Personal Injury Conference

What are you looking for from CPD? Updates in all key areas of personal injury law? Insights? Subject matter experts sharing wisdoms? Look no further. Catch up on the latest in workers compensation, vicarious liability and abuse law plus obtain guidance on assessment of the merits of a medical negligence compensation claim. Plus gain your mandatory core area points with bespoke presentations for personal injury lawyers covering ethics, professional skills and practice management. 

Thursday, 7 March 2024
Session 1: Personal Injury Roundup

Chair: Melanie Quixley, Principal, Barry Nilsson Lawyers

9:00am to 9:45am Vicarious Liability: A Coherent Approach?
  • Explore how the legal landscape has evolved in relation to the liability of employers and organisations for the actions of their employees, agents, or contractors
  • Consider the impact of recent case law on personal injury claims involving vicarious liability including how these developments have influenced the ability of injured parties to seek compensation and the legal obligations of organisations

Presented by Richard Perry KC, 35 West Chambers

11:35am to 12:25pm Sexual Harassment in the Workplace and the Interaction of Personal Injury and Employment Law
  • Explore the regulatory framework including recent changes in Federal legislation
  • Benefit from a roundup of Federal Court decisions relevant to adverse action and relevance to sexual harassment
  • Receive practical guidance on the obligations of the employer as distinct from the insurer when an allegation is raised of sexual assault or sexual harassment in the workplace including the role of any external regulatory body in investigating the allegations

Presented by Simon Grant, Barrister, Level 19 Inns of Court

9:45am to 10:30am The Changing Landscape of Stay Applications in Abuse Cases
  • The High Court decision in GLJ
  • Stay applications in Queensland
  • Evidence to be gathered when an assailant is dead
  • Requesting disclosure from the defendant

Presented by Susan Anderson, Barrister, Chambers 33

10:45am to 11:35am Motor Vehicle Claims Case Update
  • Focus on judicial decisions from 2023 involving injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents
  • Review key decisions from Queensland as well as relevant interstate decisions

Presented by Beth Rolton, Partner, Travis Schultz; Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law

12:25pm to 1:15pm Psychiatric Injury Claims Update

Workplace psychiatric injuries claims continue to increase in prevalence and create many challenges for lawyer making or defending these claims.

  • Identify and analyse recent cases and developments in relation to psychiatric and psychological injury claims in the workplace

Presented by Carl Moseling, Principal, McInnes Wilson

Practice Management
2:00pm to 3:00pm Best Practice Costs Management for Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Improving your billing review process
  • Maximising recovery on an assessment of costs
  • Managing counsel’s costs
  • Cost implications of offers, with reference to legislation and case law

Presented by Dipal Prasad, Director, Law in Check; Court Appointed Costs Assessor (Qld)

Ethics and Professional Responsibility
4:15pm to 5:15pm Ethical Hotspots for Personal Injury Law Practitioners
  • General observations
  • Common issues for personal injury lawyers including legal costs and delay
  • Conflicts of interest: lessons from PwC
  • Ethics and AI in the legal profession: challenges and opportunities

Presented by Toby Nielsen, Barrister, Sunshine Coast Chambers, Recommended Insurance & Personal Injury Law Junior Counsel Doyles Guide 2023

Professional Skills
3:00pm to 4:00pm Helpful Tips and Tricks for Public Liability Matters
  • Commerciality of claims: thinking outside the box on claim options
  • The individual as a viable recovery target
    • How to assess
    • How to recover
  • Avoiding the scattergun approach to respondent selection

Presented by Katie Caldow, Partner, Southside Legal


Attend and earn 7 CPD units including:
4 units in Substantive Law
1 unit in Ethics & Professional Responsibility
1 unit in Practice Management & Business Skills
1 unit in Professional Skills

This program is based on QLD legislation

10:30am to 10:45am Morning Tea
Session 2: Ethics, Professional Skills and Practice Management for Personal Injury Lawyers

Chair: Paul Zapata, Legal Practice Manager, Shine Lawyers, Recommended Motor Vehicle Accident Compensation Lawyer (Plaintiff) and Work Injury Compensation Lawyer (Plaintiff) Doyles Guide 2023

4:00pm to 4:15pm Afternoon Tea


Ms. Susan Anderson, Barrister, Chambers 33
Susan Anderson enjoys a broad civil practice. Susan joined the private bar in 2003 following serving as associate to His Honour McPherson JA for two years. A good portion of her practice involves psychiatric injuries. This means she acts for clients with a wide range of claims including public liability, medical negligence, sexual abuse, workplace bullying, nervous shock and physical assault claims. She also maintains practice in property, commercial, physical injuries and administrative law. This broad practice gives Susan experience across a wide range of legal issues. Susan has run many appeals and trials in state and federal courts as well as the QIRC, QCAT, and the AAT. She has undertaken extensive specialised trial and appeal advocacy training to hone her advocacy skills and facilitate the efficient administration of justice. Susan acts for plaintiffs and defendants.

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.

Mr. Simon Grant, Barrister, Level 19 Inns of Court
Simon has wide-ranging legal experience, having been admitted as a Barrister on 16 June 1997 while in the employ of the Crown Solicitor. He is also admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia, and as a solicitor in England and Wales. Simon’s background prior to coming to the private bar includes the following career milestones – He has managed legislation development for Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, having previously conducted workers’ compensation claims while with the Crown Solicitor’s office. He was Director Advocacy for the conduct of prosecutions under the various Queensland mining and petroleum safety and health legislation; Simon instructed on the development and implementation of the Civil Liability Act 2003 and its regulation, as well as a number of other pieces of legislation; Simon maintains the position of co-author of the LexisNexis loose-leaf service on Civil Liability Australia with Richard Douglas KC and Gerry Mullins KC, as well as being co-author of the Annotated Civil Liability Legislation Queensland (first to fifth editions) among other publications. Simon’s practice now includes matters in – Administrative law and government decision making; Civil liability, negligence and consumer law; Employment law and industrial relations; Personal injury, motor vehicle and workers’ compensation claims; Historical sexual abuse claims; Workplace health and safety prosecutions, including mines safety and health; Sports Law and Tribunals. Simon also provides pro bono legal assistance in matters through the National Sports Tribunal Legal Assistance Panel and the Suncoast Community Legal Service.

Ms. Katie Caldow, Partner, Southside Legal
Katie Caldow is a Partner at Chambers Russell Lawyers and manages the firm’s compensation practices in both Queensland and NSW; the firm’s Queensland practice falling under Southside Legal (a division of Chambers Russell Lawyers). She was admitted to practice in 2014 and holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from the University of Southern Queensland. Katie has more than 15 years’ experience working within legal practices, having commenced her legal career whilst studying externally, and has always worked within civil litigation. She has a broad range of experience as a civil litigation lawyer having practiced in personal injuries, strata and body corporate law, estate litigation, consumer law and general civil disputes in Queensland and NSW. Katie prides herself on making a positive contribution to the legal profession and the lives of her clients whilst also ensuring the delivery of legal services within her practice areas in a trauma informed way.

Ms. Dipal Prasad, Director, Law in Check
Dipal is committing to working closely with, and being the voice for, individuals and businesses who have been charged unreasonable legal costs by a law practice. Reducing costs liability for such individuals and businesses is her priority. Dipal is also committed to educating law practices to comply with all their obligations so they avoid having their fees challenged by their clients. Dipal completed her Bachelor of Laws (Honours) with a Bachelor of Business and Commerce and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice in 2012. She obtained a Master of Laws in Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of London in 2020, with academic leadership from University College London and Queen Mary University of London. She is currently completing her MBA from the University of New South Wales. Having worked in building and construction, personal injury, insurance, motor vehicle accident, strata and property law prior to establishing herself in legal costing, Dipal’s litigation knowledge is broad and extensive. Dipal has a strong interest in every facet of legal costing with experience in costs disputes arising from the full spectrum of litigation in Family Court, Federal Court, High Court, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and Victorian jurisdictions. As part of this interest, Dipal presents lectures on legal costing to law firms and legal organisations and contributes to legal costing academia through writing articles for the ‘Precedent’ journal, and articles for the Blackstone Brief and Australian Lawyer Alliance publications. Dipal is also a Court Appointed Costs Assessor (Supreme Court of Queensland).

Mr. Carl Moseling, Principal, McInnes Wilson
Carl Moseling commenced his articles of clerkship with Rees R & Sydney Jones solicitors of Rockhampton in September 2000. He was then admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in December 2002. He continued to practice in Rockhampton following admission until May 2005 when he moved to the Sunshine Coast. Carl commenced employment with McInnes Wilson as a solicitor in August 2005 and on 1 July 2012 he was appointed a Principal of McInnes Wilson Lawyers. Since his admissions, Carl has practised in and continues to practise in areas including workers' compensation, Compulsory Third Party motor vehicle claims and public liability claims. In relation to workers' compensation and CTP claims Carl is experienced in the defence of master and servant claims on behalf of WorkCover Queensland and self insurers including providing advices on indemnity, entitlement, liability, quantum and evidence; The defence of Compulsory Third Party motor vehicle claims on behalf of insurers including providing advices on indemnity, liability, quantum and evidence; Carl also provides advices to WorkCover Queensland and self insured workers compensation insurers in relation to statutory appeals before the Industrial Magistrates Court and Queensland Industrial Relations Commission; Defence of claims in the workers' compensation and CTP arenas is Carl's primary area of practice and expertise. Carl's qualifications include Bachelor of Laws, James Cook University; Solicitor of the High Court of Australia and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Mr. Toby Nielsen, Barrister, Sunshine Coast Chambers
Toby Nielsen is a Queensland barrister in private practice. He practises extensively in personal injuries law, workplace law and civil litigation. Toby has chambers at the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. Toby has been recognised in the Doyle’s Guide in the Leading Insurance Law Barrister Rankings – Queensland for 2021 – 2023. Toby has a Master of Laws, is a Nationally Accredited Mediator and an Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. Toby has lectured in legal ethics and responsibility at University of the Sunshine Coast for some years. Toby has presented papers for the Queensland Law Society, the Bar Association of Queensland, LegalWise, the Sunshine Coast Law Association; the SunCoast Community Legal Service, industry groups and other organisations.

Mr. Richard Perry KC, Barrister, 35 West Chambers
Richard Perry QC was admitted to the Queensland Bar in 1983 and took silk in 2004. Admitted to the High Court and Supreme Court of Queensland in 1983. Admitted as a Barrister in the following States and Territories: Supreme Court of New South Wales, 1987; Australian Capital Territory, 1994; Northern Territory, January 2000; He is a graduate of the University of Queensland and Queensland University o Technology and holds the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts (University of Queensland); Bachelor of Laws (Queensland University of Technology); Master of Laws (Queensland University of Technology) 1995; Mr Perry's practice is advocacy based: He has extensive commercial and civil litigation experience having conducted a very large number of major trials in all jurisdictions, and in various States, during the course of his career at the Bar; He appears regularly in the Court of Appeal and in the Full Court of the Federal Court; He appears as defence Counsel in numerous statutory prosecutions and has prosecuted medical disciplinary complaints; He has appeared frequently in the Fair Work Commission and the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission; He has appeared as defence Counsel in numerous statutory prosecutions; He has appeared frequently in the Fair Work Commission and the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, and He is frequently retained to advise, and appear for, Barristers subject to complaints to the Legal Services Commission. He has acted in numerous Commisions of Inquiry, most recently the Home Insulation Inquiry and has appeared as Counsel Assisting the Coroner. Mr Perry also has wide experience in diverse aspects of the legal system: He commenced his career at the bar practising in crime and has defended in both the Supreme and District Courts; He has appeared in a number of major Criminal Justice Commission inquiries eg Yock, Carruthers, Carter and Kimmins Inquiries. He was appointed as inaugural Public Interest Monitor in April 1997. Mr Perry served in that capacity for 3.5 years. In that capacity, he appeared in numerous applications by the Criminal Justice Commission, QPS and NCA for surveillance warrants. His duty was to ensure that the public interest was served in each and every instance, by weighing and reconciling issues of civil liberties with the imperatives of law enforcement; Mr Perry gave evidence to a Commonwealth Joint Standing Committee, regarding the NCA, concerning civil liberties issues and investigative bodies. He was appointed as acting Parliamentary Criminal Justice Commissioner for 12 months in 2001. He has acted, pro bono, on matters in the Magistrates Court for homeless persons, being on the PILCH list, and, at the request of the Registrar, in the Federal Circuit Court in a discrimination case; He was retained, by parties, to provide an expert determination concerning fuel prices at airports; He has conducted a very large number of mediations as mediator, generally in Supreme Court cases.

Ms. Melanie Quixley, Principal, Barry Nilsson Lawyers
Melanie Quixley is a principal in Barry.Nilsson. Lawyers’ Insurance & Health team and is based in the Brisbane office. Since joining Barry.Nilsson. in 2003, she has developed a practice in the areas of general liability and professional indemnity acting for local and overseas insurers, and directly for large corporate entities. Melanie is recognised for her partnering with her clients to bring about the best value outcome for them and for her technical skills. Melanie has also been consistently listed in the Best Lawyers for Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Litigation and Doyles Guide for Public and Product Liability and Professional Indemnity over many years. She was also the exclusive winner of the 2018 and 2021 Client Choice Award for Insurance in Australia which recognises solicitors from around the world for the level of client care they provide and the quality of their service.

Ms. Beth Rolton, Partner, Travis Schultz
Beth Rolton is a Partner at Travis Schultz and Partners and leads their Cairns office. Beth has predominately practiced in personal injury litigation since her admission as a solicitor in Queensland in 2010. Beth has been accredited by the Queensland Law Society as a Personal Injury Specialist and received the Highest Achiever Award in 2018. As well as her qualifications in Law, Beth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and spent a number of years teaching Legal Studies to secondary students before embarking on her career in law.


Personal Injury Conference


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Thursday, 7 March 2024
9:00am to 5:15pm Australia/Brisbane
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Thursday, 7 March 2024
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190 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane City 


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Train Stations - Central Station

Bus Interchange - George Square Bus Station

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