Dilani Patrick

Dilani Patrick

Senior Associate Melbourne, Australia

Dilani is a Senior Associate in our Kennedys office in Melbourne. She has an extensive background in personal injury spanning over seven years, and was admitted to the profession in early 2018. Prior to her move into private practice, Dilani undertook her legal traineeship at the Transport Accident Commission in Victoria, working in an in-house capacity.

Dilani has a keen interest in health insurance and she acts for medical practitioners and private hospitals in the defence of medical negligence claims, disciplinary proceedings, registration issues, coronial inquests and healthcare complaints. Dilani is also experienced in general insurance and life insurance, having acted for Australian insurers in the defence of public and product liability claims and TPD claims including recovery matters associated with statutory schemes.

Dilani’s day to day work includes providing strategic and commercial advice to health insurers and medical professionals with respect to regulatory issues and making submissions on their behalf to the relevant bodies. Dilani is also an experienced litigator and manages a broad practice of civil matters including complex medical claims. Dilani has broad experience in negotiation, mediation and alternative dispute resolution and defends claims across all Victorian courts and Tribunals.

Dilani is also a member of the Law Institute of Victoria Young Lawyers (LIVYL) editorial and professional development committees and contributes to the network’s publications. Dilani is also a member of the Kennedys Australian Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.  

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) and Laws | Monash University | 2016

Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Victoria | 2018

Market recognition

  • 30 under 30 Finalist, Health and Medical, Lawyers Weekly 2021
  • 30 under 30 Finalist, Health and Medical, Lawyers Weekly 2020
  • Quarter Finalist – Justice Marilyn Moot, Victorian Women Lawyers 2018

Work highlights

  • Defending medical practitioners in disciplinary proceedings initiated by AHPRA.
  • Defending medical practitioners in investigations and audits by the Department of Health.
  • Representing medical practitioners in coronial investigations and Inquests.
  • Defending litigated common law claims (including medical negligence and public liability) claims in all Australian court jurisdictions including appellant courts and alternative dispute forums.
  • Referring impairment assessments to the medical panel and appellate work on impairment assessment outcome.
  • Defending organisations in recovery claims from WorkCover, Transport Accident Commission and other statutory schemes.
  • Advising organisations on insurance coverage, liability issues and policy interpretation