Sarah McJannett

Sarah is a Partner in the HWL Ebsworth National Insurance Group based in Canberra.

Sarah has nearly two decades of experience acting in personal injury litigation, workers compensation, motor vehicle accidents, public and product liability and professional indemnity claims including medical malpractice, disciplinary action and coronial inquests. She provides advice on the application of statutory schemes, policy interpretation and indemnity disputes.

In addition to advising private insurers, Sarah has acted for both Commonwealth and Territory governments in a broad range of litigious matters.

Sarah provides her clients with tailored, strategic, results focused advice. She is proactive in using alternative dispute resolution and gives practical recommendations on future risk management.

Sarah was named as a Leading ACT Lawyer in Public Liability, Medical Negligence and Compulsory Third Party Insurance in Doyles, 2019 and in the Australian Financial Review’s publication Best Lawyers™ Australia 2019 for Litigation.

In being a member of the ACT Law Society Civil Litigation Committee, Sarah is apprised of developments in the ACT compensation schemes and court processes early and can advocate her clients’ positions in relation to proposed changes.


Sarah’s recent experience includes:

  • Private insurer: Acted in respect of a significant food poisoning outbreak resulting in over 100 injured claimants;
  • Medical defence organisations: Acts in relation to claims arising from advice or treatment by doctors and hospitals;
  • A Commonwealth Government Department: Acting in claims arising from alleged battery, false imprisonment and misfeasance in public office;
  • ACT Insurance Authority: Acts in uninsured employment injury and motor vehicle accident claims; and
  • Large scale litigation: Acts in matters involving multiple defendants, indemnity and insurance issues, complex cross-claims.

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