EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE
Admitted in 2002, Paul has practiced exclusively in the area of statutory compensation and common law claims with a particular emphasis upon assisting employers and insurers with early claims determination, strategic claims management advice, statutory interpretation, alternate dispute resolution and where necessary, litigated outcomes. In addition to private practice, Paul has also been seconded to government (icare).
Paul has experience in managing the most complicated and sensitive claims for employers and insurers including those involving media interest, catastrophic injuries and fatalities, uninsured liabilities and motor vehicles, deemed employment, cross-border jurisdictional issues, shared claims, private / public partnerships and multiparty common law matters. He routinely advises on claims governed by both the 1926 and 1987 Workers Compensation Acts in respect of workers, deemed workers, exempt workers and coal miners, and undertakes litigation in most NSW Courts and Tribunals including the Workers Compensation Commission, District and Supreme Courts, the NSW Court of Appeal and in the Residual Jurisdiction of the District Court.
Paul’s philosophy toward legal practice involves him providing his clients, as early as possible, plain English advice regarding the merits of a claim and then collaboratively engaging with the employer and insurer stakeholders to resolve disputes as quickly and as cost effectively as possible. He prides himself on his ability to action urgent instructions with the provision of definitive advice (often within 24 hours of being instructed) and remaining informed of the most recent developments in workers compensation practice.
Paul has advised and represented hundreds of public and private sector employers as well as all major insurers in the NSW statutory market for nearly two decades. His most noteworthy reported cases involve the successful defence of claims for statutory death benefits (The Office of the Public Guardian v Manning (2008) 7 DDCR 302; Miller v State of New South Wales  NSWCA 152) however, his more conspicuous accomplishment relates to the vast majority of his cases which were forensically prepared, resolved quickly and discretely with the application of alternate dispute resolution principles and invariably on terms far advantageous to his clients’ interests (in many instances, involving settlements hundreds of thousands of dollars below estimated reserves).
Ranked as a Recommended Lawyer – Workers Compensation (Defendant) and Public and Product Liability (Defendant) in NSW by Doyle's Guide 2019.