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Ryan Nattrass

Senior Associate

Brisbane

+61 7 3144 7961

Ryan is a Senior Associate within the Brisbane Professional Indemnity & Health Law team. He acts for a broad range of professional indemnity insurers as well as privately funded professionals.

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

Ryan commenced practise at Moray & Agnew in 2014. He then practised in London, the United Kingdom, from 2017 to 2019 (inclusive), both as a professional indemnity claims manager for a major international broking firm, and also as an Australian qualified solicitor for one of the UK’s largest specialist insurance law firms.

Ryan’s current practice involves advising insurers (and their intermediaries) on coverage and policy application, as well defending claims against professionals. He also acts in regulatory matters involving professionals in relation to performance, conduct, impairment and registration requirements. Ryan also acts in matters involving Coronial Inquests, administrative and judicial review, and provides discrete advice to professionals in relation to matters such as their potential liability when acting as an expert witness, consideration of codes of conduct, claims for privilege and confidentiality, and ownership of work product.

In addition to his work as a solicitor, Ryan is an academic in the Law Faculty at one of Queensland’s largest universities, where he is involved in the teaching of subjects such as Torts, Human Rights, Equity & Trusts, Legal Research, Evidence, and Administrative Law.

Ryan’s previous experience as a claims manager enables him to appreciate the importance of effective and proactive claims management. Ryan understands the need for claims managers to obtain frank, concise and prompt advice to assist in the efficient management of their claims portfolio.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Examples of Ryan’s experience include:

  • Acting for a health practitioner in the inquest into the death of Mason Jet Lee
  • Successfully avoiding immediate action against a medical practitioner (being the proposed imposition of conditions tantamount to suspension) in response to more than 30 contemporaneous notifications made to the Medical Board of Australia
  • Successfully avoiding the statutory prosecution of a geomembrane specialist in respect of an alleged contravention of s115 of the Professional Engineers Act 2002
  • Advising private clients of the requirements for inclusion on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods
  • Successfully defending a claim against a firm of auctioneers for breach of contract (including breach of statutory terms under trade practices legislation), misrepresentation (as to both quality and provenance), and negligence arising from the sale of a trio of bespoke, high-value shotguns
  • Successfully striking-out a claim against a solicitor on the basis that the allegation that the plaintiff had lost their ability to enforce a charging order was misconceived (as the charge was equitable and did not require registration to preserve priority)
  • Advising insurers on coverage (resulting in successful declinature) following the failure of the insured (a fine art dealer) to comply with notification provisions that acted as a condition precedent to cover in relation to two multi-million GBP claims brought by both private clients and a major international museum
  • Acting in a broad range of claims in respect of personal injury (including dependency claims), public liability, defamation, professional liability of real estate agents and construction professionals
  • Acting in public and judicial review matters, including disputes under the Public Service Act 2008 and review of decisions to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal
  • Defending various claims against solicitors arising from matters such as failed litigation (including missed deadlines), lender claims, negligent drafting of Wills / administration of estates, under-settlement of personal injury or matrimonial matters, fraud and professional conduct matters.

Recognition

  • Dean’s Honour Roll 2013, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, University of Queensland

Expertise

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), 2011, Queensland University of Technology
  • Master of Laws, 2013, University of Queensland

Memberships

  • Queensland Law Society
  • Young Insurance Professionals
  • Medico-Legal Society of Queensland