Julie Somerville - Principal


Contact details

+61 2 9018 9921


  • Institutional abuse and sexual molestation claims
  • Medical negligence
  • Professional indemnity claims
  • Public liability claims
  • Insurance coverage

With almost 25 years’ experience, Julie has significant expertise in the areas of professional indemnity, medical negligence and public liability. Working closely with her clients to understand their business, Julie appreciates the financial and personal ramifications of a claim, complaint or investigation, and is known for her deep understanding of the legal, reputational and business issues facing professionals.

Julie has particular expertise handling claims involving allegations of sexual molestation and breaches of professional boundaries. She has assisted several allied health professionals in disciplinary complaints arising out of such issues. She has also handled, and is handling, litigated and unlitigated claims arising out of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

She has defended claims involving religious institutions, schools, sporting associations, church property trusts, aged care providers, community groups, child care centres, health and allied health. Julie brings an empathetic and pragmatic approach to practice. She is known for her ability to bring clarity to complex legal issues and simplify the jargon associated with legal and disciplinary systems.

Julie has been recognised by Doyle’s Guide and Best Lawyers for her expertise in medical negligence. Having acted in a number of major cases, Julie’s experience includes:

  • appearing for persons of interest in Coronial Inquests into deaths in aged care facilities and childrens’ services;
  • regularly assisting, and appearing for, a wide range of allied health professionals in disciplinary complaints, from preparing initial responses to AHPRA and the HCCC through to appeals from decisions of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal;
  • advising insurers on indemnity and coverage issues relating to claims arising from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse;
  • defending litigated claims alleging child physical and emotional abuse and sexual misconduct against various religious and secular institutions;
  • successfully defending a medical negligence claim against a public hospital arising out of catastrophic injuries suffered by a child during birth; and
  • successfully defending a claim against a child care centre by an employee who, while working at the centre, allegedly contracted a virus resulting in catastrophic injuries to her child in utero.

Julie is a member of the Law Society of New South Wales, Australian Professional Indemnity Group, Women in Insurance and the Medico-Legal Society of NSW.



  • Sydney

    Level 16, MLC Centre
    19 Martin Place
    Sydney, NSW 2000
    +61 2 9018 9999
    +61 2 9018 9900
  • Melbourne

    Level 12, 357 Collins Street
    Melbourne VIC 3000
    +61 3 9810 6777
    +61 3 9810 6770
  • Newcastle

    Level 6, 45 Watt Street
    Newcastle NSW 2300
    +61 2 4047 2600
    +61 2 4047 2699
  • Brisbane

    Level 8, 60 Edward Street
    Brisbane QLD 4000
    +61 7 3220 9333
    +61 7 3220 9399
  • Perth

    Level 3, 225 St Georges Terrace
    Perth WA 6000
    +61 8 6319 0470
    +61 8 6319 0499