...
Peter-Miller_JOW-180810-0875
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...

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