Kathy Melville

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Kathy Melville

Partner, WA

About Kathy

Kathy’s core practice involves the defence of workers’ compensation claims, the pursuit of recovery claims on behalf of workers’ compensation insurers, and the defence of public liability claims.

In the workers’ compensation arena, Kathy has had involvement in many claims including catastrophic and complex claims. She has advised insurers across all stages of these matters, from preliminary advice only, to early resolution of suitable matters, robust defence of contentious claims, and expert advice regarding issues of policy and practice.

She provides high quality advice and representation at Conciliation and Arbitration within WorkCover WA, representation on appeals, and defence of common law workers’ compensation claims in the District Court.

Kathy’s work in the public liability space encompasses both personal injury and property damage claims and includes:

  • defending claims involving contentious issues of liability;
  • advising on and pursuing actions for contribution and recovery; and
  • negotiating settlements in everything from simple single-defendant claims, to multi-defendant claims involving catastrophic injury to multiple claimants arising from a single event.

Kathy has particular experience dealing with indemnity issues arising from general insurance policies, having advised insurers on the construction and application of policy provisions and exclusion clauses in significant and complex matters.


Expertise

Product Liability

Property Damage and Business Interruption Claims

Public Liability Personal Injury Claims

Workers’ Compensation

Qualifications & Associations

BA, LLB (Hons)

Australian Insurance Law Association

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