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Anna Hendry - Special Counsel

Anna Hendry Anna advises exclusively in insurance litigation, acting on behalf of major public liability insurers, workers’ compensation insurers and self-insurers, compulsory third party insurers and professional indemnity insurers.

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Anna advises exclusively in insurance litigation, acting on behalf of major public liability insurers, workers’ compensation insurers and self-insurers, compulsory third party insurers and professional indemnity insurers.

Anna is involved in all stages of the personal injuries pre-proceedings process, from compliance of the Notice of Claim through to compulsory conferences. She has considerable experience in multi-party claims and litigated claims and has practiced across all statutory regimes in Queensland including the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003, the Personal Injuries Proceedings Act 2002 and the Motor Accident Insurance Act 1994.

Anna’s approach to claims management and litigation focuses on monitoring durations, making strategic decisions, achieving timely resolutions and minimising costs.  Anna holds qualifications in Laws (with Honours) and Business from the Queensland University of Technology. She is a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Queensland, and is a member of Women in Insurance.

Areas of Practice

  • Drawing detailed reasons for a decision rejecting a psychiatric claim. Anna’s reasons for decision were upheld by Q-COMP, the Industrial Relations Commission and the Industrial Court, resulting in a significant damages saving for the insurer.
  • Instructing Queen’s Counsel and Junior Counsel in a premium dispute before the Industrial Magistrate. An adverse finding would have seen an opening of the floodgates for premium recalculation across the relevant industry and major losses for the relevant insurer.
  • Acting on behalf of an insurer to defend an application for extension of a limitation period, resulting in a major saving for the insurer.
  • Representing a professional indemnity insurer and its solicitor insured in a claim for professional negligence arising out of the conduct of a workers’ compensation claim. The claim was dismissed on the basis the negligence was not causative of loss.
  • Advising on catastrophic workers’ compensation and motor vehicle accident claims.
  • Acting on behalf of a self-insurer (on behalf of the dependants of a deceased worker) in relation to the recovery of damages from a motor vehicle insurer. Anna’s involvement saw the dependants (who were located overseas) recover damages in excess of the workers’ compensation payments made.
  • Acting for defendants in complex matters involving multiple tortfeasors including advising on issues arising from contractual indemnities and the interaction between the workers’ compensation and other procedural schemes.
  • Advising public liability and professional indemnity insurers regarding issues surrounding indemnity and exclusion clauses.