Belinda is a Consultant in our Insurance & Health team and is based in the Perth office.
‘I began my career in marine and transport law but was soon drawn to commercial insurance litigation work. I found I liked helping professionals, as well as the team aspect of litigation work, especially collaborating with clients and counsel on major cases.’
An insurance and commercial litigator with over 20 years experience, Belinda specialises in:
- Complex commercial insurance litigation (including class actions)
- Professional indemnity claims
- Financial lines claims (including directors’ and officers’ liability (D&O))
Belinda has special expertise in acting as defence counsel and coverage counsel in class actions arising out of the collapse of managed investment schemes. She was part of the defence team that acted for the liquidators of the Great Southern Group in a year-long trial in the Supreme Court of Victoria, where a settlement after trial was approved on grounds including the inevitable dismissal of all claims against the company.
Belinda has defended numerous professional negligence claims in the Supreme Courts of Western Australia and Victoria, the Federal Court, the County Court of Victoria, VCAT, SAT and the High Court against clients such as:
- Financial advisers
- Real estate agents.
She has also acted on product liability claims involving multi party litigation in the New South Wales Supreme Court and Federal Court relating to fibreglass swimming pools and on instructions from insurers and statutory corporations in significant bushfire claims.
Belinda also provides her clients with policy interpretation and advice in the areas of professional indemnity, management liability, D&O, investment management and cyber liability.
‘I believe that my clients appreciate both my technical skills and my experience of working on a wide variety of claims. I think they also like that I’m focused on clear communication and responsiveness.’
Belinda has been recognised in Best Lawyers for Insurance Law since 2020, and in 2017, she was listed as one of Expert Guides’ Rising Stars for Insurance and Reinsurance (Australia). She is also listed as one of Western Australia's Recommended Professional Indemnity Lawyers in the 2023 edition of Doyle's Guide.
‘I think that Barry Nilsson is particularly attractive for clients for a few reasons. First, it’s focused on insurance, so it keeps claims managers, brokers and underwriters at the centre of the picture. Second, it has excellent instincts for client care. Finally, we’re a dynamic and progressive firm that is always focused on finding the best outcomes for our clients.’