Iona is a Partner at HBA Legal, having joined the firm in 2015.
Iona is an insurance law specialist, primarily defending public and product liability, casualty, recovery and statutory insurance claims. She represents clients across all jurisdictions.
Practising law since May 2006, Iona has been instructed by some of Australia’s largest insurers, retailers, shopping centres and supermarkets. Iona also acts for self insureds and undertakes pro bono work.
Iona was promoted to Partner in 2020.
Iona’s expertise in managing major, complex and catastrophic claims spans over 15 years. She is adept at identifying and investigating fraud, managing complex liability claims, multi-party claims, nervous shock and compensation to relatives claims, advising on indemnity and contractual disputes.
Iona also has specific expertise in defending claims against Australia’s largest shopping centres, retailers, cleaners and supermarkets. Iona’s experience in this industry also includes providing advice on contracts, risk management and general insurance issues.
More broadly Iona has experience in defending liability claims against hotels, clubs, mining companies, home owners, real estate agents and owners/operators of recreational facilities.
Clients see Iona as a valued member of their team, as she is highly responsive to their unique needs and her approach aligns with their interests. Her commitment and accessibility is fuelled by her genuine passion for insurance litigation. Iona has an in-depth understanding of issues facing clients from a commercial perspective having spent numerous periods of time on secondment with various clients. Iona is committed to achieving her clients’ goals and tailoring her approach to meet each client’s specialised needs. Iona’s does not believe in a “one size fits all” approach.
Iona is a member of Women in Insurance, AILA, Insurance and Risk Management Professionals, ANZIIF, NSW Claims Discussion Group and Women Lawyers Association of NSW.