Melody Fugate

Senior Associate

Melody is an experienced insurance litigator, having worked in commercial litigation, public liability, and subrogated recovery matters. Melody has demonstrated ability to achieve client goals in a commercial manner, whilst ensuring pragmatic resolution for injured persons.


Melody has acted for Australian and overseas insurers for several years, advising on policy coverage, contractual indemnities, liability and quantum in personal injuries and property damage claims. Previously, Melody acted for State Government institutions in personal injury claims, with her experience extending to highly sensitive historical abuse matters.

Melody's areas of expertise include:

  • public liability
  • historical abuse matters
  • subrogated recovery
  • contractual indemnity claims
  • medical negligence
  • pro bono assistance.

Melody is also a passionate volunteer solicitor, assisting LawRight's self representation legal service, and being an active member of the refugee community.

Career highlights

Melody's career highlights include:

  • defending unmeritorious personal injury claims and successfully arguing against the credibility of the plaintiff's allegations
  • advising departments regarding vicarious liability in relation to criminal acts of their employees
  • defending claims for nervous shock relating to the unexpected and tragic death of a child
  • defending claims brought against volunteers arising from allegations of historic child sexual abuse
  • successfully arguing contractual indemnity claims on behalf of a large-scale construction client, resulting in full indemnification and compensation of legal costs spent to date.