Australia: Congratulations On Our Recent Promotions
Last Updated: 11 July 2010

Curwoods is delighted to announce the promotion of Matt McDonald to Partner and Vanessa Jason to Senior Associate.

Matt has over 15 years experience in insurance law with a focus on product and public liability, construction risks, professional negligence and occupational health & safety law.

Matt joined Curwoods in 2009 after 8 years as a partner at McCulloch & Buggy Lawyers. He is a member of the Injury Compensation Committee of the Law Society of NSW, representing the interests of defendants.

Vanessa joined the Curwoods CTP team in February 2008. Prior to that, she worked at other defendant insurance firms including Hunt & Hunt and Moray & Agnew, gaining experience in managing a busy motor vehicle accident practice with particular experience in managing catastrophic claims.

New Senior Appointments

Curwoods keeps growing! We welcome our new starters Craig Hyde, Special Counsel, and Shannon Say, Senior Associate.

Craig, previously at DLA Phillips Fox, joins the Professional Indemnity and Construction team at Curwoods. He has almost 20 years litigation experience as a barrister and solicitor in Australia, New Zealand and England.

Over the last 10 years, he has focussed on insurance advice and litigation for domestic and overseas insurers in relation to a wide range of claims but with a particular focus on claims in the rural, construction and engineering sectors.

Shannon joined Curwoods as a Senior Associate in July 2010 having previously worked at Minter Ellison. She has specialised in the area of defendant insurance litigation since 2002.

Shannon has advised corporate insureds as well as local and overseas insurers with respect to public and products liability, professional indemnity, property damage and medical malpractice claims. Shannon also advises on policy interpretation issues.

Curwoods Is ‘Fastest Growing Firm

Curwoods garnered the No.1 spot in the The Australian legal partnership survey (2 July 2010) as the nation’s fastest growing law firm. To read the accompanying interview with our Managing Partner, Scott Kennedy, go to:

Curwoods fee earner numbers have grown by 22% in the last 6 months, fuelled by increased work in all practice areas across the business.

Our expansion is a testament to the strength of the firm’s client base and to the dedication of our staff in providing exceptional service. We are grateful for the support of our clients and the insurance industry as a whole. It is your confidence and trust that has helped us succeed and we look forward to continuing working with you long into the future.

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