Personal Injuries: 3 Strategies to Maximise Damages

This is your go-to seminar on damages in personal injury claims. Offering 3 up to the minute presentations by industry experts who will dissect a key area related to maximising the outcome of a personal injury claim. Explore the assessment of damages where the claimant is a child and delve into the various aspects of quantifying economic loss of a self-employed plaintiff. Finally, join Rob Taylor who will take you through the legal implications of claiming damages under different regimes in the one claim.

Tuesday, 27 August 2024
Early Bird Discount ends 2 Aug 2024 $294.00

Attend and earn 3 CPD units including:
1 unit in Substantive Law
2 units in Professional Skills

This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories


Michael McAuley, Barrister, Second Floor Selborne Chambers

Professional Skills
2.00pm to 3.00pm Children with Catastrophic Injury Claims: The Pivotal Role of the OT Report in Quantifying Damages

In cases where children have suffered a catastrophic injury, the OT report is central in the work of the lawyer building the claim for damages, in sourcing other opinions, costings from builders and other medical specialists. This presentation will cover;

  • assessment, with costings of care over and above that of a typically developing child
  • lifetime care
  • equipment
  • home modifications
  • Impact on the family of supporting a child with catastrophic injuries

Presented by Nancy Stephenson, Consultant Occupational Therapist, Assess Medical Group

Professional Skills
3.00pm to 4.00pm Assessing Economic Loss of Self-Employed Plaintiffs


  • Loss of profits and/or replacement labour
  • Impact of the sale of a business
  • The premium for “entrepreneurship”
  • Taxation issues

Presented by Mariano Rossetto, Director, Forensic & Litigation, Vincents

4.00pm to 4.15pm Afternoon Tea
4.15pm to 5.15pm A Different Drummer: Claiming Damages Under Different Regimes in the One Claim


  • Work injury damages and the intersection of public liability and motor accident regimes
  • Might a workers compensation insurer pay motor accident damages?
  • The classic case: A worker run over by a forklift at work

Presented by Rob Taylor, Barrister, Jack Shand Chambers


Michael McAuley, Barrister, Second Floor Selborne Chambers
Michael McAuley has practised as a barrister since 1984. Prior to Michael’s admission to the Bar, he was Personal Assistant to the Deputy General Manager and Solicitor for the Government Insurance Office, and subsequently Commercial Lawyer. Following Michael’s admission to the Bar he has practised principally, but not exclusively, in personal injury law, including cases involving emergency worker posttraumatic stress disorder. Michael has also appeared from time to time in criminal matters and before the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). Michael appeared on behalf of the plaintiff in Day v Perisher Blue Pty Ltd [2005] NSWCA 110; [2005] 62 NSWLR 731, a major case on legal ethics. There, it was held that a pre-trial conference conducted by a legal practitioner acting on behalf of an insurer in which multiple witnesses attended and discussed amongst themselves the evidence which they intended to give at trial, seriously undermined the trial process, and was improper. Michael practices from Second Floor Selborne Chambers. Michael has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Sydney.

Mariano Rossetto, Director, Forensic & Litigation, Vincents
Mariano Rossetto was appointed Director at Vincents in 2017 and made the move from the legal sector where he worked as a forensic accountant for eight years at Slater and Gordon. His 32 year career also includes roles at Deloitte and Furzer Crestani. Mariano is currently a Director in our Forensic Services unit and specialises in the full spectrum of forensic and legal services. Mariano has considerable experience in all areas of litigation including personal injury throughout Australia and overseas. He has been involved in litigation cases in courts at all levels and has given expert testimony for in excess of 100 matters with involvement in the preparation of expert reports in thousands of cases.

Rob Taylor, Barrister, Jack Shand Chambers
Rob Taylor was admitted as a Solicitor in 1984 and as a Barrister in 1992. He has practiced for more than 38 years in personal injuries and associated litigation. He was employed as a Solicitor by Carroll & O’Dea for 8-years and was working as an Associate Partner when called to the Bar. As Counsel, Rob has appeared regularly in the Supreme Courts of NSW and ACT, the NSW District Court, the Compensation Court and Workers Compensation Commission of NSW and more recently in the Personal Injuries Commission of NSW. Rob has a large practice involved in preparation of and appearing for injured workers in Work Injury Damages claims and for Plaintiffs in Medical Negligence claims, TPD and Income Protection claims and Common Law/Public Liability claims. He also has a large practice assisting in the preparation of Motor Accident claims and appearing at Assessments, mostly for injured Plaintiffs. From time to time, but thankfully not regularly, he has also appeared in and represented clients in the NSW Court of Appeal and the High Court. Rob has a reputation as Counsel who fights hard for his client, who prepares claims well and who provides regular and detailed Advices on how a claim can be best prepared not only to maximise the quantum of the claim but also how to identify and, if possible, avoid or minimise problems with a claim.

Nancy Stephenson, Consultant Occupational Therapist, Assess Medical Group
Ms Stephenson graduated from the University of Queensland in 1984, and has been practicing for over 37 years. She is highly experienced in medicolegal assessment, total and permanent disability assessment, activities of daily living assessment, vocational assessment and functional capacity assessment. She has worked in occupational rehabilitation for many years conducting functional capacity assessments, worksite visits, designing return to work programs and case management of injured workers. She has been in private practice for many years and established and has consulted to industry, Comcare, WorkCover Queensland, insurers, Department of Defence, individuals and private organisations. Ms Stephenson has specific expertise in respiratory and dust diseases, including mesothelioma, coal worker’s pneumoconiosis (black lung) and asbestosis. She has been conducting medicolegal assessments for more than 15 years and is an experienced expert witness. She provides medicolegal assessments for personal injury, medical negligence and workplace and industrial accidents. Ms Stephenson specialises in assessing complex and catastrophically injured cases. She continually develops her knowledge and skills by regularly attending training courses and conferences to adopt best practice in medicolegal reporting.


Personal Injuries: 3 Strategies to Maximise Damages


Single Session
Tuesday, 27 August 2024
2.00pm to 5.15pm Australia/Sydney
CPD Points 3
Early Bird Discount ends 2 Aug 2024 $294.00
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