Our People

HBA’s people are specialist insurance lawyers with an unbeatable depth of experience. They excel at what they do, solving problems the HBA way,  with our great team of specialists across the business.

Nathan Hepple

Director & Chair of Board

Nathan Hepple
Director & Chair of Board

T: +61 (0) 2 9376 1188
F: +61 (0) 2 9376 1111
M: 0413 318 184
nathan.hepple@hbalegal.com

Nathan co-founded HBA Legal because he aspired to “find a way to give clients a new law firm experience while getting the best results possible”.

Experience

Nathan began his career on the East coast of Australia in 1998, moving west to Perth to join Sparke Helmore, Minter Ellison and DibbsBarker. He made Partner at 31 and is one of a few lawyers in Australia known widely as an expert in Commonwealth workers’ compensation law.

Areas of expertise

Nathan’s primary focus and experience lies in insurance-related litigation, where he has spent a decade representing major insurers, self-insurers and large Australian companies with significant deductibles. He’s widely experienced across retail, logistics, hotels, mining and banking.

Why clients like him

Nathan’s approachable, authentic style attracts and keeps clients across the board. His experience in client relationship management combines with his creative problem-solving skills to deliver the best possible outcomes in the most efficient way.

Brett Ablong

Managing Director

Brett Ablong
Managing Director

T: +61 (0) 8 9265 6001
F: +61 (0) 8 9265 6099
M: 0400 263 807
brett.ablong@hbalegal.com

An expert in his field, Brett was admitted to practice in 1997, and since that time has focussed purely on insurance law, acting on behalf of insurers, brokers and self insured organisations.

Experience

Brett has been a Partner since the early 2000s,  and has practiced purely in insurance law since beginning his career in 1994. He grew with Barker Gosling (which morphed into DibbsBarker), before co-founding HBA Legal in 2011.

An expert in his field, Brett has acted for large insurance companies and Australian companies, and self-insured organisations, the bulk of this lying in State Workers Compensation, Federal Compensation, public liability, motor vehicle claims and administrative law. He has acted for licensed employers under the Federal Compensation Scheme since 1997, and as Counsel in AAT and Federal Court matters.

Areas of expertise

Brett’s skills extend to dispute resolution, public liability, professional indemnity, directors’ and officers’ liability and statutory scheme compensation. He has extensive advocacy experience and regularly appears before State and Federal Courts and Tribunals. Brett also advises large Australian companies on acquiring self insurance status, and obtaining and retaining their license including assistance with audits. He speaks at a wide variety of industry seminars and was the Honorary Legal Adviser to the Safety, Rehabilitation & Compensation Licensees Association until March 2014.

Why clients like him

Brett is recognised for his open communication style wherein he gives clients objective and balanced advice keeping their business needs at the forefront. He remains attentive to risks such as those involving media and regulators, working as an extension of his client’s team.

Geoff Brookes

Partner

Geoff Brookes
Partner

T: +61 (0) 2 9376 1138
F: +61 (0) 2 9376 1111
M: 0411 223 271
geoff.brookes@hbalegal.com

Experience

Geoff joined HBA in March 2015. He is a renowned insurance and commercial litigation specialist bringing more than 30 years’ experience acting for private corporations, insurers and reinsurers, in Australia and internationally. Geoff’s extensive knowledge and understanding of insurance law includes all aspects of casualty and general insurance, professional indemnity and contract disputes.

Areas of expertise

Geoff’s innovative commercial approach to risk and claims management at a transactional level, complements HBA’s strong commitment to client service and dispute resolution. Geoff is actively engaged in the retail sector, building and construction, mining and energy, as well and transport and infrastructure. He is also well known for his extensive work in the alpine industry in Australia and overseas.

Why clients like him

Geoff’s reputation for providing authentic counsel stems from his realistic representation and sharp focus on achieving desired outcomes. Many of his clients span two decades, testament to his character and expertise.

Ruth Slater

Partner

Ruth Slater
Partner

T: +61 (0) 8 9265 6014
F: +61 (0) 8 9265 6099
M: 0409 291 916
ruth.slater@hbalegal.com

Experience

Ruth has practiced almost exclusively in defendant based insurance litigation since 1992. She joined HBA Legal in January 2015 from a career covering practice at Clayton Utz, Downings Legal (aka Barker Gosling) and Crisp Civitella Slater (now CCS Insurance Law), acting for numerous insurers and self insureds. She also has six years concurrent experience in the Comcare system providing legal advice on workers’ compensation claims to large companies.

Ruth has extensive experience in pre-trial and conciliation conferences and instructing in trials appeals and hearings in the AAT, District Court, Supreme and High Courts.

Areas of expertise

Ruth is an expert in public liability and workers’ compensation. As a senior lawyer and partner, Ruth is responsible for ensuring the quality of all work prepared on her matters, ensuring best outcomes across advice on evidence, and assessment of compensation and damages for different losses (utilising differing thresholds, exclusions and methods of assessment).

Why clients like her

Ruth highly values client relationships and the importance of understanding a client’s business and its priorities to ensure a solution that works into the future. Focusing on the bigger picture, she considers systemic issues and processes to improve the way the business operates, an approach that has seen her maintain clients over two decades.

Mark Birbeck

Partner

Mark Birbeck
Partner

T: +61 (0) 8 9265 6002
F: +61 (0) 8 9265 6099
M: 0448 446 419
mark.birbeck@hbalegal.com

Co-founder of HBA Legal, Mark brings extensive experience and expertise of insurance matters, particularly in the areas of professional indemnity, public and product liability, property and energy and medical negligence.

Experience

Mark’s extensive experience includes working in-house in the UK for a specialist professional indemnity insurer and a global reinsurer in a senior claims position, affording a valuable insight into what underwriters actually want from solicitors. As a result, he is committed to delivering practical common sense solutions.

Areas of expertise

He advises local, national and overseas insurers and their insured’s on a diverse and complex range of matters. In addition to assisting with claims, Mark is frequently retained to advise in respect of indemnity and coverage disputes.

Why clients like him

Mark and his team understand, and are sensitive to, the relationships between insurers and their insured’s and work collaboratively with brokers and other service providers to ensure the best results are achieved

Rosan Santangelo

Partner

Rosan Santangelo
Partner

NSW Chapter President for RMIA
Member of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Sydney Archdiocesan Catholic Schools
Notary Public

T: +61 (0) 2 9376 1144
F: +61 (0) 2 9376 1111
M: 0405640654
rosan.santangelo@hbalegal.com

Experience

Rosan has helped insured and insurer clients to resolve commercial, litigated and risk management issues since 1997.  HBA’s Risk Management expert, Rosan is the NSW Chapter President for the Risk Management Institution of Australasia (RMIA) and sits on the YAWC arm of the RMIA. She is also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Sydney Archdiocesan Catholic Schools.

Rosan has wide ranging industry experience across construction, financial lines, retail, manufacturing, government/Statutory Corporations, health and agribusiness. Over recent years, Rosan has developed relationships in the not for profit sector, with roles on Boards and organising committees including St Scholastica’s College.

Areas of expertise

At HBA, Rosan is a partner, litigator, insurance advisor, risk management specialist and Notary Public. She  has assisted clients with risk management, policy and advice and has expertise in commercial dispute resolution, life insurance, professional indemnity and product and public liability insurance.    Rosan has a graduate diploma in Corporate Governance and also brings a strong working knowledge of foreign embassies and DFAT.

Why clients like her

Rosan’s extensive experience across the board means clients are receiving advice they can trust. Her focus on insurance lies in the context of risk management – clients know she is working to get the best results for their business.

Chris Murphy

Partner

Chris Murphy
Partner

T: +61 (0) 7 3307 5504
F: +61 (0) 7 3307 5555
M: 0405 537 425
chris.murphy@hbalegal.com

Experience

Chris joined HBA in early 2016 to found its Brisbane office. Admitted to practice in 2005, he has built a reputation as one of the country’s best public liability lawyers (both personal injury and property damage), and is recognised for his work in professional indemnity and workplace health and safety prosecutions.

Chris is a Queensland Law Society (QLS) accredited specialist in personal injuries, and as a member of the QLS Accident Compensation/Tort Law committee he stays at the cutting edge of tort law that may affect his clients.

Areas of expertise

Chris manages a large volume of public liability claims, his extensive claims experience spanning most areas of the economy including retail, health/aged care, manufacturing, mining, sport/recreation and transport.

He has a significant interest in the aged care sector acting for two of Queensland’s self-insured aged care employers for several years and developing an intimate understanding of the industry. Chris’ experience acting for plaintiffs gives him a sound understanding of the commercial reality of plaintiff law firms (and plaintiff psychology) – he can identify resolution strategies which meet the commercial needs of his clients. He also has a sound understanding of the service that insurer and large corporate clients need from their lawyers, having worked in-house for a national self-insured.

Why clients like him

Clients enjoy a dedicated litigator, a personal relationship, and a pragmatic approach to claims management.  Identifying with his clients, Chris combines his experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to deliver astute resolution strategies for consistently outstanding results (which include far shorter durations, and significantly lower settlement outcomes than panel averages).

Shannon Mony

Partner

Shannon Mony
Partner

T: +61 (0) 8 9265 6016
F: +61 (0) 8 9265 6099
M: 0452 210 682
shannon.mony@hbalegal.com

Experience

Shannon was admitted to practice as a solicitor in February 2008, beginning her career in New Zealand with leading law firm Anderson Lloyd. Here she gained experience in general litigation across commercial, insurance, occupational health and safety and criminal litigation before joining Duncan Cotterill, one of New Zealand’s largest commercial law firms. Her focus on professional indemnity and public liability insurance claims led her to specialize in insurance law following her move to Perth.

With articles published in the New Zealand Lawyer Magazine, she has also been lead counsel on two trials and delivered the opening address and cross examination of witnesses in a jury trial.

Areas of expertise

Shannon heads up HBA Legal’s national Medical Malpractice practice. She is a specialist in medical negligence, professional indemnity and public liability claims.

Why clients like her

“I have a passion for advocacy and a plain-English approach to dealing with matters and people.”

Fiona Smith

HR Manager

Fiona Smith
HR Manager

T: +61 (0) 8 9265 6010
F: +61 (0) 8 9265 6099
M: 0402 048 805
fiona.smith@hbalegal.com

Melissa Wroe

Associate

Melissa Wroe
Associate

T: +61 (0) 8 9265 6017
F: +61 (0) 8 9265 6099
M: 0402 370 263
melissa.wroe@hbalegal.com

Experience

Since admission in early 2012, Melissa has worked solely in insurance litigation gaining extensive experience in managing claims for insurers and their insureds. Working primarily on public liability matters, including personal injury and property damage claims, Melissa has a depth of experience ranging from complex multi-defendant litigation, to minor ‘trip and slip’ accidents. She is also experienced working on treatment liability matters.

Melissa benefits from time spent on ‘both sides of the bench’, completing her practical legal training as an Associate at the State Administrative Tribunal. This experience has given her considerable insight into the processes and procedures of Courts and Tribunals which assists her in practice.  She regularly appears at the District Court on matters including for pre-trial conferences, mediations, directions hearings, special appointments and interlocutory applications. She also appears at the Supreme Court on various matters.

Areas of expertise

Melissa focuses on public and treatment liability, working hard to uncover material facts that enable her to best advise clients on resolution strategy.  She has a special interest in risk management and sits on the RMIA Committee.

Why clients like her

With a pragmatic approach to each matter, Melissa keeps the best outcome for the client firmly in view. She is approachable and always ready to assist with enquiries.

Mario Raciti

Senior Associate

Mario Raciti
Senior Associate

T: +61 (0) 2 9376 1134
F: +61 (0) 2 9376 1111
M: 0416 640 586
mario.raciti@hbalegal.com

 

Mario is a key figure in HBA’s public liability practice, an expert in this space where he has spent a decade representing major insurers, self-insurers and large Australian companies with significant deductibles. At HBA, Mario is the sole legal representative for four self-insured corporations (with sizable deductibles), responsible for all personal injury claims against them, and required to advise/liaise and manage the expectations of the insured, insurer and broker alike.

Areas of expertise

Mario has acted for a large range of private corporations, insurers and reinsurers providing advice on complex common law matters, policy interpretation, indemnity, risk management and dual insurance issues.  He represents client’s interests in NSW, QLD and VIC, affording him detailed knowledge of liability, casualty and workers compensation legislation in those three states.

Why clients like him

His broad negotiation skill-set to deal with everything from the smallest to the largest of claims ensures clients are comfortable with Mario’s ability. Mario’s risk assessment and clear communication means clients can work in partnership with him for the beset outcome.

Claire Tota

Senior Associate

Claire Tota
Senior Associate

T: +61 (0) 8 9265 6011
F: +61 (0) 8 9265 6099
M: 0418 656 164
claire.tota@hbalegal.com

Experience

Claire has been practicing for four years, joining HBA Legal in 2012 from a small commercial firm. She previously gained in-house experience in contracts and procurement at Argyle Diamonds Underground Project, Perth.

A top of class student at Notre Dame University ( LLB) she twice achieved Letter of Commendation from the Dean.

Areas of expertise

Claire advises self-insured licensees and third party claims managers, often involved at pre-litigation stage as well as when matters proceed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (or Federal Court if appealed). She also manages matters pursued through WorkCover WA and at the District Court.

Her expertise in federal workers’ compensation, WA workers’ compensation and public liability maintains a focus on commercial considerations. Claire advises on vocational rehabilitation and return to work options, future claims management and resolution strategies as part of workers’ compensation matters.

Why clients like her

“I get great satisfaction out of building solid and lasting relationships with clients. I like client’s to feel like I am a member of their team, so that we can work together to get results. I like getting to know the way a client’s business is run so that I can tailor solutions that work specifically for them“

Ashlee Harrison

Finance/Office Manager - Perth

Ashlee Harrison
Finance/Office Manager – Perth

T: +61 (0) 8 9265 6004
F: +61 (0) 8 9265 6099
M: 0448 976 003
ashlee.harrison@hbalegal.com

Experience

Ash is an accomplished legal secretary, completing the Law Society of WA’s Legal Assistants course in 2009. She has grown with HBA Legal since its inception in late 2011. She completed a Cert IV in Bookkeeping in 2013, and is now responsible for systems management and office administration.

Areas of expertise

Having been with the founding partners since HBA’s start, Ash is the walking knowledge book on the company, and an accomplished administrator and financial manager.

Why everyone likes her

Friendly, accessible, and smart, Ash walks the HBA values.

Simone Joannou

Office Manager - East Coast

Simone Joannou
Office Manager – East Coast

T: +61 (0) 2 9376 1146
F: +61 (0) 2 9376 1111
simone.joannou@hbalegal.com

 

Experience

Simone has worked as a legal secretary and paralegal in insurance since achieving her Diploma of Legal Services in 2005.  Prior to joining HBA in mid-2015, she spent several years at DibbsBarker, and also spent a year as a barristers assistant in 2011.

Areas of expertise

Simone supervises HBA’s administration team in its Sydney office, helping develop new  policies and procedures in keeping with the firm’s innovative approach to practice.  Simone has wide spread duties across the board, including managing client functions, and supporting the HR Manager in the care of HBA people.

Why everyone likes her

She’s smart, funny, responsive and gets an excellent job done in record time!

 

Sam Blackman

Associate

Sam Blackman
Associate

T: +61 (0) 2 9376 1102
F: +61 (0) 2 9376 1111
M: 0406 780 049
sam.blackman@hbalegal.com

Experience

Sam joined HBA towards the end of 2014, his strong analytical and problem solving skills making him a strong member of the public liability practice. He gained early experience in litigated public liability matters for shopping centre owners and managers which afforded him crucial experience in inherently complex matters involving multiple defendants.

Areas of expertise

Thorough preparation for hearings, including analysis of public liability law matters, an aptitude for critical thinking and a strong ability to problem solve. Sam has a passion for law which drives high standards and a masters degree at the University of Melbourne.

Why clients like him

Sam is highly valued for his ability to bring depth of understanding to his public liability litigation, well beyond his years of post-admission experience. Clients know he can be relied on to strive for the highest quality of legal work across the board, and his enjoyment of the work is evident.

Will Goodheart

Associate

Will Goodheart
Associate

T: +61 (0) 8 9265 6013
F: +61 (0) 8 9265 6099
M: 0437 783 776
will.goodheart@hbalegal.com

 

Experience

Will has experience acting for professional indemnity and public liability insurers in Australia and overseas, corporate health care providers, medical defence organisations and health professionals. He has acted for professional services organisations who manage their own claims under deductibles, and insurers defending workers’ compensation recovery claims.

Areas of expertise

A gifted advocate, Will has experience in the Supreme, District, Magistrates and Coroners’ Courts of Western Australia. He was a top law graduate of Western Australia’s Murdoch University in 2013, achieving the Vice Chancellors Award for Academic Excellence, and representing Murdoch University internationally in the Willem C Vis International Arbitration Moot and the Hong Kong Alternative Dispute Resolution Moot.

Why clients like him

His authentic, personable style combines with excellent analytical skills and a sharp eye for detail.  He works in partnership with clients to be certain of best results for their particular needs.

Niksa Stanisic

Associate

Niksa Stanisic
Associate

T: +61 (0) 2 9376 1125
F: +61 (0) 2 9376 1111
M: 0426 822 872
niksa.stanisic@hbalegal.com

Experience

Nik has gained strong experience in defence of public liability in NSW, Queensland and Victoria. Acting for a number of insurers and private corporations, he has rapidly developed a reputation for his thorough investigations, professionalism in liaising with lay witnesses and experts, and effectively briefing Counsel.

Areas of expertise

Nik achieves optimum outcomes for clients through close liaison during informal settlement conferences and mediations, and reflecting clients’ KPI needs through skilled drafting of advice. He works purposively within a team throughout the claims process, enabling swift resolution.

Why clients like him

Nik’s client-focussed approach to litigation, pre-litigation and informal negotiations achieve best results for clients’ needs. He maintains very high standards witnessed through smart team work, timeliness of responses, and complete reliability in actioning client instructions.

Iona Sjahadi

Senior Associate

Iona Sjahadi
Senior Associate

T: +61 (0) 2 9376 1128
F: +61 (0) 2 9376 1111
M: 0416 864 224
iona.sjahadi@hbalegal.com

Experience

Iona joined HBA as a Senior Associate in March 2015 with strong experience in public and product liability claims, workers compensation and fraud. She represents clients in the NSW District Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. Practicing law since May 2006, Iona has worked primarily in public liability defence and CTP (motor accidents) claims on behalf of Australia’s largest insurers.

Areas of expertise

Iona’s experience managing major, complex and catastrophic claims spans eight years, including senior roles at Vardanega Roberts Solicitors, NRMA and Sparke Helmore Lawyers. Her time as a Senior Injury Claims Consultant at NRMA saw her managing a team responsible for litigated and unlitigated claims, CARS matters and fraud cases. She is adept at identifying and investigating fraud claims, and maintains strong client relationships through timely and accurate advices, and value add services.

Why clients like her

Iona seeks to engage with clients beyond expectations and is highly responsive to their unique needs. Her commitment and accessibility is fuelled by her genuine passion for insurance litigation, witnessed in her critical understanding of the insurance industry and its players.

Natasha Fiodoroff

Senior Associate

Natasha Fiodoroff
Senior Associate

T: +61 (0) 2 9376 1100
F: +61 (0) 2 9376 1111
M: 0403 889 867
natasha.fiodoroff@hbalegal.com

 

Experience

An insurance law specialist since admission in 2006, Natasha is also a personal injury expert, achieving her Accredited Specialist, Personal Injury Law, qualification through the Law Society of New South Wales in 2014. Natasha joined HBA in early 2015 from Hunt & Hunt where she reported directly to the relationship manager of a major client, affording great experience in understanding a client’s business and helping manage their brand and risk.

Areas of expertise

Natasha is an experienced litigator with expertise in complex matters, including strong experience in catastrophic injury.  In line with HBA’s approach, Natasha partners with clients to ensure their business goals are met, with her personable approach lending itself to the needs of personal injury matters.

Why clients like her

Clients feel assured by Natasha’s confidence and experience. Her evident enjoyment of working with people leads to strong relationship and great results for clients.

Katreena Belford

Senior Case Manager

Katreena Belford
Senior Case Manager

T: +61 (0) 2 9376 1136
F: +61 (0) 2 9376 1111
katreena.belford@hbalegal.com

Experience

Katreena has more than 35 years’ experience in all aspects of customer service and claims management. She was with the Customer Assistance Centre (CAC) since its inception in November 2000, and continues her great service through Paratus.  Paratus is the evolution of the CAC  (which was the first law firm-based, third party claims management service in Australia).  It is a unique claims management solution that integrates legal advice and risk management, drawing on the legal advice of HBA lawyers.

Areas of expertise

Katreena manages incident and claim notifications reported to Paratus, in an early intervention model. Her comprehensive approach to case management ensures clients receive the best possible claims service and outcomes.

Why clients like her

Katreena often contacts customers on client’s behalf (regarding the reported incident) which frequently means no further action is required. A great outcome for clients.

Hamish Craib

Senior Associate

Hamish Craib
Senior Associate

T: +61 (0) 7 3307 5503
F: +61 (0) 7 3307 5555
M: 0401 645 041
hamish.craib@hbalegal.com

 

Experience

As a well regarded senior lawyer, Hamish joined HBA in early 2016 to help grow our Brisbane practice and fortify our position as a leading service provider in Queensland. He was admitted in the late 1990’s and has worked in most areas of insurance law at several leading Australian firms, building very strong experience in handling complicated commercial and insurance litigation.

Areas of expertise

Hamish is a highly recommended liability and workers compensation specialist, driving our Queensland business in that regard, and also supporting our national PI and Med Mal work.

Why clients like him

Hamish is an innovative thinker. Clients appreciate his commitment to really understand their challenges, and being well connected, he has great insight into the industry at large.

James Makowiak

Solicitor

James Makowiak
Solicitor

T: +61 (0) 2 9376 1150
F: +61 (0) 2 9376 1111
M: 0437 309 408
james.makowiak@hbalegal.com

Experience

At HBA Legal, James works predominantly with public liability matters and assists with CTP, contract and professional indemnity matters. He graduated from the University of Technology Sydney in 2015 with degrees in law (with honours) and communications, joining HBA in early 2016 as a paralegal with experience in insurance, family and employment law.  He became a solicitor with the firm in February 2016 following his admission.

Areas of Expertise

James brings wide perspective to his work from his prior experience as a legal affairs journalist at the Australian, and in-house legal assistant for a multimedia education provider.  His communication skills are apparent in his precise preparation of matters for hearing, dealing with court matters, advising clients, corresponding with other parties, and documents review.

Why clients like him

Strong interpersonal skills, a dedicated work ethic and an ability to communicate effectively ensure clients know their unique needs are being understood and met.

 

Naomi Adams

Associate

Naomi Adams
Associate

T: +61 (0) 8 9265 6015
F: +61 (0) 8 9265 6099
M: 0427 286 283
naomi.adams@hbalegal.com 

Experience

Naomi is a federal workers’ compensation specialist based in HBA’s Perth office.  She began with the firm at its outset in early 2012, joining HBA founding partner Brett Ablong from the insurance team of a national firm.  Her experience also includes public liability, motor vehicle accidents and banking.

Areas of expertise

At HBA, Naomi provides strategic advice to self-insured licensees under the Federal Workers’ Compensation Scheme, striving to maximise results for her clients.  She represents clients at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal through to Appeals to the Federal Court.

Why clients like her

Seeking to build genuine relationships with her clients, Naomi is appreciated for her open and honest communication.

 

 

Dean Cupac

Solicitor

Dean Cupac
Solicitor

T: +61 (0) 2 9376 1148
F: +61 (0) 2 9376 1111
M: 0439 718 532
dean.cupac@hbalegal.com

 

Experience

Dean was admitted in mid-2013 and has acted for injured claimants across CTP, public liability, victim’s compensation and workers’ compensation.

Prior to joining HBA, he gained experience with a boutique insurance litigation firm, providing advice to various NSW and interstate insurers on property damage, fraud and indemnity matters relating to motor vehicle collisions.

Areas of expertise

Dean works across HBA’s public and products liability,  professional indemnity, commercial litigation and risk management practices.

He has a special interest in matters that deal with complex liability and quantum disputes, and his experience representing claimants affords useful perspective when advising clients on best problem-solving.


Why clients like him

Clients appreciate Dean’s ‘no surprises, no-nonsense’ approach in progressing matters to their earliest resolution. He partners with clients to achieve a sound understanding of their business drivers, and provides timely, pragmatic and commercial advice accordingly.

Lauren McKeown

Senior Associate

Lauren McKeown
Associate

F: +61 (0) 8 9265 6099
M: 0400 008 680
lauren.mckeown@hbalegal.com

 

Experience

Lauren is a senior member of HBA’s workers’ compensation team, advising on complex matters including psychological injury claims and common law claims. She brings  a depth of understanding to the practice, having worked as a workers’ comp claims officer at a large self-insured employer, responsible for the day to day management of claims and occupational safety and health issues.  Also, her experience in attending WorkCover proceedings, preparing training for staff in occupational safety and health, and undertaking site audits at various metro locations.

 

Areas of Expertise

As a previous underwriting assistant and case manager for Australia’s two most prominent domestic insurance firms, she brings a unique dimension to HBA’s RiskCover team.  Her strong appreciation of the claims management process extends to the needs of employers and insurers, and the legal services that are of particular assistance to them. She is able to provide specific and practical advice in disputed matters and claims management processes.

 

Why clients like her

Her warm, easy-going nature and plain English approach leads to strong client relationships, where they feel they are in capable, trusted hands.

Courtney Alexander

Solicitor

Courtney Alexander
Solicitor

T: +61 (0) 8 9265 6022
F: +61 (0) 8 9265 6099
M: 0408 711 945
courtney.alexander@hbalegal.com

 

Experience

Courtney has spent her time since admission in 2014 honing her skill as a personal injury lawyer representing insurers and self-insurers in State Workers Comp matters and CTP.  She joined HBA in late 2016 from Hall & Wilcox.  Her experience as both a plaintiff – and now defendant – lawyer provides a unique edge for claims management and resolution, affording useful insight into the motivations of both teams.

 

Areas of expertise

Courtney is a key member of HBA’s State workers’ compensation and CTP (motor vehicle accidents) business.  She has an excellent working knowledge of the State Workers Compensation statutory system under the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981, and the Motor Vehicle (Third Party Insurance) Act 1943 and the policies of the Insurance Commission of WA. She regularly advises clients on liability, recovery, quantum and claims management strategies.

 

Why clients like her

Courtney’s personable, friendly nature combines with plain English to help simplify and solve client’s problems.  Her smart, timely advice is trusted – clients know they will receive commercially sensitive and technically accurate advice to aid rapid resolution of claims.

 

Oliver Lacey

Solicitor

Oliver Lacey
Solicitor

T: + 61 (0) 2 9376 1143
F: +61 (0) 2 9376 1111
M: 0422 105 508
oliver.lacey@hbalegal.com

 

Experience

Oliver graduated from Newcastle University in 2014 and worked in Sydney in the field of personal injury across jurisdictions including NSW, ACT and QLD.  Now at HBA Legal, Oliver helps clients as part of Geoff Brookes’ casualty team.

 

Areas of Expertise

As a plaintiff lawyer, Oliver has developed expertise in the areas of medical negligence, CTP and public liability.  He gets to the heart of clients’ problems quickly through efficient communication, helping with rapid resolution of matters in the public and product liability space.

 

Why clients like him

Oliver combines a keen technical understanding of the law with an ability to communicate in plain language, giving clear legal advice.

 

Andrew Gulyas

Solicitor

Andrew Gulyas
Solicitor

T: +61 (0) 2 9376 1122
F: +61 (0) 2 9376 1111
M: 0419 481 606
andrew.gulyas@hbalegal,com

 

Experience

Andrew cut his teeth in Sydney and Melbourne firms before joining HBA’s federal workers’ compensation team based in Sydney.

He was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia in 2015, having achieved his law degree from the University of Notre Dame (Sydney) and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law (Sydney).

 

Areas of expertise

Andrew represents licensees and self-insurers under the SRC Act 1988 (Cth), providing all manner of legal advice concerning Commonwealth workers’ compensation claims, including representation before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.  He’s known for his skill in thorough legal research skills, confident advocacy in the Federal workers’ compensation jurisdiction,

 

Why clients like him

Clients appreciate Andrew friendly nature and positive, “can-do” attitude. He works hard to understand his client’s business needs and foster great relationships which result in great outcomes.

 

 

Sandra Raub

Solicitor

Sandra Raub

Solicitor

T: +61 (0) 8 9265 6007
F: +61 (0) 8 9265 6009
M: 0402 659 681
sandra.raub@hbalegal.com

 

Experience

Sandra comes from a property and general commercial background affording her a broad understanding of commercial legal matters, as well as document review and drafting.  She was admitted in 2017 and has an LLB/BA (French) from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice with the College of Law.

 

Areas of Expertise

Sandra has gathered experience at various Perth law firms through a range of legal and admin roles, including division management. While studying she gained experience as a Conveyancing Manager and Paralegal under her own ABN, testament to her relationship building skills and innovative thinking.  She is fluent in German with passable French.

 

Why clients like  her

Clients enjoy Sandra’s humour and friendliness, and absolute commitment to doing the best job possible for them. Quick to learn, she embraces the HBA way of listening to clients to consider the best solutions.

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