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Brady Cockburn

With more than 24 years’ experience in injury litigation (including specialist accreditation), Brady has the technical know-how to deliver outstanding results for his corporate clients.

As a partner in Cooper Grace Ward’s insurance team, Brady’s practice focuses on workers’ compensation claims on behalf of WorkCover Queensland and Wesfarmers Group TeamCover. He also represents RACQ Insurance in CTP claims and manages the firm’s CTP practice.

Brady is an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law and a member of the Queensland Law Society Specialist Accreditation Board.

He has represented both corporate and private clients in all areas of injury litigation, including claims involving work accidents, motor vehicle accidents, defective products, medical negligence, public liability and criminal compensation.

Before joining Cooper Grace Ward, Brady was a partner in the injury litigation division of another Brisbane legal firm for six years and was an Associate prior to this. He also worked in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in the late 1990s.

Brady’s focus is on resolving claims promptly and appropriately, which he achieves with balanced and pragmatic advice. With experience acting on behalf of both claimants and defendants, he brings an appreciation of the issues facing both parties to litigation.

Brady is also a volunteer solicitor for LawRight, providing advice to unrepresented litigants through the QCAT process.

  • Bachelor of Laws – Queensland University of Technology
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice – Queensland University of Technology
  • Solicitor – Supreme Court of Queensland & High Court of Australia
  • Accredited Specialist – Personal Injuries
  • Board Member – Queensland Law Society Specialist Accreditation Board
  • Member – Australian Lawyers Alliance
  • Member – Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Named in Doyle’s Guide list of leading Workers Compensation and WorkCover lawyers (Defendant) since 2018
  • Named in Doyle’s Guide list of leading Compulsory Third Party Insurance lawyers since 2018
  • Best Lawyers Australia – recognised as a leading lawyer in insurance law, personal injury litigation and motor vehicle law, including being named Brisbane Lawyer of the Year for motor vehicle law in 2022.
  • Acting in numerous multi-party claims involving the construction and mining industries.
  • Acting in numerous claims relating to the health and aged care industries including pure psychological injury claims.
  • Acting in numerous claims involving the retail and liquor industries including claims involving criminal assaults by third parties upon employees.
  • Acting on behalf of state government departments and instrumentalities in claims under the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (WCRA).
  • Acting on behalf of insurers and self-insured businesses under the WCRA relating to both statutory and common law claims.
  • Acting on behalf of a major CTP insurer in claims regulated by the Motor Accident Insurance Act 1994 (MAIA) and Civil Liability Act 2003 (CLA).
  • Handling claims involving situations of complex interaction between the WCRA, MAIA, and Personal Injuries Proceedings Act 2002 (Qld).
  • Acting in numerous catastrophic injury claims (including claims involving quadriplegia).
  • Investigating and resolving claims involving fraudulent activities.

Areas of Expertise


Host employer stung with 75% liability for trip and fall - despite finding of direct breach by labour hire employer

In a recent Queensland Supreme Court decision, a host employer was found to be 75% liable for failing to implement and enforce a safe system of work after a labour hire employee fractured his elbow when attempting to dodge a wasp and then falling over a bag of rubbish.

Pot scrubber fails in repetitive injury claim in Mackay District Court

In the recent decision of Bishop v Compass Group Remote Hospitality Services Pty Ltd [2024] QDC 14, the District Court found that, although the employer had breached its duty of care towards its employee, that breach had not caused the injured worker’s bilateral elbow condition.

Watch your step! Neither employer nor principal contractor liable for worker’s failure to watch where they were going

In the recent District Court decision of Morris v Evolution Traffic Control Pty Ltd [2023] QDC 195, an employer and principal contractor were both found not liable for a trip and fall on a raised section of bitumen at a traffic site.