Erin Giles - Special Counsel

Erin commenced employment with the firm in August 2009. She was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2013 and admitted as a Solicitor of the High Court in 2016. Erin specialises in insurance litigation with an emphasis on motor vehicle, public liability and common law liability claims.

 

Erin has strong advocacy skills and is experienced in conducting matters in multiple jurisdictions, consistently achieving positive results for clients. Erin has acted on instructions from insurance companies in multi-party actions involving complex liability and indemnity issues, and matters which require assessment of damages by reference to the interplay between competing legislative schemes, together with interpretation of various insurance policies and exclusion clauses. Erin has extensive experience working on catastrophic claims involving fatalities, brain injuries and severe physical injuries, including quadriplegia and amputation.

 

Erin is available and approachable to clients, providing informal advice and assistance about how to effectively manage all aspects of claims. When appropriate, Erin ensures a focus on alternative dispute resolution to effect efficient and commercial resolutions of suitable claims to reduce overall claims cost.


Some of Erin's particular achievements include:

  • · Significant experience in pleading fraud in the context of CTP claims and being successful in obtaining a Verdict for the Defendant and an indemnity costs order, and on Appeal.
  • · Acting in catastrophic CTP claims involving fatalities, children and severe injuries including brain damage, quadriplegia and amputations.
  • · Providing advice and acting for Insurers in interstate matters, such as recovery matters relating to Commonwealth employers.
  • · Successfully conducting litigation involving complex issues as to dual insurance and enforcing contractual obligations between insurance companies.
  • · Advising clients on complex indemnity and contractual issues.
  • · Drafting of complex pleadings and cross claims, and preparing for and running hearings in multiple jurisdictions.
  • · Acting for scheme insurers and self-insurers in the context of workers compensation and work injury damages claims.
  • · Exposure to and liaison with the Lifetime Care and Support Authority, including the review and appeals process.
  • · When taking Judgment in a District Court matter, Erin successfully defeated Counsel in relation to costs arguments which led to the Plaintiff’s entitlement to costs being significantly restricted.

 

  • Areas of Expertise

· Insurance Litigation

· Defence Litigation

· Recoveries

· Catastrophic Claims

· Statutory Claims

 

Memberships & Admissions

· NSW Law Society – Member

· Admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW in 2013

· Admitted to the High Court of Australia in 2016

 

Qualifications

· Bachelor of Laws, Macquarie University

· Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, College of Law

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