Invited Speakers

The Hon Chief Justice James Allsop AO,
Federal Court of Australia

From 1981 to 2001 Chief Justice Allsop practised at the Bar in New South Wales and elsewhere in Australia. He was appointed Senior Counsel in New South Wales in 1994 and Queen’s Counsel in Western Australia in 1998.
From 7 May 2001 to 1 June 2008 he served as a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, undertaking the roles of trial and appellate judge on a full range of Federal Court work. From 2 June 2008 to 28 February 2013, Chief Justice Allsop was President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia as of 1 March 2013.
From 1981 to 2014 Chief Justice Allsop taught part-time at the University of Sydney as a tutor and lecturer in property, equity, bankruptcy, insolvency, corporate finance and maritime law. From 2015 to 2018 he taught maritime law part-time at the University of Queensland. From 2005-2009, he was a member of the board of World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden. From 2008 to 2011 he was a member of the Board of the Australian Maritime College. On January 2010, he was elected as an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple. On 19 March 2013 he was elected a member of the American Law Institute. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. He is President of the Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History. From 2018 he was appointed Inaugural Patron of the Australian Insurance Law Association.

Rob Anderson QC

Rob Anderson QC is a barrister at Level Twenty Seven Chambers in Brisbane and an Interstate Member of Francis Burt Chambers in Perth. He is an experienced and versatile trial and appellate advocate, appearing in proceedings in the High Court and trial and appellate divisions of the Federal Court and the Supreme Courts of Queensland, Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.
He acts in a wide range of commercial matters, with insurance and professional negligence as areas of particular focus. He is also recognised as one of the leading Australian barristers practising in media and defamation matters by Doyle’s Guide and the Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers and recently appeared in high-profile defamation proceedings involving various media companies in relation to radio and television broadcasts concerning the 2011 Grantham Floods. In addition to his busy litigation practice, Rob is an experienced mediator.

Anna Baker

Solicitor - SRB Legal
Having moved from Ireland to Perth in 2013, Anna has practiced exclusively in insurance law, working predominantly in liability related claims. Anna was admitted as a Lawyer to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2016 and since winning the Ron Shorter Award, has very recently commenced working at SRB Legal to join their general liability team, specializing in a broad range of liability claims.
Outside of work, Anna enjoys playing soccer and going to the gym. She is particularly looking forward to the end of the year when she leaves for her trip to Ireland, New York and Vanuatu.

The Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO,
President, Court of Appeal of New South Wales

The Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO attended the Sydney Law School graduating with Honours in Law in 1974 and was admitted to the New South Wales Bar on 14 March 1975. She was appointed Queens Counsel in 1989. In 1993, she was appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, the first woman to sit exclusively in that Court. In 1996 her Honour was the first woman appointed to the New South Wales Court of Appeal and in March 2013 was appointed President of the Court of Appeal. She is Chairperson of the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law, Patron of the Toongabbie Legal Centre, President of the Arts Law Centre of Australia and a member of the Expert Reference Group for the Australian Human Rights Commission’s project on human rights and technology.
Her Honour was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List on 12 June 2006 for service to the judiciary and the law, particularly through contributions to professional and ethical standards and to the advancement of women in the legal profession and the community. In May 2008 her Honour was awarded Doctor of Laws honoris causa (Hon LLD) by the University of Sydney. In 2012, she was named as one of the inaugural Australian Financial Review/Westpac 100 Women of Influence.

Dallas Booth

Dallas Booth is Chief Executive Officer of the National Insurance Brokers Association of Australia (NIBA), and has been in this role since July 2011. Dallas leads NIBA’s industry representation efforts, and promotes the role and professionalism of brokers to governments, regulators, businesses and the broader community. NIBA also provides a wide range of opportunities for brokers, insurers and other stakeholders to meet, network and learn.
Dallas is a lawyer by training, and has worked in and around insurance for many years. He held senior positions at the Insurance Council of Australia for 8 years, and also managed asbestos compensation for the James Hardie companies for 4 ½ years. Dallas was heavily involved in the design and operation of a policyholder protection scheme to provide assistance to victims of the failure of HIH insurance – Australia’s second largest general insurance company at the time. Dallas is admitted as a Barrister at Law in New South Wales, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Bruce Buckley

Principal Specialist – Meteorology & Climate – IAG Natural Perils
B App Sc (Applied Physics), Grad Dip Met (Meteorology), M Sc (Atmospheric Science), PhD (Atmospheric Science)
Adjunct Professor, Curtin University
Bruce is a very senior meteorologist and climatologist with 41 years’ experience. He has been involved in IAG Reinsurance’s Natural Perils and Climate Change Research, including development of hail, tropical cyclone and flood models, as well as the significant weather reporting. His key areas of interest include tropical cyclones, severe thunderstorms, including hail storms, mid latitude extreme weather systems and climate change issues. He has had prior experience working for the Bureau of Meteorology in various roles in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, the United Nations Development Program and Austrade in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as Chief Meteorologist for The Weather Channel and The Weather Company, as well as an environmental advisor for BHP. He has been involved in climate change research with IAG, Woodside Energy and Rio Tinto. He has co-authored five books and has numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications. He is an Adjunct Professor at Curtin University and was Team Meteorologist for the Australian Sailing Team’s very successful London and Rio Olympics and Paralympics campaigns.

Kelly Butler

Cyber Practice Leader, Pacific Region - Marsh & McLennan
Kelly is the Cyber Practice Leader in the Pacific region for Marsh & McLennan Companies and oversees client advisory and placement services for cyber risk throughout the Pacific. Kelly also serves as the senior cyber advisor for Marsh’s largest clients. Kelly has over 20 years insurance experience gained in Australia, New Zealand and the UK with the last 8 years spent designing financial lines insurance programs for large corporate and publicly listed clients. Kelly has extensive knowledge of Cyber, Directors and Officers Liability, Professional Indemnity, Crime insurances products.

Mark Civitella

CPartner, Insurance Mills Oakley
Mark Civitella is a partner at national law firm Mills Oakley and leads the firm's Perth insurance practice. Mark has over two decades of experience as an insurance litigator. He is a preferred advisor to several Australian and global insurance companies and a number of self insured companies and groups. As a member of the Law Society's Personal Injuries & Workers' Compensation Committee and WorkCover WA's Conciliation & Arbitration Service User Group, Mark is actively involved in representing stakeholders' interests when it comes to insurance related law reform and scheme changes. Workers' compensation psychiatric injury claims are a growing area of Mark's practice and in the past three years he has presented to many employers and industry groups in WA on the prevention and handling of such claims. Mark is endorsed by several respected industry Directories, including 'Doyle's Guide' and 'Best Lawyers in Australia'.

Emma Curtis

Emma Curtis is Group Senior Manager - Insurance, in the Australian Securities and Investments Commission's stakeholder team - Deposit Takers, Credit and Insurers (DCI), and manages a team of managers and specialists. ASIC is Australia's corporate, markets and financial services regulator. A key strategic priority of ASIC is to promote investor and financial consumer trust and confidence. The DCI team has primary responsibility for the conduct oversight of insurance companies (life and general), retail banks, credit unions, building societies, credit providers, mortgage brokers and other credit intermediaries in Australia. Emma has oversight of the life and general insurance work undertaken by the DCI team.
Prior to joining ASIC in 2009, Emma held senior in-house legal roles in various financial services firms engaged in banking, life and general insurance, and funds management. Emma has practised as a lawyer for over 20 years, working in a prominent Sydney law firm, and then moving into senior in-house legal and compliance roles. Emma has a Master of Law and Management from the University of New South Wales, and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Sydney.

Justice Sarah Derrington

President of the Australian Law Reform Commission
Prior to her appointment to the Federal Court, Justice Derrington was the Dean of Law at the University of Queensland and a barrister specialised in maritime and shipping law, general commercial law and arbitration. Her doctorate was in the field of marine insurance law. With James M Turner QC of the English Bar, she co-authored The Law and Practice of Admiralty Matters, now in its second edition (OUP, 2016).
Justice Derrington is a Past President of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ) and continues to represent Australia and New Zealand in various international working groups of the Comité Maritime International (CMI), of which she was appointed a Titular Member in 2016. Between 2012 and 2017, she served on the board of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). She has been a member of the Admiralty Rules Committee since 2006, and continues to serve on the Councils of the Australian Maritime College (AMC) and the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM). She was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Law in 2009 and of the Nautical Institute in 2013.

Susan Donaldson

Head of Claims for Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance
Based in Sydney, Susan is responsible for setting claims strategy and managing claims performance for BHSI in Australia. She is a member of the Australia Leadership Team and Global Claims Leadership Team.Susan joined BHSI at its opening in Australia in March 2015 and has built an exceptional claims team across BHSI’s many and varied lines of business. Delivering on BHSI’s “claims is our product” message, the claims team provide a prompt and empathetic claims experience to BHSI’s customers. Susan began her career as a legal practitioner with Moray & Agnew, prior to moving to claims management roles in specialty and liability lines with Chubb and Zurich. Susan is active in the insurance industry and regularly presents with the Australia Insurance Law Association and the Australia Professional Indemnity Group. She is also involved in mentoring programs for young professionals.

Paul D. Evans

Paul D. Evans joined the firm in 2017. Prior to joining the firm, Paul was the State Solicitor for Western Australia for 5 years. Prior to this role, Paul was a senior partner in the Perth office of Herbert Smith Freehills. Paul is one of the leading disputes lawyers in WA. Paul has been advising clients in large commercial disputes for over 30 years (24 of them as a litigation partner of Freehills). The focus of his practice lies in supporting the achievement of commercial and political objectives by employing the gamut of dispute resolution tools. He specialises in corporations law, competition and economic law, and complex disputes. He is also an Adjunct Professor with Murdoch School of Law. In his role as the State Solicitor, Paul has been responsible for the Bell Litigation. The Bell Litigation is one of Australia’s most complex and longest running disputes. The main proceedings ran for nearly 20 years and were settled not long ago. The parties are now back in a series of disputes over the distribution of the $1.8 billion settlement.

Dr Mark Giancaspro

Dr Mark Giancaspro is a Lecturer and practising commercial lawyer at the University of Adelaide Law School. He holds an honours degree in Laws and Legal Practice from Flinders University and a PhD from the University of Adelaide. His legal employment background and research interests are both primarily commercial, with issues in contract law and its various applications being his principal theme.

Mark teaches in contract law, commercial law, operational commercial law and sports law, and has published widely on matters including issues with the formation and renegotiation of contracts, the doctrine of consideration, and smart contracts. He currently practices through the Law School’s Legal Advice Service in the Adelaide Magistrates Court and is a member of the Adelaide University Research Unit on Military Law & Ethics’ (RUMLAE) commercial law division.

Tim Hammond

Tim is a barrister who specialises in representing victims of asbestos disease, institutional abuse and medical negligence claims, as well as workplace and catastrophic injury cases. Tim also advises and appears regularly in employment & industrial relations matters. Formerly the Federal Member for Perth from 2016 - 2018, Tim was also the Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs and Shadow Minister Assisting in Resources during his time in Parliament. Tim has practiced as a barrister since 2010. Before going to the bar, Tim was a lawyer with Slater & Gordon, initially in Perth and then Melbourne, specialising in major project / class action litigation, before returning to Perth, where he was made a partner of the firm and worked predominantly in the field of asbestos litigation.
Tim is married with three young children. When not working or hanging out with his kids, Tim’s hobbies include running, making Honey-Joys and attempting to perfect the art of the low-and-slow charcoal BBQ.

Nigel Hardy

Security Practice Lead at Kinetic IT
Nigel Hardy is a highly accomplished IT and cyber security professional, with over 20 years’ experience across global professional services, telecommunications, health, and resources industries. With both broad and deep expertise spanning technical consulting, security strategy, risk management and program management, Nigel is adept at providing both business and technical guidance and delivering upon clear, pragmatic strategies.
Based in Perth, Western Australia, Nigel manages Kinetic IT’s Security Consulting Practice, delivering engagements across all industries and geographies of the company’s customer base. He is accountable for service delivery across Kinetic IT’s cyber capabilities including GRC, Technical Security Assurance, Incident Response and Business Continuity Management, and has had the privilege of working on some of Australia’s most recognised projects in his chosen domain.
Nigel knows the key to delivering optimisation and efficiencies within an organisation is to first gain true insight and a keen understanding of the business’ value drivers. He has established a strong and widely endorsed reputation for identifying underlying issues and maximising opportunities to achieve tangible measurable benefits and improved security postures for his clients.
Nigel is highly qualified, a PRINCE2 Practitioner and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Science. Nigel is a member of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), is a fellow of the Linnean Society of London and is an organiser of national security forum, SecTalks, as well as Western Australia’s largest security conference, BSides Perth.

Rick Howe, B.Sc.(Eng.), Dip.F.P.

Deputy Chief Executive - Insurance Commission of Western Australia
Mr Howe joined the Insurance Commission in February 2015. He has more than twenty five years experience in senior executive roles in the broader financial services sector, including fifteen years working in general insurance. Previous roles included General Manager Insurance at ANZ and Chief Manager, Distribution for Westpac’s insurance business. Mr Howe is accountable for the bulk of the insurance operations of the Insurance Commission, covering the WA Motor Injury Insurance scheme and the RiskCover Fund, as well as the Intelligence & Investigations and Business Services functions. Mr. Howe is also a member of the Road Safety Council representing the Insurance Commission.

Angus Kench

Vice President Claims – Asia Pacific, Liberty International Underwriters
National President – Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA)

Angus is currently the Vice President, Casualty, Workers Compensation & Crisis Management Claims – Asia Pacific for Liberty International Underwriters. He is also the current National President of AILA. Angus is passionate about the insurance industry and how it provides the protection for individuals and business to prosper. Having worked across various facets of business, he brings a unique capability to apply diverse insights to drive optimum outcomes. Angus has over 25 years of commercial and insurance experience including 18 years leading a casualty claims management, adjusting and investigation business. He has managed casualty claims and litigation across a wide variety of industries including construction, industrial, retail, energy and mining sectors for insurers, corporate and government entities. Prior to joining LIU Angus was General Manager of a large Australian loss adjusting business overseeing all professional claims staff across multi lines. His qualifications include Bachelor of Business, Executive Certificate in Insurance, ANZIIF (Fellow), CIP, FAIM.

The Hon Justice Tony Meagher,
Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of New South Wales

Before his appointment in 2011, his practice at the bar included a specialisation in insurance law. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics.
He is on the Board of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Kincoppal-Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart.


Hugh McLernon

Hugh McLernon is an Executive Director of IMF Bentham and oversees Special Projects for the company. Hugh is a lawyer by training. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Australia. After graduation he worked as a Crown Prosecutor for eight years and then as a barrister at the independent bar for a further nine years, before joining Clayton Utz for three years as a litigation partner.
In 1988, Mr McLernon retired from legal practice and introduced the secondary life insurance market into Australia through the Capital Life Exchange. He also pioneered the funding of large-scale litigation into Australia through McLernon Group Limited. From 1996 to 2001, Mr McLernon was the Managing Director of the Hill Group of companies which operates in the finance, mining, property, insurance and investment arenas of Australia. Mr McLernon has been an Executive Director of IMF Bentham since December 2001 and was the inaugural Managing Director through to December 2004. He became the Managing Director again on 18 March 2009 and retired from that role on 5 January 2015.

John Moran

Partner - Clyde & Co
John is a recognised leader in the cybersecurity and cyber incident response space, leading one of the largest, dedicated cyber incident response team in Australia. His team have advised on over 250 cyber incidents in recent times, including on some of the most high profile and complex incidents, both locally and globally. He has extensive experience advising both local and London market insurers across the full cyber lifecycle, from product development through to claims, regulatory investigations and recovery proceedings that often ensue.
He also routinely assists organisations directly with cyber incident readiness including the review, development and implementation of systems and processes to address cyber risk, as well as the resilience exercises for staff.

David North

Claims Expert - Property and Casualty - Swiss Re
David has extensive experience in the reinsurance industry including facultative and treaty underwriting, claims management and broking. He currently manages large and complex casualty claims and property catastrophe claims. David has worked in the London and Zurich market with Swiss Re and is a member of the global expert network at Swiss Re. David has an Arts / Law degree from the University of NSW. David likes to spend time with his family and is a keen participant and spectator in a variety of sports.

Andrew Solomon

As the Acting Deputy Commissioner, Andrew Solomon is the principal adviser to the Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner.
Prior to his current appointment, Mr Solomon was the Assistant Commissioner in Dispute Resolution at the OAIC. In this role, he oversaw the dispute resolution and enquiries functions of the OAIC across the areas of privacy and freedom of information. These functions include complaint handling, undertaking Information Commissioner reviews, responding to community, business and government enquiries, and undertaking other regulatory activity including Commissioner initiated investigations and data breach notifications.
Mr Solomon has been at the OAIC, and the former OPC, for over 10 years. Previous roles Andrew has held include the NSW State Manager for the National Native Title Tribunal and the Manager of a not-for-profit organisation, Central Sydney Community Transport Group. Mr Solomon holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Scott Simmons

Senior Associate, Lockton
Scott has over five years’ experience in the Australian Surety industry. Prior to joining Lockton, Scott was a successful Surety Underwriter for one of the largest global insurers, with responsibility for over A$2bn in total facilities. Scott is customer focussed, and is driven to delivering the best solution for his clients.


Severin Stoetzer

Claims Expert - Property and Casualty - Swiss Re
Severin is the Innovation Partner for Munich Re for the Australasia region. Her role is a conduit between the insurance market, start-ups and the global Munich Re network. Severin is also part of the Insurtech Australia Leadership Team and is passionate about their mission to help Australia to become a world leader in insurtech. Severin began her career in insurance with HDI Gerling in Germany as a graduate followed by various roles in underwriting and sales. Prior to Munich Re, she was with IAG as an Liability underwriter gaining experience in local Australian market.
Severin holds a Master of Sport Science and Sportsmedicine (University Frankfurt a.M.) and Bachelor of Economics from Cooperative University Mannheim. Severin is an ANZIIF Fellow CIP and won the Highest Module Score for Liability Underwriting Management in 2013. In the past, Severin was part of the German National Team for Inline Speed Skating. She holds a licence to train coronary heart disease patients and is also qualified to teach kids for a range of sports.

Jenny Thornton

Barrister and a member of Perth’s Quayside Chambers
In her prior life Jenny has been a Partner in the commercial litigation departments of Parker & Parker, Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills) and Allens Linklaters. In September 2012 Jenny established Clyde & Co's office in Perth and was the Managing Partner there before joining Quayside Chambers in July 2017. Jenny has represented parties in large and high profile litigation in the District, Supreme, Federal and High Courts. She also represents parties in arbitration proceedings and mediations. She has extensive experience in almost all areas of commercial insurance. She has advised Insurers and Insureds on financial services, property damage and business interruption claims.
In 2017 she was named Insurance Lawyer of the Year - Western Australia (Best Lawyers) and was the winner of the Chief Justices Prize for the Best Performed Reader at the WA Bar Readers Course in 2017. She has been recognised in Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Insurance Law Barrister Rankings - Western Australia, 2017.

Andrew Taylor

Over 20 years’ experience in general insurance industry specialising in PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY and emerging E&O exposures including Technology E&O, Multi Media and CYBER Insurance. Focused on achieving profitable strong underwriting results and developing strong technical teams. Product development, market creation, marketing and relationship building support a rich mix of technical, operations and general management skills. Diverse experience across jurisdictions with London market and Asian Pacific market responsibilities from a start up products and remedying problem portfolios. A decision maker who excels at managing portfolios and building teams in focused production underwriting operations. Currently the Asia Pacific Cyber Underwriting Manager

Ananya Tiwari

Senior Account Manager, Liability Division - Proclaim
Prior to joining Proclaim, Ananya had experience working in the legal and claims departments of a Manhattan insurance carrier and then a brokerage working across the United States. During law school she concentrated her legal studies around traditional insurance, microinsurance and small business incorporation. Ananya holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh. She has a strong interest in microinsurance and hopes to someday help launch a microinsurance consortium in the Oceanic region.

Yen Tran

Yen is a solicitor in the Insurance & Health team at Barry.Nilsson., specifically working in workers’ compensation. Since her admission in 2013, Yen has obtained experience in the areas of Professional Indemnity, Public Liability and Compulsory Third Party (CTP). She has previously been employed at one Australia's largest general insurers, managing an extensive portfolio of CTP claims. Yen has a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Psychological Science, Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. In addition to her work at B.N., Yen is an animal care volunteer and pro bono lawyer for the RSPCA Qld.

JC Van der Walt

JC has been practising insurance law for more than 17 years in the areas of General Liability, Property and Business Interruption, Professional Liability (including D&O) and Cyber Insurance. He has been with Jackson McDonald for 7 years and has been a Partner of Jackson McDonald’s Insurance & Risk Practice for the last 3 years. JC has been an insurance litigator since 2006. During this time, JC has been involved in a wide variety of claims ranging from minor run of the mill personal injury claims to the defence of complex and high value claims against senior officers and directors of multi-national corporations for alleged continuous disclosure breaches and insolvent trading.
JC has a deep understanding of and a passion for insurance and insurance law. JC’s approach to claims handling can be described as follows: Fair: Fair to the insurer, fair to the insured, fair to the claimant, Firm: Firm in assessing the facts, firm in applying the law, firm in his advice, firm in negotiations and Fast: Early identification of the real issues, early identification of possible solutions, early resolution.
JC is recommended as a Professional Indemnity Lawyer in the current edition of the Doyle’s Guide. He is also ranked for Litigation, Product Liability Litigation and Insurance in the current edition of Best Lawyers.

Daniel White

Daniel is an experienced Perth-based lawyer with a strong background in industrial relations and employment. He has been individually named as a recommended lawyer in the 2017 Asia Pacific Legal 500 Labour and Employment lawyers category and the 2017 and 2018 Doyle’s Guide list of Leading Employment Lawyers (Employer Representation) – Western Australia.
Daniel focuses on assisting clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious industrial relations, employment and workplace discrimination/harassment issues. He has a particular interest in defending unfair dismissal claims, general protections (adverse action) and bullying claims.
His experience across the full range of industrial relations, employment and workplace discrimination/harassment issues sees him regularly advise and represent corporate clients and government instrumentalities in the Fair Work Commission (including Full Bench), the Federal Circuit Court and Federal Court, the Supreme Court of Western Australia, Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission and Western Australian Industrial Magistrates Court and equal opportunity tribunals (including Australian Human Rights Commission).
Daniel holds a bachelors degree in industrial relations (with 1st Class Honours) and a bachelor of laws from the University of Western Australia. He has also completed the degree of Masters of Employment and Labour Relations Law from the University of Melbourne as a commitment to providing leading advice in his field. Daniel has co-authored a number of articles for leading journals and conferences focused on the topics of enterprise bargaining and managing unions. He is a member of a number of societies and organisations and centrally involved in the ongoing debate of reforming Australia’s industrial relations system.

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