Salma Hajhusein is a senior associate in our Insurance & Health team. She joined the Melbourne office in March 2017.
‘I enjoy the fast-paced nature of litigation and advising on insurance matters. What interests me most about the areas of law that I work in is that, due to the varied nature of insurance, there are always developments that I am required to keep abreast of and advise on, and an array of industries that I gain exposure to.’
Acting predominantly on instructions from insurers, Salma practises in most areas of defendant liability insurance litigation, including:
- Public and product liability
- Personal injury
- Professional indemnity claims brought against a range of professionals including real estate agents, accountants, financial planners and architects
- Workers’ compensation and Transport Accident Commission (TAC) recoveries
- General insurance matters
Salma’s personal injury recoveries practice includes the defence of claims brought against non-employer third parties by the TAC and WorkSafe Victoria seeking recovery of compensation paid to injured workers, pursuant to section 104 of the Accident Compensation Act 1986 (Vic) and section 138 of the Accident Compensation Act 1985 (Vic)/section 369 of the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (Vic) respectively. She also acts for non-employer third parties in injured workers’ common law claims.
In addition, Salma’s experience extends to:
- defending property damage claims brought under consumer protection legislation
- advising insurers on complicated indemnity issues, including issues of dual insurance and policy interpretation.
Salma also has experience in defending large blue chip corporate clients on direct instructions.
‘I enjoy working with insurers as, being highly-experienced claims handlers and professional litigators, the work is invariably challenging and I am constantly learning. I also enjoy the collaborative and consultative approach taken with insurers in devising a strategy to resolve matters. I have a ready appreciation of insurers’ needs to resolve cases as early as possible where appropriate.’
‘Working with insurers also gives me exposure to defending a wide range of insureds across different industries – from individuals to blue chip corporates – all of whom have a different approach to litigation and have varied reporting needs. As a result of the variety of instructions received, I have experience defending numerous industries/clients including the heavy haulage industry, head contractors of building sites, restaurants, landlords, real estate agents and government departments (to name a few). I enjoy guiding insureds who are rarely involved in litigation through the litigation process; it is most rewarding when they see a matter conclude favourably with our assistance.’
Salma has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction), as well as a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. She is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, Women in Insurance and Young Insurance Professionals (YIPs).