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Tristan Devaris
Special Counsel
t: +61 2 9260 2451+61 2 9260 2451
o: Sydney
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Tristan’s practice focuses on complex multiparty disputes in commercial insurance defence and coverage advice.
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Anita Diakou
Senior Associate
t: +61 8 8415 9834+61 8 8415 9834
o: Adelaide
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Anita has had a variety of roles in the workers' compensation field since 2008, including being a case manager for an insurer and working at the Crown Solicitor's Office where she advised government entities on workers' compensation matters. This broad industry experience helps her understand insurers' needs and the way they like to work.
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Mark Doepel
Partner
t: +61 2 9260 2445+61 2 9260 2445
m: +61 402 000 920+61 402 000 920
o: Sydney
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Mark specialises in professional indemnity and directors' and officers' claims and has been involved in some of Australia's most notable PI and D&O claims. He also has an interest in clinical negligence claims, reinsurance disputes and cyber issues. Mark is the current chairman and a director of Lloyd's Australia Limited.
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Mia Donald
Partner
t: +61 2 9260 2463+61 2 9260 2463
o: Sydney
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Mia is an experienced administrative lawyer with international migration law experience.
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Lara Douglas
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 6263 6314+61 2 6263 6314
m: +61 438 288 936+61 438 288 936
o: Canberra
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Lara is a pragmatic insurance lawyer who has 10 years’ experience in the insurance and legal industry. Her clients have ranged from international and Australian corporate to SMEs clients and she believes strongly in working with her clients to bring about good resolutions. With a particular interest in the interplay between policies of insurance and legal frameworks, she is comfortable advocating for her clients across jurisdictions and in particular in the ACT and NSW. 
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Ben Dube
Partner
t: +61 7 3016 5008+61 7 3016 5008
o: Brisbane
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Ben predominantly appears as counsel in Commonwealth courts and tribunals. His expertise is in statutory classes and administrative law.
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Michael Dwyer
Partner
t: +61 8 8415 9806+61 8 8415 9806
m: +61 404 828 227+61 404 828 227
o: Adelaide
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Michael specialises in statutory litigation in both the state and Commonwealth jurisdictions. He has regularly been included on AFR's Best Lawyers Australia list, most recently in the 2019 edition (published 2018).
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Felicity Edwards
Partner
t: +61 2 9373 1469+61 2 9373 1469
m: +61 402 849 502+61 402 849 502
o: Sydney
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Felicity is a workplace lawyer who assists clients in the private and public sector with privacy and employment related issues. She has seen matters through to state and federal courts and tribunals including unfair dismissals, general protections claims, contractual disputes and anti-discrimination claims.
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Marie-Clare Elder
Partner
t: +61 2 9260 2491+61 2 9260 2491
o: Sydney
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Marie-Clare joined the Commercial Insurance team as a partner in January 2024. Marie-Clare has been admitted to practice for 20 years and is a health law specialist, with a long history of working in the industry. She is based in Sydney.
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Karwan Eskerie
Partner
t: +61 2 9260 2466+61 2 9260 2466
m: +61 424 893 572+61 424 893 572
o: Sydney
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Karwan is a litigator and government law specialist, with extensive experience acting for various government clients in a wide range of practice areas, including constitutional, administrative, regulatory and commercial law.
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Monique Essey
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 9260 2866+61 2 9260 2866
o: Sydney
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Monique is an experienced litigation lawyer specialising in CTP insurance. She has demonstrated expertise in providing comprehensive legal advice and strategic guidance to clients in the insurance industry. She is committed to delivering excellence, upholding service standards and achieving optimal outcomes. Monique also frequently participates in pro bono matters.
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Katherine Evans
Special Counsel
t: +61 2 9260 2674+61 2 9260 2674
o: Sydney
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Katherine is an administrative lawyer and solicitor advocate who regularly appears for Commonwealth departments and agencies in the Federal Circuit Court and Federal Court of Australia. Katherine is also the solicitor on record and instructs Counsel in complex judicial review litigation before the Full Court of the Federal Court and in the High Court of Australia.
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Frank Farsaci
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 9260 2677+61 2 9260 2677
o: Sydney
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Frank is an insurance lawyer and has eight years’ experience in CTP, dealing with fraud matters, dual insurance, recovery issues and indemnity disputes.
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Zoe Fatouros
Senior Associate
t: +61 3 9291 2361+61 3 9291 2361
o: Melbourne
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Zoe is an experienced litigator whose practice focuses on insurance law, with particular expertise in advising insurers and corporations on a wide range of general and public liability claims.
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Maxine Feletti
Partner
t: +61 2 6263 6338+61 2 6263 6338
m: +61 438 441 224+61 438 441 224
o: Canberra
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Maxine assists various government agencies and public sector clients with workplace risks, incidents and disputes. Working across our Government, Workplace and Statutory Lines practice groups, she leads our State Compensation team in Canberra.
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Andrew Ferguson
Partner
t: +61 2 4924 7251+61 2 4924 7251
m: +61 418 977 454+61 418 977 454
o: Newcastle
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Andrew is an experienced property lawyer, known for providing exceptional service to his clients. Andrew looks for different ways to help and engage with his clients, taking the time to understand their needs, adding value to their projects.
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Angel Fernandes
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 9260 2681+61 2 9260 2681
o: Sydney
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Angel is an experienced lawyer who specialises in administrative law and Commonwealth statutory classes of insurance. She advises clients on a range of issues and regularly represents them in litigated proceedings in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Court of Australia.
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Tim Ferrier
Consultant
t: +61 7 3001 9215+61 7 3001 9215
m: +61 412 526 061+61 412 526 061
o: Brisbane
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Tim is a Consultant in the Corporate & Commercial team. He has a long-standing practice in property law substantially in commercial property and increasingly in all facets of agribusiness. Tim has a natural and consistent commitment to strong relationships with his clients.
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