Joanna Apostolopoulos

Joanna is a partner in our Sydney Insurance Practice Group who practises in liability law. She represents insurers, self-insurers and clients in the government sector in claims involving public liability, occupier’s liability, and employer’s liability. Joanna manages multi-party actions dealing with indemnity issues, apportionment of lability issues including labour – hire liabilities and dual insurance.

In addition, Joanna has a prominent reputation in the area of subrogated recovery actions which involve manufacturers, aircraft owners, occupiers of premises, employers and independent contractors.

With over 30 years’ in practice, Joanna has extensive litigation and dispute resolution experience. She has been named in Best Lawyers™ Australia 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 editions for Alternative Dispute Resolution Law. Her focus is on strong commercial outcomes which predominantly involve early resolution.


Joanna’s experience includes advising:

  • Various insurers and self-insured’s in personal injury and property damage claims;
  • Various clients in seeking statutory indemnity and contribution from liable third parties and those defending similar claims: (Avopiling v Bosevski [2018] NSWCA 146; Kabic v Workers Compensation Nominal Insurer (No 3) [2017] NSWSC 1281 and Kabic v AAI Ltd [2019] NSWCA 24;
  • NSW Self Insurance Corporation and successfully defending proceedings where it was determined that the Treasury Managed Fund (NSW Self Insurance Corporation) arrangement is a self-insurance scheme and not liable to meet claims for double insurance: (QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited v NSW Self Insurance Corporation [2013] NSWSC 1841]);
  • State of New South Wales and successfully defending proceedings involving a police pursuit leading to a fatality: (Jausnik v Nominal Defendant (No 5) [2016] ACTSC 306); and
  • Global logistics companies and successfully defending proceedings involving issues of apportionment of liability and contribution: (Redbro Investments Pty Ltd v Ceva Logistics (Australia) Pty Ltd [2015] NSWCA 73).

In addition, Joanna provides risk management advice to Claims Managers by reviewing their organisational and operational structures.

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