Public Liability Claims Intensive

Benefit from the unique expertise of 4 of the leading practitioners in public liability law. In just one afternoon, you will gain a detailed review and analysis of current legislation and case law that applies to public liability in Queensland including establishing liability under the Civil Liability Act 2003, challenging liability claims and a comprehensive guide to assessing damages and ensure the best possible financial result for your client. 

Wednesday, 29 May 2024
Early Bird Discount ends 10 May 2024 $294.00
2.00pm to 3.00pm Establishing Liability Under the Provisions of the Civil Liability Act 2003


  • What civil liability is excluded from the Act?
  • How do you establish a duty of care and breach of that duty
  • Examine the elements required to establish causation, that the alleged negligence or breach of duty of care were causative of the injury or harm allegedly suffered
  • Case examples

Presented by Paul Zapata, Legal Practice Manager, Shine Lawyers

3.00pm to 4.00pm Challenging the Claim


  • What is an obvious risk?
  • Are all recreational and/or sporting activities dangerous? How do you establish, firstly that a sporting or recreational activity isn’t dangerous and, secondly, that the risk of harm from the activity wasn’t obvious?
  • Do the provisions of the Civil Liability Act 2002 make it impossible to succeed in a claim against a Council or Public Authority?

Presented by Yvette McLaughlin, Partner, Sparke Helmore Lawyers; Recommended Public & Product Liability Lawyers (Defendant), Doyles Guide 2022


Harry Dignan, Partner, Turner Freeman, Recommended Public Liability Compensation Lawyers (Plaintiff), Doyles Guide 2022

4.15pm to 5.15pm Assessment of Damages


  • Economic Loss: how to shift the goalposts
  • Future uncertain: damages for self-employed and non-wage earners
  • The market for employment and its limits
  • Building beautiful buffers
  • The young plaintiff
  • Damages to seventy and beyond: proving longer working lives
  • The virtue of a broad brush

Presented by Phil Nolan, Barrister, Darrow Chambers

4.00pm to 4.15pm Afternoon Tea

Attend and earn 3 CPD units in Substantive Law
This program is based on QLD legislation


Harry Dignan, Partner, Turner Freeman
Harry is the partner in charge of the personal injuries division at Turner Freeman's Brisbane, North Lakes and Varsity Lakes offices. He is accredited specialist in Personal Injury Law. He holds a Master of Laws. Harry contributes to LexisNexis' Practical Guidance publication, on the topic of Public Liability.

Paul Zapata, Legal Practice Manager, Shine Lawyer
Paul is driven by a desire to change people’s lives. He’s renowned for his caring approach to clients and unrelenting determination to win even the toughest fights on their behalf. Paul specialises in motor vehicle accident, workers compensation and public liability claims, securing millions of dollars in compensation for his clients during his time at Shine. He has secured settlements against government bodies, councils and large multinational corporations, all in the name of standing up for the little guy. Paul graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 2012, and has acted for survivors of sexual abuse, as well as volunteered at various community legal centres across Queensland.

Phil Nolan, Barrister, Darrow Chambers
Phil’s expertise in this area extends to all life insurance matters held inside and outside superannuation funds, such as TPD, Income Protection and Terminal Illness claims. Phil also specialises in Personal Injuries matters, including a specific focus on Federal compensation schemes, such as Comcare, Seafarers’ and Military Compensation, as well as acting for clients in relation to personal injuries under the Northern Territory jurisdiction. Phil was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales before moving to Brisbane in 2008. He is a member of the Queensland Law Society and is admitted to practice in Queensland and the High Court of Australia.

Yvette McLaughlin, Partner, Sparke Helmore
Yvette McLaughlin is an accredited specialist in personal injury law, with more than 20 years’ experience in the insurance industry. She has practiced predominately in defendant insurance and has extensive knowledge of workers' compensation, motor accident and personal injuries proceedings. Her experience spans all Queensland Courts, the Court of Appeal, the AAT and the QIRC and she has contributed to policy formulation and education initiatives for clients. She is regularly involved in committees discussing ongoing issues such as management of litigated matters and the use of technology in claims management, and represents clients at public stakeholder meetings. Her experience in both formulating and complying with the strict service level standards expected by her clients, and her commitment to the continuous improvement of claims management processes, has allowed Yvette to develop and implement claims management systems to efficiently conduct personal injuries claims while at the same time adhering to clients' service level standards and the relevant legislative timeframes. Yvette regularly chairs and presents industry seminars and provides client training.


Public Liability Claims Intensive


Afternoon Session
Wednesday, 29 May 2024
2.00pm to 5.15pm Australia/Brisbane
CPD Points 3
Early Bird Discount ends 10 May 2024 $294.00
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