Hayley Towers is a senior associate in our Insurance & Health team and is based in the Adelaide office.
‘I began my career working as a plaintiff solicitor and moved to defendant insurance work in 2004. In 2008, I relocated to Victoria, where I defended serious injury claims for the Victorian WorkCover Authority and the Transport Accident Commission before turning my focus to general insurance work in 2011, where I have remained. In early 2013, I returned to South Australia working predominantly in professional indemnity and public liability for large insurers. In July 2016, I joined the Adelaide office of Barry.Nilsson.’
An experienced litigator, Hayley specialises in:
- Professional indemnity (Including financial lines, AHPRA investigations and employment liability)
- Personal injury
- Property liability
‘I have special expertise in handling multiple complex files in the areas of personal injury, property damage and professional indemnity. I regularly advise on all aspects of a matter, including complex indemnity issues. As a result of my time spent handling workplace injury claims, I have extensive experience in fraud and investigation.'
Hayley’s professional indemnity practice, in particular, has grown rapidly over the past few years. She has run matters involving architects, financial advisors, mortgage brokers, psychologists, dentists, physiotherapists and midwives. She has extensively advised small and large businesses in relation to unfair dismissal and other employment disputes, molestation and fidelity loss claims.
‘I enjoy working as an insurance lawyer because the work is both complex and challenging. My clients are mainly large Australian-based insurers. As clients, they are switched on, knowledgeable and experienced, which means we work together very effectively to achieve excellent outcomes. I also work directly with the insureds in many matters, which provides a nice balance to my other insurance work and exposes me to all sorts of businesses and industries.’
Hayley has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology). She is a committee member of the Australian Professional Indemnity Group (APIG) and of the Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA). She was also a member of the organising committee for the AILA Conference held in South Australia in 2016.