Erin Giles

Director

Erin is an experienced insurance lawyer who specialises in insurance litigation with an emphasis on Common Law Liability Claims, Public Liability and Dust Diseases litigation.

Erin joined the firm in 2009 and was appointed a Director at Rankin Ellison Lawyers in 2019. Erin specialises in insurance litigation. With strong advocacy skills and vast expertise in conducting matters in multiple jurisdictions, she is consistently achieving positive results for her 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. She also has extensive experience working on Catastrophic Claims involving fatalities, brain injuries and severe physical injuries, including quadriplegia and amputation.

Approachable and available to all clients, Erin provides informal advice and assistance on every aspect of effective claim management. When appropriate, she ensures a focus on alternative dispute resolution to achieve efficient and commercial outcomes that reduce overall claims cost.

Achievements

  • 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.
  • 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.

Memberships & Admissions

  • NSW Law Society – Member
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW, 2013
  • Admitted to the High Court of Australia, 2016
  • Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Newcastle Law Society
  • Women Lawyers Association of NSW

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws, Macquarie University
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, College of Law

Recent Awards

  • Leading Dust Diseases Lawyers – NSW – Doyles Guide 2019
  • Leading Compulsory Third Party Insurance Lawyers – NSW – Doyles Guide 2019