Area of expertise

Insurance Law

  • Dust & Toxic Tort
  • Property & Industrial Special Risk Claims
  • Public & Product Liability
  • Professional Indemnity
  • Occupiers Liability
  • WorkCover Recovery Litigation

Michael Martin

Partner LLB, BA, Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation

office Melbourne
phone +61 3 8687 7347

Michael has 30 years’ experience in insurance litigation specialising in liability and professional indemnity claims.

He has managed hundreds of public liability claims including ‘slip and falls’, industrial accidents, Victorian WorkCover Authority (VWA) recovery actions, compensation to relatives claims, motor vehicle claims, marine-related injuries and product liability claims.

Within professional indemnity Michael acts for insurers defending claims against lawyers, accountancy practices, auditors, medical practitioners, allied health professionals, hospitals, aged care centres and nursing homes.

Michael’s experience extends to acting in liability claims involving local councils and public authorities. Claims include damage caused to or by assets of utility companies (in particular, damage from flooding and damage to infrastructure owned by the utility company).

He has also defended individuals, corporations and Victorian State Government departments sued by the VWA in recovery actions brought under section 138 of the Accident Compensation Act. He has acted in similar recovery actions brought by the Transport Accident Commission.

Michael acts for state and local government agencies in claims involving injury or death, including coronial inquests, sexual assault, para / quadriplegic injuries, property damage, travel and personal line claims, ‘toxic torts’ such as asbestos and legionella claims, sports and hospitality related claims and nervous shock / psychological injury claims.

Michael regularly authors papers and presents seminars to clients on current issues concerning insurance law.

Michael has been ranked in the peer-reviewed Best Lawyers® in Australia reports published annually by the Australian Financial Review since 2020.

Published Articles

Up the garden path: VWA stumbles in recovery claim against university

Legal Directions

VWA v Monash University [2016] VSC 178 (McDonald J., 22 April 2016) Introduction This recent Supreme Court of Victoria decision exemplifies…

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Legal Directions

Introduction In Beaumaris Football Club v Hart & Ors and Bayside City Council v Hart & Ors [2017] VSCA 226, the…

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“Too late”, she cried! Victorian Medical Panels given greater flexibility in making Determinations

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Lee Me Ko v Dr Caroline Hall & Ors (4 September 2020) In a majority judgment[1] overturning several years of single…

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Professional Membership

  • Australian Professional Indemnity Group