Paul is the managing partner of Wotton + Kearney’s Brisbane office. Paul has practised in insurance law and dispute resolution since 2001.

Paul specialises in public and product liability, first and third party property and professional negligence claims, and manages subrogated recovery actions across these insurance classes. He regularly advises multi-national and London market insurers operating in Australia, underwriting agencies, claims administrators and corporates which self-manage their insurance programs with a particular focus on the construction, commercial, retail, sport and leisure industries, as well as religious institutions.

Paul is highly regarded by his clients for his service-oriented, considered and pragmatic approach to the dispute resolution process.

Paul currently serves on Wotton + Kearney’s Management Committee and has recently served as a committee member of the Queensland Branch of Australian Insurance Law Association and the Property & Liability Discussion Group in NSW. Paul is recognised as a leading Public/Product Liability and Professional Indemnity lawyer by the Doyles Guide as well as a leading lawyer in Insurance Law and Personal Injury Litigation by Best Lawyers.

Property Damage

  • Successfully defending a government agency against an alleged failure to adequately inspect, maintain and repair an underground utility that catastrophically failed and damaged a pile wall at an adjacent development site.
  • Successfully resolving various third party claims for a government agency following a landslip caused by a defect in an underground utility.

Personal Injury

  • Acting for members of a contractors’ alliance under a principal arranged insurance scheme in personal injury / occupier’s liability claims and claims following industrial accidents.
  • Acting for the liability insurer and operator of immigration detention facilities in claims by former detainees, who allegedly sustained psychiatric injury while in detention.

Professional Indemnity

  • Advising the professional indemnity insurer of a nuclear engineering company involved in the design and construction of a nuclear power facility.
  • Advising the professional indemnity insurer of a construction company engaged to install a ventilation system in a medical facility.

Construction + Contract Works

  • Advising the plant insurer of a crane that collapsed on a construction site, and managing the subsequent subrogated recovery against third parties.
  • Managing a recovery action for a multinational construction company and its insurer to recover losses from third parties for negligent manufacture, design and works.
Areas of Expertise
  • Accident, Health + Travel Claims
  • Healthcare + Lifesciences
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Liability
  • Property Damage (Third Party)
  • Sports, Leisure + Entertainment Liability

Industry Representation
  • Construction + Infrastructure
  • Industrial + Commercial Property
  • Manufacturing + Consumer Goods
  • Professions + Business Services
  • Sports, Leisure + Entertainment

Professional Affiliations
  • Australia Insurance Law Association
  • Australian Professional Indemnity Group
  • Claims Discussion Group
  • Law Society of NSW & QLD
  • Property and Liability Discussion Group (Committee member)