Cathryn Prowse is the joint Group Head of Colin Biggers and Paisley's national insurance team with extensive experience in litigation and dispute resolution in all Victorian and federal jurisdictions.
Primarily through financial lines insurers Cathryn receives instructions to act in connection with claims against a wide range of professionals and entities largely under professional indemnity, D&O and management liability policies. These include construction professionals, accountants/tax agents, financial advisers, brokers, education providers, local councils, estate agents, valuers and healthcare/pharma professionals. In this context Cathryn provides both complex coverage advice for Underwriters and defence work for Insureds.
Through property and title insurers, Cathryn receives instructions from insurers to act in multi-party long-tail property related proceedings including business interruption claims and mortgage recoveries involving fraud. Cathryn has particular experience advising insurers on coverage in the context of exposure from the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
Alongside her insurance work, Cathryn oversees a busy employment practice acting for employers (via EPL policies and directly) in unfair dismissal, general protections, discrimination, underpayment/breaks and other workplace-related claims. She provides advice in connection with termination, redundancy, employment contracts, sub-contractor arrangements and best practice workplace policies. Her team also advises in the disciplinary space including on the conduct and performance of regulated/licensed professionals.
Cathryn is listed in the 2018-2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia in the field of insurance law. In the 2022 and 2023 editions, she was also listed for her expertise in Professional Malpractice Litigation.
Cathryn joined the legal practice as a partner in 2012. She is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia.