School Law: School Sport Legal Issues

Who is responsible? With schools being called to review reporting and recovery after student concussions it’s now more important than ever to take a look at exactly where your duty lays when it comes to school sports injuries. Breakdown exactly what is ‘personal injury’, the criteria for establishing claims, and discover the potential compensation and damages which might be awarded if a student was successful in proving negligence. As schools face increased scrutiny, prioritise compliance. 

Wednesday, 22 May 2024
Early Bird Discount ends 10 May 2024 $112.00

Teachers attending this session earn 1 Professional Development Hour (NSW, VIC) / CPD Point (QLD, WA, SA)
Lawyers attending this session earn 1 CPD unit in Substantive Law


Dr Steven Middleton, Associate Principal, St Margaret’s Berwick Grammar

1.00pm to 2.00pm School Sport Issues


  • Personal Injury overview: what is personal injury?
  • Overview of concussion guidelines for junior community sport
  • Who can claim compensation or damages for personal injury when it comes to school sports injuries?
  • What do you need to establish to claim compensation or damages?
  • If I am successful in establishing negligence, what compensation/damages may a student receive?
  • Case summaries of Court decisions on sporting and recreational activities

Presented by Mahen Manokarathas, Special Counsel, Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers; Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury


Dr. Steven Middleton, Principal, Berwick Grammar School
Dr Steven Middleton is currently the Associate Principal of St Margaret’s Berwick Grammar, a independent school in Melbourne’s outer south east. Over the past two decades Dr Middleton has worked in a variety of leadership roles in various independent School’s in both Sydney and Melbourne including The King’s School, Knox Grammar School and Carey Grammar. Dr Middleton has a passion for school culture, teacher and student growth and high performance in various contexts. His Doctoral Thesis from The University of Melbourne focused on leadership and character education for adolescents. Steve has written and presented extensively on issues of school culture, strategic leadership, student well-being and achievement in recent years. He is also beginning a Juris Doctor degree due to his interest in educational legal matters.

Mahen Manokarathas, Special Counsel, Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers
With over 10 years’ experience helping clients resolve difficult and complex compensation claims, Mahen Manokarathas prides himself on being compassionate and attentive in his dealings with his clients to achieve fair, equitable and timely outcomes. Mahen has also acted for Defendant’s and Self-Insured clients; allowing him to bring that unique understanding and perspective to each of his client’s claims whereby he understands what his injured clients seek but also understands how Defendant’s and Insurer’s operate. He specialises in complex workers compensation, third party liability, public liability and motor vehicle accident claims. Mahen’s practice also includes work for Defendant’s. Mahen has been recognised by the Law Society of NSW as an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury.

This seminar is part of a series

School Law: Disability, Sports, LGBTIQ+, Sexual Misconduct and Enrolment Contracts

With a crackdown on school sporting injuries, increasing pressure to prevent student on student sexual assault, recent recommendations from the Disability Royal Commission, a changing approach to LGBTIQIA+ students and an influx of enrolment contract disputes, don’t miss your chance to get across a diverse range of legal challenges affecting Australian schools in this unique series tailor made for educators. Get the insights and strategies needed to remain vigilant in a changing education system.


Teachers attending the entire series earn 5 Professional Development Hours (NSW, VIC) / CPD Points (QLD, WA, SA)
Lawyers attending the entire series earn 5 CPD units in Substantive Law

This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories

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School Law: School Sport Legal Issues


Single Session
Wednesday, 22 May 2024
1.00pm to 2.00pm Australia/Sydney
CPD Points 1
Early Bird Discount ends 10 May 2024 $112.00
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