Tony is workgroup leader of Cooper Grace Ward’s insurance team. Tony practises in personal injury litigation, specialising in workers’ compensation claims. He is a panel lawyer for WorkCover Queensland and also acts for a number of major self-insured workers’ compensation clients.
With vast experience in managing insurance claims and providing insurance advice, Tony acts as advocate for WorkCover and Cooper Grace Ward’s self-insured clients in a range of alternate dispute resolution situations.
He also advises self-insurers and other employers in relation to the statutory review process and represents those clients in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission and the Industrial Court.
Tony has special experience and interest in claims involving the health, retail and mining industries, including multi-party claims spanning the various Queensland personal injuries schemes. He also has a special interest in pure psychological injury claims.
Tony has been listed in Best Lawyers Australia for Insurance in 2013, and for Insurance and Personal Injury Litigation in 2014 and 2015.
- Bachelor of Laws – University of Queensland
- Bachelor of Economics – University of Queensland
- Solicitor – Supreme Court of Queensland
- Appointed – WorkCover Queensland panel lawyer
- Member – Australian Insurance Law Association
- Listed in Best Lawyers Australia for Insurance, 2013-2015
- Supervising partner for a total of approximately 200 current common law damages claims under the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Qld) and statutory review claims.
- Responsible for resolving over 1,000 claims during the period he has focused on workers’ compensation claims management. The considerable majority of these resolutions have been achieved with Tony acting as advocate in the alternate dispute resolution process.
- Finalises other claims through litigation in the Supreme and District Courts, and Court of Appeal, including successful trial and appeal outcomes.
- Advises clients in relation to all aspects of WCRA 2003, ranging from entitlement conditions, urgent compliance, disclosure, reasonable suspicion of fraud, and statutory limitation on damages, including gratuitous care.
- Acts in pure psychological injury claims, with specific expertise in relation to the threshold definitional issues of ‘injury’, particularly in relation to the ‘reasonable management action’ exclusion. These claims have recently included circumstances of bullying and harassment, overwork/lack of support and racial discrimination. Tony assists his clients by drafting reasons for a decision in relation to such claims, with many decisions being upheld by the Regulator.
- Represented a major self-insurer in an important recent decision in the Industrial Court, relating to journey claims.
- Involved in many multiple-party claims under the Personal Injuries Proceedings Act 2009 (Cth), including mining, construction and labour hire claims.
- Acts in claims relating to indemnity issues and ‘double insurance’, involving motor vehicles, including a recent claim involving a seriously injured claimant where a ‘double insurance’ situation arose with the CTP insurer.
- Regular presenter on the topic of claims involving a reasonable suspicion of fraud. Assisted in gathering evidence in matters involving ultimately successful prosecutions for fraud.
- Acts in claims involving major retailers, including ‘over a period of time’ claims.
- Currently representing a major retail self-insurer in a High Court appeal.