Lani Carter is an experienced commercial and insurance litigator, specialising in professional indemnity and appearing in all jurisdictions from the Magistrates Court to the Supreme and Federal Courts.
Lani helps professionals to continue to practice in their chosen fields by defending claims made against them and complaints made to professional bodies. She also acts in Royal Commissions and inquiries. Lani enjoys disentangling complex claims, often with the assistance of experts and prides herself on quickly understanding the commercial risks faced by insurers and their insureds. She regularly advises insurers with respect to proportionate liability, suspected fraudulent claims and double insurance. Lani also assists insurers to recoup losses by pursuing recovery claims.
Some interesting examples of claims she has worked on recently were - a multimillion dollar train derailment; acting for a number of insureds in the Aged Care Royal Commission; a claim against a psychologist involving alleged misdiagnosis; and a claim involving the spontaneous combustion of hay bales. Lani is particularly proud of her work in a recent pro bono set of proceedings commenced in the Supreme Court under the Law of Property Act 1936 (SA), which resulted in recouping funds stolen by a family member of her client in an ‘elder abuse’ claim.
Lani gives back to the industry by donating her time and expertise as a Committee member of the Australian Insurance Law Association, assisting with the preparation and provision of insurance law seminars for brokers, claims workers and lawyers.
Lani acts for Australian and overseas insurers, including Lloyd’s Syndicates, claims management agencies and self-insured organisations.
Lani holds a Masters in Laws from Melbourne University and completed her Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at the University of Adelaide. She also has a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and Bachelor of Arts (French) from the University of Adelaide.
Before joining Sparkes, Lani worked for a boutique litigation firm in Adelaide providing professional indemnity advice and representation on instruction from legal and medical insurers.
When she's not spending time with friends and family (champagne in hand), Lani volunteers on the committees of Blind Sports SA and the Alliance Française d'Adélaïde (which also supports her passion for languages—she's currently learning French and Spanish).