Partner

Lisa Quilty

Lisa specialises in litigation and dispute resolution and regularly acts for insurers, private corporations and Government clients. She has varied cross jurisdictional experience, having appeared in pre-litigation and litigation processes in most jurisdictions within Australia.

Having worked in dispute resolution for 20 years, Lisa specialises in claims management and advises clients on a broad range of business-critical issues including insurance, public and product liability, workers compensation, commercial disputes, professional indemnity, and medical negligence.

Aside from her legal experience, Lisa has a keen interest in governance, and was recently elected President of the ACT Law Society having served 2 years as an elected Councillor previously. Lisa takes pride in contributing to the local community, and actively seeks out volunteer positions. She routinely provides pro-bono advice to not-for-profit organisations within the ACT and surrounds.

Lisa takes a practical approach when advising clients and places a strong emphasis on providing quality advice that compliments and accords with the overall business strategy and commercial restraints of her clients. Her focus is on strategic thinking and partnering with clients to plan and deliver on core goals.

Lisa’s advice is regularly sought in relation to complex personal injury claims (both involving tort and statutory schemes), indemnity issues and liability disputes. Lisa takes a practical approach when advising clients and places a strong emphasis on providing quality advice that compliments and accords with the overall business strategy and commercial restraints of her clients. Her focus is on strategic thinking and partnering with clients to plan and deliver on core goals.

Expertise

Lisa’s expertise includes:

  • Personal injury claims
  • Insurance litigation commercial disputes
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Public and products liability
  • Medical negligence
  • Historical civil compensation claims
  • Recovery claims
  • Inquests/inquiries

Recent Projects

  • Successfully defended recovery proceedings commenced by an insurer that required detailed knowledge of the technical aspects of the client’s equipment and analysis of expert opinion in relation to causation;
  • Acting for private insurers within the ACT regarding workers compensation;
  • Was a leading solicitor within the Office of Solicitor Assisting (OSA) for the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide (RCDVS) in 2021 and 2022;
  • Acted on behalf of the Department of Defence in relation to numerous civil liability claims relating historical sexual abuse;
  • Represented a prosecutor implicated in the ACT Board of Enquiry into the Criminal Justice System;
  • Was a key advisor for a major financial institution in relation to regulatory action commenced by ASIC;
  • Conducted various litigated and non-litigated claims on behalf of various Commonwealth Departments in relation to personal injury and public liability actions;
  • Conducted numerous public liabilities claims in relation to injuries sustained on building sites with multiple parties and complex cross-claims and contractual disputes involved;
  • Acted for a large multinational company in relation to a claim for damages exceeding $13M arising from a building fire;
  • Acted for the Commonwealth Government in relation to an ICT contract dispute and associated termination for convenience clause, in which damages exceeding $16M were claimed.

Professional Memberships/Accreditation & Activities

  • Recognised Lawyer, Litigation, 16th edition of The Best Lawyers in Australia
  • Recognised Lawyer, ADR and Litigation, 17th edition of The Best Lawyers in Australia
  • Deal Maker of the Year, Young Insurance Professionals, 2021
  • President, ACT Law Society, 2024 to current
  • Vice President, ACT Law Society, 2023 – 2024
  • ACT Law Society Councillor, 2021 – 2023
  • Member of the Australian Institute Company of Directors

location

Canberra

Special Counsel

Sam Hagdorn

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