Bettina Taylor

Bettina Taylor, MBChB, Int.Dip.Res.Eth., MPH (Health Economics)

Following completion of her medical degree, Bettina started her professional life as a medical registrar and clinician, lecturer and researcher in clinical pharmacology at Groote Schuur Hospital.  Passionate about the enablement of broad access to high quality healthcare services, she subsequently joined the healthcare financing industry where she led drug and health technology assessments and health policy for Medscheme for many years, and engaged at industry level in healthcare financing reform.

In 2017, she joined EthiQal following launch of their professional indemnity cover.  As clinical risk management lead, she is focused on understanding medico-legal risks and enabling risk management solutions that protect doctors and their patients.  Being married to a neurosurgeon in both private and academic practice, she has always remained close to the day-to-day challenges faced by practitioners.

When not problem-solving, Bettina loves to clear her mind training in the pool, swimming in the Cape’s icy oceans with family and friends and running on the mountain with her Vizsla.

Maria Philippides


Dispute Resolution Practice

Maria is a dispute resolution and litigation specialist. Her focus is on insurance law and contractual and delictual disputes in Africa as well as in various jurisdictions in Europe. Her insurance practice concentrates on advising insurers, reinsurers, brokers and corporate clients on coverage issues and also managing disputes on their behalf in relation to a number of insurance related issues arising from their various policies.  She has successfully handled numerous claims and actions dealing with issues of fraud, material non-disclosure and misrepresentation, subrogation, insurable interest, warranties, and the like within the context of corporate, commercial and domestic property, assets and liability insurance (including commercial, industrial and agricultural fire insurance), all risks cover, professional indemnity insurance, broadform liability, product liability, business interruption and personal injury.  She has represented major players in the local and international insurance markets (including international insurers and indemnity organisations), the security industry and the medical and dental professions.

Maria regularly publishes and presents talks to the insurance industry, medical and dental professions as well as to the security industry, and has been interviewed on eNCA, 702, and by the written media. She has also contributed to the South African Chapter of the 2020 Chambers Insurance and Reinsurance Guide.

Her expertise has been recognised by various international research organisations including Chambers Global, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal and Best Lawyers. Maria has B.Com and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand.