Partner

Michael Down

Michael has three decades of experience in providing clients with legal services in relation to general liability, professional indemnity and insurance.
He regularly delivers presentations to legal audiences and local government bodies and at other fora, particularly in relation to developing case law, legislation and policies and procedures relevant to risk management.

Expertise

Michael’s expertise includes:

  • Insurance issues including policy interpretation and indemnity advice – liability policies
  • Litigation – High Court, NSW Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of NSW, District Court of NSW, Local Court of NSW, Coroners Court, NCAT
  • Presentations on Risk Management.

Professional Memberships / Accreditation & Activities

  • Recommended Lawyer, Insurance Law, Best Lawyers in Australia.
  • Recommended Lawyer, Insurance, The Asia-Pacific Legal 500.
  • Preeminent Lawyer, Public & Product Liability, Doyle’s Guide

Thinking

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A Truckload of Reforms on the Horizon:...
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Case analysis: NIKOLICH v WEBB [2020] WASCA...
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Not Knee-ly Enough To Prove Injury
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TPD claims - beware the Date of Assessment
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Lee Mee Ko v Dr Hall & Ors [2020] VSCA 224
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East Metropolitan Health Service v Ellis: A...
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Uncertainties with the Unfair Contract Terms...
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The Clinical Decision - Zubary v SM NSW Pty...
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Requesting information about a personal...
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Dumevska v State of New South Wales [2020]...
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Tightened complaint handling procedures aimed...
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Just, cheap and quick? The evolution of...
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QBE Insurance (Australia) Ltd v Allianz...
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St Kyros Cranes Pty Ltd v Hassen Haddad...
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Insurance Indemnity for work health and...
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WorkCover WA - Abolition of the...
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The Royal Appeal
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Lex loci and cross jurisdictional awards of...
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Entitlement to Damages for Loss of Use...
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I Forgot - What Happened?
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New Statutory Duty of Care for Building...
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Personal Injury Commission Bill 2020
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In Summary - Supreme Court Practice Note SC...
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Current developments in class actions in...
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The importance of pleadings in Work Injury...
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Use of handwriting experts and lay evidence...
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The ACT Supreme Court finds a Stranger...
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COVID-19
The impact of COVID-19 on Dust Diseases...
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The 304 Words that Could Change Class Actions...
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COVID-19
Tours to be ‘Moore’ on Guard after High...
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COVID-19
Ensuring Management Action is Reasonable...
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COVID-19
Electronic execution of documents during...
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The 304 Words that Could Change Class Actions...
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NSW Court of Appeal Confirmed an Employer is...
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The price of institutional abuse
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A Crash Course on Birth Injury Claims
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COVID-19
A Brave New World: a workers compensation...
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COVID-19
COVID-19 and the enforceability of...
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Tripped Up – The NSW District Court...
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The Unintended Consequences of Amending...
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The Trending Consequential Claims
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Yeung v Santosa Realty Co & Anor [2020] VSCA...
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Childhood abuse cases - Queensland lifts...

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