Ailbhe specialises in representing insurers in financial lines and general liability matters. Her expertise lies in complex and multiparty litigation, in claims involving D&O liability, management liability and professional indemnity policies.

Ailbhe also advises and acts in claims against insureds including directors and officers of publicly listed as well as SME corporations, accountants, financial advisors, financial institutions, building professionals and construction companies, in a number of major Australian class actions, as well as regulatory, cartel and pecuniary penalties litigation. Her experience extends to non-personal injury liability claims.

Prior to being admitted in Australia, Ailbhe practised as a solicitor in Ireland, where she was responsible for representing international insurers and London underwriters across a range of professional and liability insurance claims.

Ailbhe’s recent experience includes:

  • Financial lines: Advising a financial lines insurer in connection with the collapse of a publicly listed funds management/property investment group based in Australia and New Zealand, having losses of over $2 billion, including providing coverage advice on D&O, professional indemnity, fidelity and investment management policies;
  • Managed investment company: Acting in a claim under a fidelity policy by the responsible entity of a managed investment scheme for loss arising from alleged fraud of over $1 million;
  • Publicly listed company: Advising a D&O insurer in connection with a $30 million insolvent trading claim by liquidators of a publicly listed company;
  • Property liability: Acting for property liability insurers in relation to “leaky buildings” litigation in New Zealand, including where losses of $30 million were claimed, and on behalf of a subcontracting mouldings manufacturer;
  • Professional indemnity: Claims against lawyers, finance professionals and investment advisors; and
  • Liability: Acting on the instructions of a liability insurer in defence of a claim alleging defective paint, alleging losses of $1 million.

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