We have a long history of personal injury expertise. We are leaders in servicing statutory and general insurers and employers in Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and Queensland.
Our team is highly valued for their outstanding results, innovative approach and understanding of our clients’ business needs.
We are on WorkSafe Victoria’s common law, statutory benefits and recoveries legal panels, TAC’s informal panel, self-insurer panels and large general insurer panels. We are also on the legal panels of NSW WorkCover’s agents and compulsory third party (CTP) insurers. We act for a large number of employers in the defence of workers’ compensation claims.
We are recognised as leaders in the specialised area of recovery under the Vic, NSW, WA and Qld workers’ compensation schemes. Our recovery teams successfully recover several million dollars for our clients every year. We are currently looking at ways to identify and increase recovery for our clients in the future.
We see real opportunities for clients to benefit from our Smarter Law approach and investments, including the development of our Recovery Identification Application, which assists in the early identification of recovery files, and CLEAR, an app that helps self-insurers identify and manage common law claims. We have also developed sophisticated file status, tracking and outcome reporting to assist our clients to stay up-to-date on all matters.
Our statutory insurance teams have significant depth and size and deliver strategic, commercial and excellent service consistently.
A number of our senior lawyers are named in the Best Lawyers list and our insurance team is ranked in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 and Chambers Asia Pacific 2020, which comments: ‘the team's high level of client service is emphasised by one client as an important strength: "They are incredibly client-focused, good at listening and responding to needs. They're flexible and offer many value-adds"'.
Thinking| 12 Sep 2019
On 7 August 2019, the High Court handed down a decision finding that a commonwealth employee’s employment was lawfully terminated due to disciplinary action taken against her for broadcasting anonymously more than 9,000 tweets which were critical of her then-employer (the Department of Immigration), other employees and government and opposition immigration policies generally.
Thinking| 04 Apr 2019
The District Court has recently dismissed a worker’s appeal against a finding that he was not entitled to weekly payments on the basis of total incapacity for a period after he was made redundant until he obtained new employment and thereafter for a residual partial incapacity.
Thinking| 19 Feb 2019
The WA Court of Appeal has upheld a District Court judge’s decision apportioning 25% liability to Harvey Norman, in a case involving a customer injured while collecting purchases from Harvey Norman’s warehouse in Osborne Park.
Thinking| 17 Feb 2019
The WA Court of Appeal has upheld a District Court decision finding an employer negligent in circumstances where it knew workers were using a ‘short cut’ rather than the system of work the employer had devised.