Area of expertise

Insurance Law

  • Workers Compensation
  • Work Injury Damages
  • Common Law
  • Recoveries

Peter McCarthy

Partner LLB, Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury, NSW Law Society Specialist Accreditation Committee Examiner

office Sydney
phone +61 2 9234 4519

Peter has over 30 years experience in insurance litigation, specialises in workers compensation, common law industrial accident litigation and recovery matters.

Peter acts for a number of insurers and their insureds. He has become a solicitor of choice for many clients in both the public and private sectors. Peter has been retained in matters involving high media profile and political sensitivity where he has achieved excellent results for his clients through nullifying any negative exposure.

Peter has successfully represented parties in a number of leading cases including the Department of Sport and Recreation v Powell (psychological impairment and common law negligence) and Solitaire Pty Limited & ORS v Pascoe (a decision in relation to special leave application).

Peter has developed a thorough knowledge and understanding of the business drivers and strategic issues which impact on his clients. He regularly attends client’s premises for the purposes of reviewing claims and providing strategic advice.

Peter is greatly admired by his clients who appreciate his willingness to cater to all their needs and requests. This is evidenced by Peter regularly presenting papers and seminars for his clients specifically tailored to their organisation. This level of service has resulted in Peter being appointed to act on behalf of insurers to fast track claims to ensure they are dealt with in an expedient and commercial manner.

In 1993 Peter was appointed to the Law Society of New South Wales Litigation Law and Practice Committee. In 1994 he became a Law Society of NSW Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury and was subsequently appointed by the Law Society of New South Wales as an examiner of other solicitors seeking accreditation.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 describes Peter as ‘very knowledgeable and approachable’.

Professional Membership

  • Law Council of Australia
  • Law Society of New South Wales