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Glenn Atkins

Partner

Sydney

+61 2 9234 4520

Glenn specialises in industrial accident litigation with an emphasis on workers compensation and work injury damages claims. He has over 30 years’ experience and is recognised as an expert in the field.

Glenn is recognised as an industry leader in acting for NSW government agencies, claims agents, private sector employers and their insurers. Glenn is the lawyer of choice for handling in particular, complex and sensitive matters for government agencies.

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

Glenn acted for Woolworths in a successful defence of a special leave application in the High Court in the matter of Woolworths ats Lister, a decision which impacted on the statutory definition of award under the Workers Compensation Act 1987 (NSW).

Glenn is widely recognised for his client focus and ability to achieve commercial results through the conciliation and arbitration process, and through mediation and early dispute resolution procedures.

Glenn was accredited by the Law Society of NSW in 1994 as an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury. He was subsequently appointed as an Examiner of other lawyers seeking the same accreditation.

Glenn has renowned expertise in managing stakeholder relations in complex claims which have been flagged with icare as involving a significant legal issue.

Glenn is quick to identify sensitive matters and formulates an early settlement strategy in order to resolve these claims as quickly and cost effectively as possible. Likewise, claims worthy of a contest are identified and prepared accordingly.

Glenn is the QBE / Moray & Agnew relationship partner for workers compensation claims in New South Wales and works closely with QBE management teams, to ensure the proper handling of the litigated claims portfolio and the smooth management of stakeholder relations.

Glenn has been nominated by QBE as an employer, to be the preferred legal provider for all NSW statutory and work injury damages claims where QBE is a party to the litigation.

Glenn is the lawyer of choice for NSW Ambulance in handling the litigated claims portfolio in the sensitive emergency services arena.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Glenn has advised in thousands of public and private sector claims for over three decades and stands by his reputation as the lawyer of choice for the successful defence of statutory claims and work injury damages claims
  • Al-Nouri v Al-Nouri Pty Limited [2010] NSWWCPD(85) – acted for the scheme agent in a successful defence of an appeal where the worker sought to bring a fresh claim, notwithstanding a binding determination of the Workers Compensation Commission (WCC) which held the worker had no entitlement. The determination operated as a res judicata.
  • Lister v Woolworths Limited [s359] 2004 – involving definition of ‘Award’. Acted for Woolworths in a successful defence of a special leave application in the High Court of Australia, a decision which impacted on the statutory definition of award in the Workers Compensation Act 1987 (NSW).
  • Boral Besser Masonry Limited v Jabarkhill [1999] NSWCA 476 – involving the need to plead a certain injury in order to sustain a finding of incapacity based on that same injury.

Recognition

Awards

Ranked in the peer-reviewed Best Lawyers® in Australia list since 2021.

Ranked as a Leading Lawyer – Workers Compensation (Defendant) in New South Wales by Doyle’s Guide, 2020.

Expertise

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, 1983, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Laws, 1985, University of Sydney

Specialist Accreditations

  • Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law, 1994
  • Law Society Examiner for Accreditation in Personal Injury Law

Memberships

  • Law Society of New South Wales