NSW dominates national insurance award shortlist

By Leanne Mezrani|15 May 2015
Dearne Matheson

Ten NSW lawyers are among the finalists for a 30 Under 30 award in the competitive insurance category.

The accomplished lawyers who were short-listed for the award come from global heavyweights to specialised boutiques.

Sydney lawyer Dearne Matheson (pictured), of insurance boutique firm Wotton + Kearney, reveals in her submission that challenging and high-profile work is not confined to the major firms.

Ms Matheson recently ran defence of proceedings in the Supreme Court of NSW on behalf of a large valuation firm involving allegations of negligence and misleading and deceptive conduct.


She is also taking a lead role within the firm. For the past five years Ms Matheson has been heavily involved in running Wotton + Kearney’s property professionals practice.

Meanwhile, at the bigger end of town, Tejas Thete from Gadens is running a diverse litigation practice under the oversight of her supervising partner, Wendy Blacker.

Ms Thete has also made efforts to boost the firm’s profile, preparing legal updates in the area of personal injury law and contributing to submissions that saw Gadens achieve individual and practice group rankings in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500.

The Insurance Award will be presented at Lawyers Weekly’s 30 Under 30 gala event in Sydney on 5 June. Tickets are on sale now – to secure your seats, click here.

Vying for the award alongside Ms Matheson and Ms Thete are two lawyers from Minter Ellison, who could cause an upset for the NSW majority.


Emily Archer is based in Minters’ Melbourne office. The young lawyer has conducted workers’ compensation litigation and regularly advises some of the country’s major insurers.

Her role includes advising and acting as the sole legal provider of advice regarding asbestos claims for Allianz, QBE and AAI.

Ms Archer’s Queensland-based colleague, Nicole Morgan, is also in the running for the award.

Ms Morgan practices exclusively in the health and aged care space. Her clients include UnitingCare Health Queensland, Royal Children’s Hospital and Central Queensland Hospital.

The other finalists in this category are Joshua Carton from Norton Rose Fulbright, Laura D’Alessandri from Curwoods Lawyers, Kelvin Liew and Daniel Robinson (see video below) from Clyde & Co, Stephen Morrissey from Gilchrist Connell Lawyers, Michael Rumore from Colin Biggers & Paisley, Rachel White from Colin Biggers & Paisley and Melissa Zen from Sparke Helmore Lawyers.


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