Kaila Leendertz


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As one of HBA’s health law specialists, Kaila is uniquely placed in this field as both a qualified solicitor and a registered nurse.

She has comprehensive experience acting as a plaintiff lawyer, defendant lawyer, and an in-house lawyer for Queensland’s Hospital and Health Services.  This is combined with over ten years’ experience as a critical care nurse.

Kaila worked on a wide variety of health law challenges during her time as a lawyer with Torres and Cape HHS under the supervision of senior lawyers at Metro North HHS, and also on the plaintiff side of the negotiating table as a solicitor within Shine Lawyers’ medical law team.

Most recently, Kaila practised as a defendant lawyer with Ashurst in its dispute resolution team before joining HBA Legal in early 2021 under Partner Courtney Steele.

Kaila is highly capable in assisting with both simple and complex medical compensation claims and with progressing claims under PIPA and WCRA.  She also has experience with matters related to the OHO, AHPRA and Queensland Government including assisting with advising on internal performance, disciplinary issues and procedures, and assisting with managing conflicts of interest and coronial inquest.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws (2011) and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2013.  She also holds a Bachelor of Nursing (2010) and completed her training in intensive care at the Princess Alexandra Hospital (2012). Kaila has a Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Nursing (2015).

Kaila is committed to keeping her finger on the pulse by remaining current clinically.


Why clients like her …

With her dual background in nursing and law, Kaila brings a fresh outlook and multidisciplinary approach to health law.

Importantly, she understands the personal toll a claim can take on healthcare practitioners and is skilled at working in partnership with clients to help reduce that stress that so often ensues.


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