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Sophy Woodward

Special Counsel


Level 39, Bourke Place
600 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Office Telephone: +61 (0) 3 8601 4500
Office Fax: +61 (0) 3 8601 4555

Direct Dial (Melbourne): +61 (0)3 8601 4510

Mobile: +61 (0)408 765 746 Download VCard

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Sophy acts for Australia's largest corporations involved in complex disputes, especially contested insurance claims. She has particularly strong experience acting for mining companies in liability, D&O and PD/BI insurance coverage disputes. She also regularly acts for financial services clients, primarily major banks involved in high profile disputes. Having undertaken secondments within BHP and Transburban, Sophy has industry knowledge and a commercial approach. Clients commend Sophy as "enormously reliable, efficient and helpful, able to assimilate issues quickly and provide advice quickly and succinctly."

Her recent work includes:

  • Acting for a large mining company on a cross-border liability insurance claim.
  • Acting for a large mining company on a PD/BI insurance claim arising from a seismic event.
  • Acting for Newcrest Mining defending a shareholder class action and bringing a cross-claim for coverage against its D&O insurers.
  • Acting for a major bank on the Royal Commission into Banking Misconduct.
  • Acting for Ensham Resources in its PD/BI insurance claim arising from the Queensland floods.


The Melbourne office is widely recognised as being among Australia’s most distinguished maritime, trade, energy and insurance law practices.

The office handles a broad range of contentious and non-contentious work for international marine and insurance industry clients, multi-national and local mining and oil and gas companies, agricultural commodities producers and traders, financial institutions, port and terminal operators and logistics services providers, and construction contractors.

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