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Public Liability

Our public liability team knows that the easiest legal solution is to avoid accidents in the first place. So we take a strategic approach to public liability, which combines prevention and risk minimisation with robust legal representation.

Bartier Perry’s lawyers impart their expertise in personal injury, property damage, product liability, bodily harm and catastrophic injury, to ensure that our clients do what they can to implement reasonable safety measures before any accident occurs. That way, should a claim ever end up in court, you’ll usually be on firmer legal ground.

Our team exclusively represents defendants and insurers in a wide range of litigated and non-litigated public liability claims, with expert knowledge in complex public liability issues involving personal injury, bodily harm, catastrophic injury, property damage and product liability, and multi-party claims. Our clients’ sectors span retail, building and construction, asset management, farming, childcare/education, sports, leisure and asbestos removal.

We offer a straightforward, user friendly approach to claims management and advice with a focus on achieving best results in a cost-effective manner. We’ve also developed a number of management tools and reporting mechanisms which many of our clients trust to manage their entire claims process.


We can:

  • Review your exposure to public liability claims and help you develop a comprehensive plan for reducing risks.

  • Advise you on your rights and obligations - as well as any potential liability - under the Civil Liability Act.

  • Advise you on your contractual liability under any commercial agreements or arrangements.

  • Represent you in occupier’s liability matters involving claims of bodily injury and catastrophic injury.

  • Advise you on rural insurance and farm liabilities, including acting for farmers in a wide range of personal injury claims arising from farm activities, as well as property damage and product liability claims.

  • Advise you on retail matters, including shopping centres’ exposure to property damage and business interruption claims by tenants.

  • Advise you on childcare and education providers’ liability in a range of claims including sexual assault and bodily injury.

  • Act for you in the defence of a range of property damage and financial loss claims, in construction matters.

  • Advise and represent you in defending diverse bodily and catastrophic injury claims against sporting associations.

  • Help you defend a public liability claim in the Supreme Court or other courts or tribunals, so that you have the best chance of succeeding.

  • Help you settle public liability claims informally through alternative dispute resolution.

Bartier Perry has been recognised as a leading law firm in NSW in the area of public liability by Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession since 2017.