Kathryn Whybourne

Special Counsel

Kathryn joined Wendy Blacker Lawyers in August 2018, after spending two and a half years working in insurance disputes at an international law firm. She works predominantly in the Health & Insurance Practice.

Kathryn is a specialist in the management and defence of media sensitive and high quantum general liability claims. Kathryn also has expertise in managing and providing indemnity and coverage advice to clients exposed to cyber risk.

Kathryn is a confident advocate and has wide-ranging experience in the area of professional indemnity. She has advised pharmacists facing investigations by the Health Care Complaints Commission (the HCCC), worked on high profile and large-scale litigation involving the 2011 Queensland floods, represented children who have been injured as a result of significant trauma at birth and defended varied claims, including medical negligence claims. Kathryn has also advised education authorities and acted in the defence of claims made against schools and vocational institutions in a wide range of matters, including discrimination, negligence and public liability.

Kathryn also drafts internal company policies relating to child protection for organisations providing services to children.

Kathryn commenced her career working for an Australian plaintiff firm in the area of personal injury. This provided valuable insight into how civil claims are formulated and actioned from the claimant’s perspective.

Kathryn has written and co-authored a number of articles on the subject of insurance and other insurance related issues including in respect of privacy related class actions, insurance fraud and obligations for financial institutions under new Australian and international privacy regulations.

Kathryn has volunteered for the Refugee Advice Casework Service since becoming admitted as a lawyer and has a keen interest in supporting charities that fight against youth homelessness after acting as a mentor for young persons at risk.

Key Industry Sectors
Health and allied health

Administration law
Discrimination (non-workplace)
Intentional torts
Liability (product, professional, public)
Litigation and dispute resolution
Medical negligence
Personal injury
Policy interpretation
Professional negligence
Recovery (contribution and debt)
Health professional disciplinary matters
Cyber law

Bachelor of Laws & Bachelor of Communications and Media (Major in Screen Production), the University of Notre Dame Australia (2015)

Admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales.