Kate Lawford

Special Counsel

Insurance & Health

Kate is a Special Counsel in our Insurance and Health team and is based in our Melbourne office.

Kate specialises in:

  • Professional indemnity
  • Complex claims.

Additionally she has considerable experience in construction disputes, coverage disputes and management liability claims.

Kate’s clients have included most of Australia’s largest general insurers as well as a large number of Lloyd’s syndicates. She has acted for a range of professionals and professional bodies including engineers, building surveyors, architects, insurance brokers, real estate agents, accountants and conveyancers. Kate has particular experience in large-scale construction disputes and defamation, as well as providing advice on policy coverage and risk management.

“Professional negligence claims often involve a complex factual matrix in which multiple things have gone wrong. I enjoy working through the legal issues to get to the heart of the dispute and working to find a sensible and practical resolution.”
“I enjoy working with insurance clients because it is a professional, collaborative relationship in which both parties have important knowledge and experience to bring to the table and can work together to determine the best way forward to resolve a dispute.”
“I was attracted to Barry Nilsson by its specialist expertise in professional indemnity claims and reputation for being a great place to work.”

Kate has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. She is a member of the LIV and Women in Insurance and the Australian Insurance Law Association.

  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice

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