Area of expertise
- Dust & Toxic Tort
- General Insurance
- Property & Industrial Special Risk Claims
- Public & Product Liability
- Property Damage
- Construction & Engineering Insurance
Partner LLB, Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury
phone +61 2 9234 4540
Stephen is a partner within the General Litigation Division and leads the firm’s highly regarded Dust diseases and toxic tort national group. He is retained by employers’ indemnity, public risk, and special risk insurers, uninsured and underinsured companies, and government corporations in all aspects of toxic tort claims. He has handled claims involving all types of asbestos, silica and other dust diseases and property damage cases.
Stephen’s in-depth litigation knowledge and experience has earned him a leading reputation internationally. He was the Australian lawyer retained to draft submissions and subsequently appear to instruct Counsel before the House of Lords on the comparative Australian legal position in the largest personal injury litigation pursued in the UK, resulting in a three billion dollar saving to the UK insurance industry. He was named ‘the client’s choice in asbestos litigation’ in Australasian Legal Business magazine, May 2009.
Aside from toxic tort work Stephen acts for commercial property owners, their liability insurers, Australia’s largest telecommunications entity, and the current Authority responsible for rail services in country NSW, in property damage, commercial disputes, and personal injury claims arising from negligent undertaking of construction work, derailments, and occupiers liability. He has extensive experience in cases involving road authorities.
He acted in the leading High Court authority on admissibility of expert opinion evidence.
Stephen is a Law Society of NSW Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury.
Stephen was ranked as a Preeminent Lawyer – Dust Diseases (Defendant) in NSW by Doyle’s Guide 2020.
September 9, 2019
Werfel v Amaca Pty Limited v The State of South Australia (South Australian Employment Tribunal 6 August 2019) Background The plaintiff, a 42…Continue reading
September 1, 2020
Piatti v ACN 000 249 542 Pty Limited & Anor Introduction On 28 August 2020, the NSW Court of Appeal delivered…Continue reading
January 13, 2020
Amaca Pty Limited v AAI Limited (Re: Simpson)  NSWDDT 11 Introduction This judgment considers the application of ss4 and 5…Continue reading
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