Tony has been workgroup leader of Cooper Grace Ward’s insurance team since 2008 and has been a member of CGW’s Board since 2015. Tony practises in personal injuries litigation, specialising in worker’s compensation claims. He is currently the Supervising Partner for our relationship with WorkCover Queensland and also acts for a number of major self-insured workers’ compensation clients.
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 since, and for Insurance and Personal Injury Litigation since 2014 and 2015.
- Recognised in Doyle’s Guide as a Preeminent lawyer for Workers Compensation and WorkCover Lawyers (Defendant)
- Listed in Doyle’s Guide as a leading lawyer for Leading Workers Compensation and WorkCover Lawyers (Defendant), Queensland 2018
- 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 every year since 2013
- Ranked as a Leading Worker’s Compensation Lawyer in the Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession each year since 2015.
- Ranked as a Recommended Public and Product Liability Lawyer in the Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession in 2020.
- 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.