Key Practice Areas
Annie specialises and practices in the area of asbestos litigation and acts for clients suffering from mesothelioma, asbestosis and asbestos related lung cancers.
Primarily based at the Adelaide office but also sees clients in other Turner Freeman offices both within SA and interstate, in hospitals, and at their home.
Annie joined Turner Freeman in November 2003 as a law clerk. She was admitted to practice in 2007 and became a partner in 2013. Annie is the managing partner of the Turner Freeman Adelaide office.
Annie has run more successful dust diseases cases to trial in South Australia than any other lawyer. She has played a leading role in developing the law in this area to the benefit of asbestos victims.
In Abel v. Amaca Pty Limited (formerly James Hardie & Coy Pty Limited), Annie obtained the first verdict against James Hardie in a product liability claim in South Australia. The matter of Abel was also the first fully contested matter to run under the Dust Diseases Act 2005 (SA).
Annie has obtained a number of successful judgments against BHP Billiton Limited for former workers of the Whyalla Shipyards. The first was the matter of Parker v. BHP Billiton Limited. The judgment handed down the first award of exemplary damages under the Dust Diseases Act 2005 (SA). Annie further successfully defended an appeal brought by BHP against the judgment and the award of exemplary damages.
“The matter of Parker v BHP was certainly a milestone in my career and a case that I am particularly proud of. Obtaining the first award of exemplary damages under the Dust Diseases Act was significant and has paved the way for future claims.”
Annie also ran the first successful mesothelioma claim in South Australia against the Electricity Trust of South Australia (ETSA). In the matter of Geyer Annie was successful in not only obtaining damages for Mr Geyer in relation to his condition of mesothelioma, but also the first payment for exemplary damages by ETSA in an asbestos case.
Annie has acted for hundreds of South Australians suffering from asbestos disease. She has obtained compensation for suffers of mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and asbestos related pleural disease. Her clients come from all walks of life including former employees of James Hardie, Bradford Insulation, Bells Asbestos, BHP, ETSA, Commonwealth Railways and SA Railways. Annie has obtained compensation for carpenters, electricians, plumbers, builders, home renovators and wives washing dusty clothes.
“It is an extremely satisfying job providing peace of mind to sufferers of asbestos disease and their families. I could not imagine using my knowledge and skills for a better purpose.”
Annie is a member of the Asbestos Victims Association (SA) and provides advice to its members on a regular basis.
B. International Studies; LLB (with Honours), University of Adelaide
Inaugural member of the SA Dust Diseases Rules Committee
Annie is a member of:
- The Law Society of South Australia
- Australian Lawyers Alliance
- Asbestos Victims Association of South Australia