Area of expertise

Insurance Law

  • Dust & Toxic Tort
  • Health Law
  • Health Law & Medical Negligence
  • Public & Product Liability

Commercial Law

  • Employment Law

Justin Griffin

Partner LLB, BEc, Accredited Specialist – Personal Injury Law

office Melbourne
phone +61 3 8687 7383

Justin has provided advice to the insurance industry for more than 25 years. During that time, he has managed major litigation, negotiated complex claims and examined a variety of policy wordings. His experience includes public liability, product liability, professional indemnity, industrial special risks, industrial accident and fire and arson claims.

Justin has considerable experience in asbestos litigation. He acts for one of the major defendants in claims concerning industrial diseases alleged to be caused by exposure to asbestos products. This field requires not only a detailed knowledge of the relevant law, but an appreciation of the medical issues.

Justin also acts for defendants in medical negligence litigation and disciplinary proceedings. He is instructed by a number of the national medical defence organisations, as well as by private hospitals.

In addition to his considerable expertise in insurance law, Justin provides advice to clients on all aspects of employment law. This includes advising on the wording of employment contracts, termination of employment matters, workplace harassment, workplace discrimination and related workplace issues.

Justin was granted accreditation as a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law in 2015.

Major matters

Justin has acted in many leading cases including:

  • Bernard v Seltsam Pty Ltd [2010] VSC 305 – The case involved the successful defence of a claim arising from alleged asbestos exposure
  • Vickers v Burdett Nominees & Zhang [2007] VCC 1170 – Acted for a doctor of Chinese medicine who was alleged to have caused injury to a patient while treating the patient for an injury received in the workplace. The claim against our client was dismissed, although the claim against the employer was upheld.
  • Yardley v Burnside Hospital [2003] SADC 83 – The case involved a patient of a private hospital allegedly injured due to unsafe premises. The claim was successfully defended
  • Slivak v Lurgi (2001) 205 CLR 304 – The plaintiff alleged he was injured due to the unsafe design of a work structure leading to a serious accident. The claim was successfully defended at trial, on appeal, and in the High Court of Australia where it was demonstrated that the structure was not negligently designed.

Professional Membership

  • Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Law Institute of Victoria – Personal Injury Law Advisory Committee