Pippa Austin

Pippa Austin

Senior Associate (Foreign Qualified Lawyer) Singapore, Singapore

Pippa is an Associate based in Kennedys’ Singapore office. She qualified in Sydney, Australia in 2014 and joined Kennedys in June 2020.

Pippa is an experienced insurance specialist and has undertaken policy coverage advice work and defence work across a range of product lines including Directors & Officers, Financial Institutions, Professional Indemnity and Cyber.

In Sydney, Pippa’s defence practice focused on disputes involving directors and officers of clubs, associations and societies, as well as professional negligence and workplace/industrial matters that were both litigated and non-litigated.

Pippa has also acted as coverage counsel on behalf of insurers in both the Australian and London markets, including in relation to claims litigated in Indonesia and the Philippines.

Work highlights

  • Acted for an insurer client in respective of coverage sought by six former directors of a sporting Club, as well as the Club itself. The nature of the allegations and proceedings meant that a number of coverage issues fell for consideration, as well as a great degree of co-ordination of the various defence counsel appointed to act on behalf of individual directors.
  • Acted for both a cultural Club and a number of its directors in proceedings commenced by some members and former members in an oppression suit that alleged misconduct by the Board. We were successful and received a significant cost order in our favour.
  • Part of the defence team acting on behalf of a prominent engineering company in NSW Supreme Court proceedings commenced by a large property development group and its related entities, with a subsequent cross-claim against Pippa's client. Pippa's client was retained by the development group to provide structural engineering services for the construction of a large development in the Sydney CBD.
  • Acted for London insurers as coverage counsel in relation to a structural engineer whose designs were the subject of disciplinary and criminal proceedings. As a result of the site collapse that allegedly resulted from Pippa's client’s deficient designs, two sets of civil proceedings were also commenced.