Personal Injury Law (Melbourne)

CPD points:    Three (3)

1:30pm  Introduction from Chair
Chair:    John SIMPSON, Barrister Owen Dixon Chambers West

1:35pm   Topic 1: "You can't be serious!" A review the political rhetoric, legislative intent and judicial interpretation of Serious Injury over 25 years.
Speaker: Richard LARGE, Partner Thomson Geer
The right to unfettered common law damages was the subject of upheaval in the 1980s. Regarded as expensive, out of date with modern life and unsustainable in the workplace setting, the government of the day started eroding those rights before creating a gateway threshold known as serious injury in 1992. What then followed was many years of political debate over the sustainability of the modified rights, abolition of common law rights entirely before restoration of common law with the gateway threshold and further attempts to restrict access. Reviewing the history of serious injury may help understand the evolution of the expression and provide a fresh perspective to the ongoing debate about its sustainability.

2:30pm  Topic 2: Scope of Workplace injuries
Speaker: Rachael KENNEDY, Partner Lander & Rogers

  • Expanding the scope of the “workplace”
  • Working from home
  • How technology has changed the way we work e.g. working on public transport, or whilst overseas

3:25pm    Topic 3: Sexual Abuse Litigation: Challenges for Practitioners and Clients
Speaker: Bree KNOESTER, Managing Partner, Adviceline Injury Lawyers

  • Institutional abuse: the response to the Royal Commission
  • Litigating against individuals – better alternatives?
  • Current proceedings in the courts
  • The court’s response to increasing litigation

    4:20-4:30pm Questions and Close


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