Areas of Expertise

Stephen is a specialist in insurance litigation who works closely with employers and insurers. He develops clear strategies to investigate, manage and dispute workers compensation and work injury damages claims, and provides expert advice on appeals.

Stephen’s in-depth knowledge of workers compensation law means he can efficiently manage difficult psychological damages claims, including injuries caused by employer’s action and allegations of bullying and harassment. In these cases, he draws on his experience to find options to resolve the dispute as early as possible.

 

What Stephen’s clients say

“Thank you, Stephen. This is fantastic news.” - A satisfied client after Stephen represented them in proceedings that had the potential to become a significant claim for work injury damages. Stephen kept the worker below the required threshold to pursue a work injury damages claim.

 

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Diploma of Law (Legal Practitioners Admission Board)

 

A word from Stephen

"I am proud to have acted for a number of employers for the past 10 years. Over this time, I’ve developed strong relationships with the employers and gained an intricate knowledge of their business operations. This allows me to deliver timely and succinct advice meeting their specific requirements."

 

Career highlights

  • Advising NSW Maritime on disputing psychological injuries claims brought by corrupt former members of its legal department.

  • Successfully representing NSW Maritime in resolving claims over corruption and improper conduct allegations brought by former members of its legal department.

  • Advising for the NSW Department of Education for seven years on workers compensation and work injury claims involving complex and sensitive matters. This included injuries caused by employer action, allegations of workplace bullying and respiratory diseases due to exposure to dust from various types of wood.

  • Advising on claims for work injury damages for the Sydney Opera House Trust, such as claims based on unsafe work practices and systems of work and systemic bullying and harassment.

  • Successfully defending a workers compensation claim for NSW Police that lasted over six years. The claim centred on psychological injury allegedly due to workplace bullying and harassment. We presented extensive evidence to show that the injury was the result of reasonable management action under s 11A (1) of the Workers Compensation Act  1987.

 

Specific areas of focus

  • Workers compensation law

  • Workplace injury management law

  • Risk management

  • Dispute resolution