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 is the Managing Partner of the Brisbane office.

Paul is recognised as a leading Public/Product Liability and Professional Indemnity lawyer by the Doyles Guide and 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
  • 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)