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Paul Mentor

Special Counsel

Melbourne

+61 3 8687 7384

Paul’s expertise in personal injury litigation and dispute resolution includes Commonwealth and State workers’ compensation and common law matters He has acted for major government departments and agencies. He was seconded to a major Commonwealth agency as Acting National Manager Legal Services and has acted for a major Victorian department in a significant class action.

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

Paul has practised in State workers’ compensation since 1982, acting for respondents. He is a longstanding and current member of the LIV Personal Injury Law Advisory Committee.

He has acted for Comcare and its licensees in Commonwealth compensation matters since 1993. For most of that time, he has been a member of the Commonwealth Compensation and Employment Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia and is still a member. He has presented at ‘Hot Topics’ seminars.

Paul has acted extensively for both State and Commonwealth government departments and agencies in matters ranging from a significant class action for a Victorian government department (where the department was released from the proceeding) to matters involving social security law.

Paul brings to all areas of his work his experience in, and enthusiasm for, alternative dispute resolution where possible whilst meticulously preparing matters for hearing where settlement does not eventuate.

Paul is well known in the Commonwealth compensation jurisdiction and has appeared in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in Melbourne and Brisbane in compensation and social security matters as well as in interlocutory matters in the Federal Court. He also has extensive experience in personal injury common law claims.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Paul’s experience includes:

  • Representing a major Victorian government department in a complex multi-party class action.  This involved very tight time frames and review of some 13,000 documents as part of the electronic discovery process. The client ended up being released from the proceedings shortly before the hearing
  • While acting for a Commonwealth government department, Paul obtained an order for security for costs in the Federal Court and had two different applicants declared vexatious litigants.

Expertise

  • Australian Government
  • Commonwealth Compensation
  • Class actions
  • Dust and Public Tort
  • Public and Product Liability
  • Workers’ Compensation

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, 1977, Monash University
  • Bachelor of Laws, 1979, Monash University
  • Graduate Diploma of Labour Relations Law, 1991, Melbourne University
  • LEADR Trained Mediator

Specialist Accreditations

  • Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law, 1993

Memberships

  • Law Institute of Victoria (Personal Injury Law Advisory Committee)
  • Law Council of Australia (Commonwealth Compensation and Employment Law Committee)