Co-founder, Director & Chair of Board
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Nathan co-founded HBA Legal because he wanted to “find a way to give clients a better law firm experience”. He was driven to challenge the traditional law firm model and instead bring clients fast, efficient, and commercially savvy legal solutions. Since HBA’s inception, Nathan and business partner Brett Ablong have gone on to create the HBA Group (HBA Legal, Paratus and Pillion): three allied businesses that together power new solutions and exceptional outcomes for clients.
Nathan began his career on the east coast of Australia in 1998, moving west to Perth in 2004 working with Sparke Helmore, Minter Ellison and then DibbsBarker. Nathan made partner at 31 and today operates out of HBA’s Sydney office.
Areas of expertise
Taking into account his experience as a paralegal and then lawyer, Nathan has worked exclusively in insurance litigation for over 20 years. Nathan is widely recognised as a public liability expert and is one of just a handful of lawyers in Australia who has come to be widely known as an expert in Commonwealth workers’ compensation law.
Nathan’s experience lies in litigation, where he represents major insurers, self-insureds and large Australian companies with significant deductibles. He’s widely experienced across retail, logistics, hotels, mining and banking. Today, Nathan is also a valued business partner to various stakeholders placing risk into the Lloyd’s market in London and their underwriters. His focus on design of models for managing risk, to avoid litigation, is highly valued by his clients.
Why clients like him
Nathan is approachable and authentic, with creative problem solving skills that deliver the best outcome in the most efficient way. He thinks outside of the box and is not constrained by doing things a certain way “because that’s how they’ve always been done.” Nathan will structure HBA’s services, fees, and anything in between, to suit each client.