Area of expertise

Insurance Law

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

Robert McKenna

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

office Sydney
phone +61 2 9234 4505

Robert is a recognised expert in workers compensation law having practiced exclusively in this area for 40 years.

Robert acts for a range of insurers and self insured public and private corporations in workers compensation and common law matters before the High Court, Supreme Court, Compensation Court and Workers Compensation Commission.

Clients value Robert’s expert advice and straightforward approach, service focus and leadership.

Robert was instructed by WorkCover NSW to provide strategic advice on the operation of s52A of the Workers Compensation Act 1987.

He has successfully represented parties in a number of leading cases – most recently he successfully defended an application for special leave to appeal to the High Court in the Van Der Sluice v Display Craft Pty Limited a decision limiting employer responsibility for experienced workers following simple systems of work and was successful in the Court of Appeal decision in Emad Trolleys Pty Limited v Shigar (procedural requirements in work related ‘motor accidents’).

Robert is the author of a number of papers on various aspects of workers compensation law and legislative changes. He has been a regular contributor to the Educators Program run by the Self-Insurers Association of NSW.

Robert became a Law Society of NSW Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury in 1994 and was subsequently appointed as an Examiner of other solicitors seeking that accreditation. In 2003 Robert was retained by the WorkCover Authority NSW to provide strategic advice in relation to the injury management under the Workers Compensation Legislation..

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Professional Membership

  • Law Society of NSW