Katherine Hayes

Katherine Hayes

Insurance and Cyber Risk
+61 (0) 7 3000 8349
+61 (0) 421 705 532

As part of the Financial Lines insurance team, Katherine has over 16 years post admission experience in the specialty areas of insurance, commercial litigation and dispute resolution.

Katherine acts for clients in the Australian, Asian and UK insurance markets, and has experience in significant and high-profile disputes and inquiries where she drafts submissions, pleadings, witness statements, court orders and correspondence. Katherine represents parties at mediations and negotiates successful outcomes for clients. She has experience as both coverage and defence counsel and focuses on providing advice with a commercial approach that reflects her understanding of the industry. Katherine also determines strategy and investigates the factual circumstances of claims.

Katherine has worked on a range of contentious matters in a variety of jurisdictions and has acted for leading financial-service providers and London-based professional indemnity underwriters in the defence of numerous claims. She has worked with clients on cyber-related claims and has a keen interest in the developing area of cyber-risks.

Katherine joined Carter Newell after several years in a top tier international firm, prior to which she was assistant in-house Legal Counsel for a Lloyd’s managing agent in London.

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  • The Best Lawyers in Australia 2021 and 2020 (edns) - Professional Malpractice Litigation
  • Leading Queensland Professional Indemnity Lawyer in Doyle's Guide 2018


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