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Wotton + Kearney adds 2 partners to health practice

Wotton + Kearney has boosted its health team with the appointment of two new partners, who have a combined three decades of legal experience.

user iconLauren Croft 07 February 2022 Big Law
Wotton + Kearney adds 2 partners to health practice
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Marie-Clare Elder and Claudine Watson-Kyme have both joined the Wotton + Kearney ranks as health partners; and are both widely respected for the advice and support they provide to medical and allied health professionals.

Ms Elder specialises in health, medical negligence and personal injury litigation. She has practised in Australia and the United Kingdom in senior in-house roles and is a former clinical nurse specialist in intensive care. Most recently, she was the senior legal counsel and legal services manager at MIGA, where she led the eastern seaboard team and was responsible for general legal advice and litigated claims, coronial inquests, disciplinary and employment matters.


Ms Watson-Kyme is a health law specialist with extensive experience in litigation and dispute resolution. During her career, she has represented and advised NSW health agencies, medical indemnity insurers, hospitals, medical practitioners and allied health providers. Her experience spans across liability claims, coronial inquests, disciplinary and administrative law matters. She is also a former nurse and was previously the manager of cases and advisory services at MDA National.

Chief executive partner David Kearney said that the former health professionals would be a valuable asset to the health team.

“Health professionals are facing new and increasing pressures – and not just because of the pandemic. We’ve deepened our team with industry experts who have senior in-house experience to respond to the immediate and future needs of health insurers and the professionals they support,” he said.

“With the addition of Marie-Clare Elder and Claudine Watson-Kyme, our national health team offers the market practical experience and a lean and flexible service approach it’s been waiting for.”