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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

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Sophy has 15 years experience acting on complex disputes, particularly contested insurance claims. She regularly acts for mining companies in liability, D&O and PD/BI insurance coverage disputes. She also represents contractors in construction projects on contract works claims. She has represented numerous clients defending class actions and bringing associated D&O claims. Having undertaken lengthy secondments within BHP and Transurban, Sophy has industry knowledge and a commercial approach. She also has experience in regulatory investigations, representing a large bank in the Royal Commission into Banking Misconduct, and having commenced her career at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

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.
  • We are working with clients across our international network to help them minimise the impact of COVID-19 on their business and to prepare for what's next. To find out more, visit our dedicated Covid-19 hub.


Known as one of the world's most liveable cities Melbourne is a hub for industry with many global and national companies calling the city home.

Leading companies in the construction, commodities, energy, insurance and shipping sectors base their Australian headquarters in the city and HFW is centrally positioned, providing full legal support to our clients.

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