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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.

Blockchain or Buzzchain?  Some early considerations of blockchain’s use in legal services

February 8, 2018

HBA Legal’s risk and cyber security experts have been enjoying some robust discussion about the potential merits and pitfalls of blockchain technology applied in the legal industry. Amid the flurry of stories about how this technology will – or won’t – change the world, what do we need to consider in relation to delivering legal […]

Desk jobs for truckies: Tribunal considers Suitable Duties and retirement

January 23, 2018

Cooney and K & S Freighters Pty Ltd (Compensation) [2017] AATA 1460 Key Points Mr Cooney was a trucker driver who injured his back in the course of his employment. He was offered clerical duties at his regular earnings, which he accepted. Mr Cooney subsequently retired whilst in the course of the clerical duties. The […]

A shift in theory on what causes hernias

January 23, 2018

Portors and Comcare [2017] AATA 2166 13 November 2017   Key Points The Tribunal was required to consider whether Mr Portors was entitled to compensation for medical treatment and incapacity to work in relation to an accepted hernia condition. The Tribunal found in favour of the employer that there was no liability to pay such […]

Credibility issues and delay scupper claim

January 23, 2018

Eleftheriou and Australian Postal Corporation [2017] AATA 1158   Key Points The Tribunal was required to consider whether Mr Eleftheriou had suffered an ‘injury’ or ‘aggravation of an injury’, and whether his delay in providing notice of the alleged injury (two and a half years) was not ‘as soon as practicable’ and prejudicial to Australia […]

AAT rejects claim for long term physiotherapy in RSI case

January 23, 2018

Bennett and Comcare [2017] AATA 1269 Key Point Unless an employee can show physiotherapy or similar allied health treatments are obtained ‘in relation to’ an accepted injury, the Tribunal will not support funding for it. Background Ms Bennett had an accepted claim for a “repetitive strain injury (right) arm” sustained on 15 March 1985 and […]

No compo for missing out: injury from failure to obtain promotion not compensable due to reasonable administrative action

January 23, 2018

  RSBQ and Comcare  [2017] AATA 1965   Key Points A government worker applied for a promotion, did not succeed, and lodged a claim for psychological injury He alleged his condition was caused by an unreasonable selection process The process was found to constitute a reasonable administrative action taken in a reasonable manner Background The […]

Design thinking helps us win in the The Great Legal Reformation! Thanks to Mitch Kowalski for working with us and our clients this month!

November 21, 2017

Having a great couple of weeks touring Australia with NewLaw thought leader Mitch Kowalski, meeting with clients, students and business to explore the future of legal services.  Mitch talks about ‘The Great Legal Reformation’ – it’s here and only firms responding to the commercial need for efficiency and lower costs will get across the finish line. […]

Innovation Thought Leader Supports Design Thinking for Legal Services

November 10, 2017

News Release:  10 November 2017       The irreversible shift in the legal industry and how to respond to it, will be addressed by Canadian NewLaw thought leader and author Mitch Kowalski when he meets with leading figures from the worlds of insurance, business and academia this month as part of an Australian tour […]

Sean Hayes to Helm New Player in Claims Management Market

November 8, 2017

Sean Hayes has been announced as director and General Manager of HBA Group’s new claims, legal and risk management business Paratus, launched June this year.   Paratus challenges traditional models of claims management by integrating legal services and continual risk assessment to deliver streamlined, cost-effective services to insurance clients. Hayes was formerly CGU’s National Agencies […]