Areas of Expertise

Karl has been an insurance lawyer for over 7 years, specialising in providing advice and representing clients in statutory and common law workers compensation matters.

Karl’s experience includes advising and acting for self-insurers, NSW workers’ compensation managed fund scheme agents, treasury managed fund agents and icare in physical and psychological litigated and non-litigated matters.

Karl also has experience in providing advice on section 151Z recoveries, fatality and fraud matters.

 

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Deakin University)

  • Bachelor of Arts – Psychology (Deakin University)

  • Graduate Diploma Legal Practice (College of Law)

 

What Karl's clients say

"We would be pleased if you brought it to Karl’s management how pleased we were with his efforts and timeliness in regard to this urgent complex matter. He maintained contact and covered all contingencies” - A satisfied client after Karl provided urgent advice on an insurance coverage issue, which involved the application of both domestic and international law.

 

A word from Karl

I enjoy practising in workers compensation as the issues and claims are people-based and traverse many different stakeholders and communities. I find the fast-paced and continually changing nature of workers compensation law to be both challenging and rewarding.

When providing advice, I endeavour to identify the key issues and foreshadow relevant issues that may arise. I consider the practical implications of the advice from a legal and non-legal perspective, including matters such as commerciality, reputational matters; and the model litigant policy. I ensure clients are aware of the prospects of success, including with respect to issues to be raised in declinature notices and pleadings, to manage expectations and avoid unnecessary costs, disputes and delays for both the client and the worker.

 

Career highlights

  • Achieving a 100% recovery for a client in a complex section 151Z claim, for payments made in respect of a previous fatality matter, thereby avoiding the need for the matter to become litigated and having favourable premium impact.

  • Being twice seconded to Fire & Rescue NSW to work as a Workers Compensation Advisor.

  • Providing ongoing training and claims’ reviews for one of Australia’s largest employers.

  • Successfully defending two matters before the NSW Court of Appeal.

  • Acting in a NSW Supreme Court matter, involving multiple insurers, in which the Plaintiff’s statement of claim was struck out.

  • Acting in a NSW Court of Appeal matter in which verdict for the Defendant was preserved.

  • Successfully defending two notices of motion involving a novel estoppel and section 151D issue.

 

Specific areas of focus

  • NSW Workers Compensation.

  • Responding to claims including considering/providing advice on risk minimisation and early management of complex claims.

  • Statutory and common law matters including litigated and pre-litigated advice work.

  • Regular monitoring/review of matters to ensure compliance with timeframes and strategy concerning obtaining evidence including from a costs’ management perspective.

  • Psychological/psychiatric injury.

  • All forms of physical injuries, including diseases of gradual process type injuries.

  • Defending claims in the Workers Compensation Commission, District Court and Supreme Court.

  • Reviewing matter/claim documents holistically to determine the salient issues; foreshadow issues; and consider concurrent issues such as reputational and model litigant factors.