Areas of Expertise

Mark has two decades of experience representing insurers and self-insurers in personal injury litigation. His experience covers workers compensation, work injury damages claims, liability issues and work capacity decisions. Mark offers sound legal and strategic advice to solve complex claims management problems.

Mark is well known for his forensic investigative approach to claims. His background includes working for a national workers compensation insurer, which adds to his in-depth knowledge of this area. He has also studied industrial accident and workplace relations law in his Master of Laws degree, and regularly advises clients on the best ways to approach claims management and claims litigation issues.

 

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws (Macquarie University)

  • Master of Laws (University of Sydney)

  • Member of Australian Insurance Law Association

 

Career highlights

  • Representing the City of Sydney, CGU and EML in complex judicial review proceedings in the NSW Supreme Court brought by claimants who challenged Medical Appeal Panel assessments of their level of permanent impairment.

  • Acting for EML TMF on complex work injury damages claims involving psychological and physical injuries suffered by State of NSW emergency services workers and health sector employees.

  • Defeating a multi-million dollar contentious claim for a severe hypoxic brain injury that was secondary to a heroin overdose. The young worker alleged he self-medicated with heroin to treat work-related PTSD after he was the alleged victim of an armed holdup at work. The defence involved a 20 stage factual investigation over two years, four medical and two expert witnesses, more than 12 lay witnesses and a four-week hearing in the NSW Supreme Court. The worker’s appeal to the Court of Appeal was also defeated.

  • Defeating two contentious District Court common law/work injury damages claims for NRMA on the same day (Campion v Doug Spedding and Rogers v John Levett) as well as defeating two contentious workers compensation claims for CGU and Allianz  in the Commission on the same day (Hull v Port Macquarie Hastings Council and Hoser v Steinhoff Asia Pacific Pty Ltd).

  • Presenting industry-leading seminars on “Apportionment and Aggregation Issues in Impairment Claims” and “AMS appeals and judicial reviews of Appeal Panel decisions”.

 

Specific areas of focus

  • Insurance law

  • Workers compensation claims

  • Work injury damages claims

  • Work capacity decisions and reviews

  • Claims management and resolution

  • Fraud claims

  • Claims investigations

  • Industrial accident investigations