About Woodina Law
We pride ourselves on being a leading provider of legal services and claims management in the insurance industry through proactive, efficient and cost effective provision of high quality in-house legal services. Our insured clients can be confident that they will be treated with respect and understanding and that we will strive to bring them, and their insurers, the best possible results.
Legal Practitioner Director
(07) 3222 9401
Michael has 30 years’ insurance experience. Starting as an insurance lawyer at Morris Fletcher & Cross in Brisbane in 1985, he moved to London in 1990. He became a Partner at Waltons & Morse in 1993 and a Partner of Eversheds in 1996, specialising in PI insurance. In 1997 he launched his own PI underwriting agency called PI Direct, later Martello Professional Risks. The agency was unique in its approach, writing business both direct and through brokers, with an inhouse claims model saving on defence costs. It grew to 50M pounds gross premium and was sold to Royal Sun Alliance in December 2006. Michael had purchased a wholesale Australian PI insurance brokerage called PI Direct Insurance Brokers in 2004. After returning to Australia in 2011, Michael started Woodina Underwriting Agency in January 2012 and sold PI Direct Insurance Brokers into Steadfast in 2013.
Legal Practitioner Director
(07) 3222 9406
Steph was admitted to practice law in 1998 and has over 19 years’ legal experience, 17 exclusively within the insurance and health industries, including in-house roles at the National Health Service Litigation Authority in London and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and, most recently, 12 years within the Minter Ellison Insurance and Corporate Risk Group. She completed her Masters in Health and Medical Law in 2005. Steph joined Woodina in November 2013 and was appointed as Legal Practitioner Director in July 2016.
(07) 3222 9402
Since her admission to practice law in 2001, Alison has specialised in litigation, dispute resolution, insurance claims and insurance advisory work. Alison has over 16 years’ experience, including one year at Picton Howell in London and 11 years within the Minter Ellison Insurance and Corporate Risk Group. Alison has defended claims against various professionals, such as accountants, directors, engineers and other construction professionals, as well as acting in public liability, ISR and life insurance claims and appearing in Commissions of Inquiry, Inquests and regulatory prosecutions.
Alison is a past President and Treasurer of the Queensland chapter of the Australian Professional Indemnity Group.
(07) 3222 9407
Maria has over 20 years’ experience defending professional negligence claims and other financial lines claims in Australia and the United Kingdom. Maria joined Woodina in 2018 after spending 10 years in the Insurance and Corporate Risk Group at Minter Ellison. She has previously headed up the claims and litigation team of one of the UK’s largest professional indemnity underwriting agencies. Maria is a committee member of the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Professional Indemnity Group, a member of the Australian Insurance Law Association and a member of the Women in Insurance Association.
(07) 3222 9414
Ingrid was admitted in 2009 and has over 7 years’ legal experience in professional indemnity insurance and commercial litigation, as well as some experience in insolvency and franchising, including 6 years in McInnes Wilson Lawyers’ Insurance and Commercial Litigation team and a 6 month secondment as a claims solicitor with Lexon Insurance Pte Ltd. Ingrid completed her Masters in Commercial Law in 2015. She has defended claims against various professionals, such as lawyers, financial advisers, accountants, real estate agents, valuers, engineers, architects, draftsmen, certifiers, building and pest inspectors.
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- Your claims work is not only extremely appreciated by us, it is outstanding. The promptness and clarity you deliver to our clients is something that is simply unheard of in the PI market. This is just another reason why Woodina are our PI insurer of choice!!!
— Tony Charman: Charmans Consultancy Services – Westcourt General Authorised Broker
- Professional, responsive and friendly are the words that come to mind when I think of Woodina. The ease at which they handle claims with their in-house team makes the entire process quick and efficient. An absolute pleasure to deal with.
— Daniel Webber: Director – Webber Insurance Services Pty Ltd