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Catherine McAdam

Special Counsel

Catherine  McAdam


T:+61 2 9330 8879

F:+61 2 9947 6999

Catherine McAdam is an insurance and commercial litigation lawyer based in Sydney.

Catherine is highly experienced in all aspects of life and general insurance including conducting litigation, advising regarding remedies available under the Insurance Contracts Act (Cth) and in respect of claims, and reviewing policies and PDS.

Catherine has an enviable list of clients who seek her out for her commercial and pragmatic advice. She has defended claims for insurers in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and the ACT and is well versed in the unique procedural requirements of each jurisdiction. Catherine has provided extensive advice regarding the impact of the 2014 changes to the Insurance Contracts Act and the implications for policy wordings.

Catherine acted on behalf of the trustee in the July 2011 NSW Court of Appeal decision of Manglicmot v CBOSC. This case considered whether a person who can only work part time is TPD as well as the duties imposed on trustees by s. 52 Superannuation Industries (Supervision) Act.

Her clients include Westpac Life Insurance Services Limited, Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society Limited, TAL Life Limited, MLC Ltd, OnePath Life Limited and Zurich, as well as reinsurers and superannuation trustees.

Catherine recognises that litigation has potential reputational as well as financial costs to insurers and has a high rate of success in resolving matters using alternative dispute resolution techniques, including mediation.