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It’s official: HBA among WA’s best insurance firms

October 14, 2020

Well-respected Doyle’s Guide has announced the leading defendant insurance lawyers and law firms in Western Australia for 2020, with HBA Legal appearing across four key categories. Lawyers, barristers and firms are awarded based on feedback from industry peers, clients and relevant industry bodies. HBA has been named among the top law firms in the following defendant […]

HBA home to ‘Best Lawyers’

April 17, 2020

Insurance law experts Dr Andrew Lu OAM and Ruth Slater have been included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in Australia. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Today, Best Lawyers publishes lists in 75 countries. “Best Lawyers was founded […]

Top honours for team HBA: Doyle’s Guide 2018

October 31, 2018

HBA’s Ruth Slater and Dr Andrew Lu OAM have been named two of WA’s best lawyers in the newly released Doyle’s Guide 2018. Lawyers, barristers and firms are awarded based on feedback from industry peers, clients and relevant industry bodies. HBA has been named among the top law firms in the following categories: Leading Workers’ […]

New Partner: HBA Secures Industry Leader for  NewLaw Growth

June 13, 2018

News Release:   13 June 2018   New Partner: HBA Secures Industry Leader for NewLaw Growth   Industry leader and pre-eminent WA medical negligence and professional indemnity lawyer, Dr Andrew Lu OAM, is joining legal services entrepreneur HBA Legal to spearhead its Perth-based Medical Malpractice and Health Law service. Dr Lu joins the national insurance law firm […]

Doctor disqualified for poor medical practice, not maintaining appropriate boundaries and sexualised behavior

June 16, 2017

  Medical Board of Australia v Duck [2017] WASAT 28   Key Points In early 2014, the Medical Board of Australia received a notification alleging that Dr Gregory Duck had bought lingerie for a patient, taken photographs of her while she was wearing the lingerie and inappropriately prescribed the patient medication. The Board took immediate […]

NSW parliament votes down bill to decriminalise abortion

June 16, 2017

Background With abortion still considered a crime in NSW, many have labelled the current position as ‘archaic’ and ‘out of touch’ with modern societal and medical standards. According to the 100-year-old law, women who access abortion services and doctors who provide them are liable to imprisonment for up to ten years. The Law Sections 82 […]

Euthanasia drugs characterised as ‘palliative care’ rather than ‘end-of-life treatment’

June 16, 2017

Syme v Medical Board of Australia (Review and Regulation) [2016] VCAT 2150   Key Points Dr Syme, an 81-year-old urologist and vice-president of advocate group Dying with Dignity supplied Nembutal as part of his counselling services to terminally ill patients. Disputing a condition placed on his licence by the Medical Board of Australia, Dr Syme […]

Eight year old loses thumb after delay in medical treatment

June 16, 2017

Gould v South Western Sydney Local Health District [2017] NSWDC 67   Key Points An eight-year-old boy suffered a severe complex crushing injury to his thumb and was transferred to Liverpool Hospital for treatment. Due to other higher priority emergency patients arriving, treatment was delayed by 16 hours. Upon discharge, the thumb wound worsened. Gangrene […]

Doctor struck off for prescribing steroids

June 16, 2017

Medical Board of Australia v Singh [2017] WASAT 33   Key Points Dr Singh was consulted by patients involved in body building and physical conditioning. He prescribed androgen anabolic steroids and related drugs for these activities, despite the prescription of these drugs being found to have no therapeutic basis. The Medical Board of Australia commenced […]

Obstetrician/gynaecologist drinks alcohol while on call

June 16, 2017

Health Care Complaints Commission v Schmidt [2016] NSWCATOD 145   Key Points A complaint was made against Dr Schmidt following his conduct prior to and during the course of Patient A’s labour. The complaint had two facets. The first facet was that Dr Schmidt had consumed alcohol whilst on call and attended on a pregnant […]