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Our team regularly produces articles and updates on legal developments and the implications for clients. Our latest publications can be viewed below. Alternatively, use the Search function on the left to find the topic of your choice.

Australasian-wide recognition for HBA

March 25, 2019

HBA Legal and HBA Group have both been announced as finalists in the 2019 Australasian Law Awards. The Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of Australia and New Zealand’s leading legal professionals, firms and in-house teams. The awards are said to define excellence in the legal profession over the past year. HBA Legal has been announced […]

When it comes to fiction vs reality, it’s perception that counts

March 18, 2019

Davies and John Holland Pty Ltd [2019] AATA 148.   Key Points: The Tribunal needed to determine whether a psychological condition had been significantly contributed to by employment. The Tribunal concluded that even though the psychological condition arose from misapprehensions, there was a sufficient connection to actual events in the workplace for the employee to […]

Staying inside the lines: Tribunal critical of the rigid Comcare Guide but still must abide by it

March 18, 2019

Dillon and Comcare [2019] AATA 214.   Key Points: The Tribunal needed to determine whether an assessment of whole person impairment (WPI) was correct. The constraints of the Comcare Guide in regard to the Assessment of the Degree of Permanent Impairment were criticised in circumstances where the impairment was more significant than the assessable WPI […]

Tribunal stands by Lock and Weston in jurisdiction dispute

March 15, 2019

Steele and Comcare [2019] AATA 181.   Key Points: The Tribunal decided, on the papers, whether it had jurisdiction to review a decision to cease paying workers’ compensation Deputy President Boyle distinguished the case from Lock and Comcare and found that it had jurisdiction   Background: Scott Steele submitted a claim for workers’ compensation in […]

It’s a tie – the worker gets surgery, but the employer wins right to stop paying workers’ compensation

March 7, 2019

Wragg and Cleanaway Operations Pty Ltd [2019] AATA 43.   Key Points:   The Tribunal was required to consider whether a rubbish truck driver, who broke his arm, continued to be entitled to incapacity payments in circumstances where he could earn his full pre-injury wages. The second issue for the Tribunal to consider was whether […]

HBA Partner appointed to State Administrative Tribunal

March 7, 2019

Media Release:  HBA Partner Dr Andrew Lu OAM has been appointed a sessional (part-time) member of the Western Australian State Administrative Tribunal (SAT). Appointments are made on the recommendation of the SAT President and approved by the Western Australian Premier, Attorney-General and Governor. SAT is an independent body that makes and reviews a broad range of […]

11 year delay no barrier to claim

March 7, 2019

Sarraf and Comcare (Compensation) [2018] AATA 3196.   Key Points: The applicant made a claim for workers’ compensation in 2016, in respect of an aggravation of an injury sustained in September 2005. The Tribunal found that the claim for workers’ compensation satisfied the requirements set out in section 53 of the SRC Act, despite the […]

Employer liable for Customer Service Officer’s recreational netball injury

March 7, 2019

Rye and Comcare [2018] AATA 4658.   Key Points: The applicant sustained an injury while participating in a netball game. The Tribunal was satisfied that her employer had actively encouraged her to participate in the netball game and, therefore this injury was compensable under the SRC Act.   Background: The applicant was employed by the […]

How Much Does It Cost To Replace A Navy Patrol Boat? 31.5 Million!

March 6, 2019

DMS Maritime Pty Limited v Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Plc [2018] QSC 303.   Key Point: When an insurer denies liability for a claim, or allows its insured to resolve a potentially insured loss against a third party, it loses control of the process. When this occurs, a Court will allow an insured significant […]

Dead driver owes police officer duty

February 12, 2019

Caffrey v AAI Limited [2019] QSC 7.   Key Point: Negligent drivers who cause an accident owe a duty of care to police officers who attend the accident scene. Background: The plaintiff was a police officer who developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after attending the scene of a single vehicle motor vehicle accident. The […]