Katharyn Johnston

Senior Associate

Katharyn has over 8 years’ experience in the field of insurance and 12 years in the legal field. Prior to joining Meridian Lawyers, Katharyn gained valuable experience at the Crown Solicitor’s Office in Adelaide and as a Senior Associate at a large international firm.

Katharyn specialises in the defence of personal injury claims and coronial investigations involving health professionals. Her experience comprises of medical negligence claims by patients and their families including claims for personal injury (including multi-million dollar catastrophic injury claims and birth injury claims) nervous shock claims and dependency claims. More recently, Katharyn also assists medical and pharmacy practitioners with disciplinary investigations and hearings.

Katharyn also has extensive experience in representing government departments both in negligence and common law claims. She has demonstrated knowledge in providing risk assessment advice to insurers and providing public liability advice in relation to personal injury and property claims.

Beyond this, Katharyn also has substantial experience in acting as counsel. She has appeared both as a criminal prosecutor and in civil defence in all South Australian jurisdictions, including the Coroner’s Court and in the Local Court and District Court of New South Wales. Katharyn also has experience acting for government departments in large scale Inquests, commissions and inquiries.