March 2019


Read a roundup of activities around the AILA and NZILA chapters


Western Australia

By Rebecca Pember

The WA AILA chapter started 2019 with several fresh new faces on the committee.

WA welcomed Daniel Clarke (Kott Gunning), Donna Marsh (Hall & Wilcox), Tim Sullivan (QBE), Eleanor Scarff (Dwyer Durack), and Melissa Wroe (HBA Legal) to the committee.

The Annual General Insurance Law Review kicked off  the 2019 program on 20 February. Presented by Mark Birbeck (Meridian Lawyers), Keith Thomas (HWL Ebsworth), Jenny Thornton (Quayside Chambers), and Jehan-Philippe Wood (Norton Rose Fulbright), the event reviewed important court decisions of 2018 affecting the insurance industry.

With a refreshed committee raring to go and the Perth National Conference completed, 2019 is set to bring a new, exciting program of events.



By Elizabeth Lim, Victorian Secretariat

AILA Victoria held 12 successful events in 2018 – nine educational seminars, two social occasions and, for the fourth consecutive year, the Ron Shorter Memorial Award.

Thank you to everyone who supported AILA Victoria in 2018 and, in particular, the chapter committee that worked extremely hard to put the program together.

A new committee was appointed at the annual dinner and annual general meeting on 20 February at the RACV Club. The event was a success and well attended. Well known as one of Australia's finest stand-up comedians, guest speaker Richard Stubbs delivered a witty and clever presentation that entertained the audience.
The annual dinner has been the social calendar's highlight for many years in Victoria and all are invited to attend in February 2020. 

The 2019 educational program began on 27 February with the Annual General Insurance Law Review, a half-day seminar presented by panelists Matt Ellis, from Norton Rose Fulbright; Robert Minc, Meridian Lawyers; Raff Pisano, from Minter Ellison, and Lucy Terracall, from Clayton Utz.

AILA Victoria is well advanced with plans for 2019 with a seminar, The Financial Services Royal Commission: Royal game changer in a post-Hayne world on 14 March. In a panel discussion chaired by barrister Wendy Harris QC, industry experts share their views about the implications for the insurance sector arising from the Royal Commission following publication of the final report. 


New South Wales

By Andrew Thomas

With more than 20 successful events in 2018, the NSW chapter thanks everyone for their support.

The 2019 program began on 14 February with the Annual General Insurance Law Review, a half-day seminar presented by Wen Ts'ai Lim, from Ashurst; Ray Giblett, from Norton Rose Fulbright; Sybilla Waring-Lambert, from Lander & Rogers; Andrew Sharpe, from Meridian Lawyers; and Chern Tan, from Minter Ellison, Commentator was David Locke, from AFCA, and chair was Susan Vidler, from AssetInsure.

For the second consecutive year, a cobranded mock trial with the Lloyd's Development Group was held in February.

Further collaborations with Aviation Law Association of Australia and NZ and RDG highlight the commitment of continuing professional development for colleagues in the insurance industry community.

The well-received Twilight seminar series is scheduled to start in late May and run through to the last seminar in early August. See the AILA website for more information.



By Berren Hamilton

The elected Qld chapter committee for 2019 includes continuing and new members.

Continuing members are Berren Hamilton (president), Nhu Huynh (treasurer), Emma Topen (secretary), Melanie Quixley, Chau Donnan, Paul Spezza, Jack Fairweather, Tamara Baldwin, Brendan Lloyd, and Anna Stuart (currently on maternity leave).

New recruits are Kevin Holyoak, Joanna Burton, Daniel McCormack, Olga Sashko, Emma Baker, Alex Canavan, Tom O'Hara, Claudia Virgona and Daniel Cousin.

The committee thanks Christobelle Cheesman and David Jesser for their longstanding commitments to AILA, and Drew Castley for his service as Qld president last year. The committee also thanks retiring secretary Stacey Boulton and retiring committee member Darius Isaacs for their contributions.

The first two seminars in Brisbane this year were the Annual General Insurance Law Review on 19 February and a breakfast seminar on 5 March on the Financial Services Royal Commission, presented by Mark Doepel of Sparke Helmore and John Anning, General Manager Policy Regulation,  from the Insurance Council of Australia.

The committee has been working hard planning further seminars and events, including the annual Insurance Law Intensive on Friday 24 May at The Calile Hotel, Brisbane. A full day of presentations will be followed by drinks and canapes.

The keynote speaker will be Qld Supreme Court Justice Roslyn Atkinson AO. Other speakers include Stephen Elms, from Gallagher; John Phillpsz, Deputy CEO, Willis Re; Greg Pynt, barrister and author of Australian Insurance Law: A First Reference; Peter Roney QC; barrister Jessica McClymont; and Travis Schultz, from Travis Schultz Law, to give a plaintiff lawyer perspective.

The 2019 theme is Under the magnifying glass. Presentations and panel discussions will explore topical issues, including product recalls and Queensland's strawberry needle contamination crisis and how the law and insurance need to continuously evolve, like society, to keep up with new technological innovations being introduced and adopted into our everyday lives.

The committee is excited and delighted to deliver an excellent educational program for 2019 together with opportunities for networking. The committee looks forward to seeing you at upcoming events.


South Australia

By Nigel Wilson

The AILA SA committee for 2019 was elected at the December 2018 AGM.

Members are Nigel Wilson (president), Barrie Datson (treasurer), Scott Duell (secretary and national board member), Lani Carter, Dylan Steel (national board member), Elio Simeone, Ben Tollner-Atkinson, Kimberley Miller-Owen, Anthony Hillary (national board member), Tara Maschotta, Marianna Papalouca, Alex Tobiac and Eveline Rygorowicz.

Upcoming events are:

• 21 March - Belgian Beer Café, 5pm-7pm: Welcome to 2019 drinks – Joint event with AICLA
• 4 April - Hilton Hotel breakfast seminar, 7.30am-9am: Smart contracts and insurance: Practical applications and legal issues
• 23 May - Annual General Insurance Law Review, 9am-noon at Finlaysons.


Young Professionals

The AILA NSW Young Professionals committee has announced a new program for future leaders.

In 2019, the committee is launching a NSW mentoring program, which combines YPs' education and development with the experiences of seasoned professionals.

The committee sees pairing experienced professionals with YPs as critical to the long-term success of the industry and YPs.

The premise is simple: after an initial ice breaker event between experienced professionals (mentors) and YPs (mentees), every mentor will be paired with a small group (3-5) mentees.

Meeting monthly in a casual setting, mentors can share experiences and lessons learned over the course of their career, and give mentees a platform to ask questions and seek guidance on topics relevant to a fulfilling, successful career.  

Mentors will be asked to be prepared to speak about some of these topics:
- Their career journey
- Networking skills
- Negotiating
- Coping with stress; promoting good mental health.

Ensuring small groups and informal settings will best promote free-flowing discussions and conversations, with the ultimate goal of fostering connections among mentors and mentees.

If you are interested in being either a mentor or a mentee, please contact AILA to get involved in this exciting new initiative.

Contact either:

Jillian Pancott, Senior Manager, Sedgwick forensic advisory services division
P: 02 8075 1675; M: 0427 953 176, E:

Skye Theodorou, Project Manager, Zurich Financial Services Australia Ltd
P: 02 9995 2018; E:

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