Catherine Osborne


Catherine joined Meridian Lawyers in early 2017 and has more than 20 years’ experience in insurance, reinsurance and commercial litigation. Catherine’s expertise also spans life insurance and superannuation. Her career highlights include class actions and some of Australia’s largest and most sensitive cases involving ASIC, APRA , the ATO and the ACCC.

Catherine acted for reinsurance interests throughout the HIH Royal Commission and in subsequent litigation. She has significant experience with Royal and Special Commissions including matters arising from the AWB and James Hardie Special Commissions and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Since 2006, Catherine has been recognised by Who’s Who of Australian Women, which celebrates the outstanding achievements of Australian women. Catherine has been ranked by Chambers Asia Pacific since 2013 as a leading individual and listed by Best Lawyers since 2019 edition in Insurance Law.

Catherine is a company director and recently completed nine years as a Non-Executive Director of Zurich Australian Superannuation Pty Ltd.

Catherine has a deep understanding of the issues and challenges facing the insurance market, which she brings to her legal work. Catherine has delivered numerous seminars over the years on matters relating to insurance, reinsurance, corporate governance, directors’ duties, privacy and social media.

In 2017, Catherine was appointed as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Law, Sydney by the University of Notre Dame, in recognition of her work over many years for the Law School as an Advisory Board member and as a mentor for the law students.

Catherine is recognised in the peer-review guide, Best Lawyers in Australia (2022 edition) for her expertise in Insurance Law.

Jan 21, 2019

INSIGHT: Made a mistake? Tell the client asap or risk a finding of deceit

The decision of O’Callaghan J in the Federal Court at Victoria in Neville’s Bus Service Pty Limited v Pitcher Partners Consulting Pty Limited & Ors [2018] FCA 2098 sends a salutary warning to professionals to act honestly and appropriately as soon as they discover that they, or colleagues whom they supervise, may have made a […]

Apr 27, 2018

INSIGHT: The Storm has passed!

On 22 March 2018, Justice Dowsett of the Federal Court in Queensland imposed civil penalties of $70,000 each on Mr and Mrs Cassimatis (Mr and Mrs C), the directors of Storm Financial and disqualified them from managing corporations for 7 years: ASIC v Cassimatis (No 9) [2018] FCA 385. Justice Edelman had previously found they […]