Case Notes: McGrory v Medina Property Inc Services Pty Limited

By | December 12th, 2016|BTLawyers, Case Studies, News|

By Clint Kanther, Senior Associate McGrory v Medina Property Inc Services involved a hospitality worker lifting an ice bin.  Both liability and quantum were disputed, with the plaintiff seeking damages in excess of $285,000 for injuries that she allegedly sustained to her shoulders. Employer’s responsibility for mitigating risk Despite inconsistencies with the plaintiff's reporting as [...]

Insights into Better Thinking: An interview with Peter Addison about Bunnings National Safety Strategy

By | December 12th, 2016|Interview, News, Safety, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Georgina Wong, Senior Associate Australia’s most popular weekend destination might be best known by the general public as the best place to get a sausage sizzle and where “lowest prices are just the beginning”, but behind the closed roller doors of Bunnings warehouses, it’s their safety strategy that’s truly at the heart of their [...]

BTLawyers Promotes Two New Associates

By | November 22nd, 2016|News, Staff Announcements|

BTLawyers are pleased to announce that Solicitors Brooke Wilton and George Williams have been promoted to Associates. Brooke joined BTLawyers as a Solicitor in April 2014, having previously worked as a Paralegal and Legal Assistant Team Leader. Since joining BTL, she has worked for a number of workers’ compensation insurers managing claims across the meat [...]

Employers: there’s a 1 in 4 chance your female staff members are experiencing domestic violence at home.

By | November 15th, 2016|Domestic Violence, Family Law, News, Staff Policies and Processes|

By John Salter and Vanessa Hernandez Domestic Violence Awareness Month may be over, but the drive to improve responses to it in the workplace are just beginning. This week, a full bench of the Australian Work Commission is sitting in Melbourne to hear and determine a test case claim by the Australian Council of Trade [...]

BTLawyers features in Doyles Guide’s Leading Lawyers for 2016

By | November 4th, 2016|Awards, News|

Here at BTLawyers we take the words 'leading law firm' seriously. Which is why we're thrilled to be featured in the 2016 Doyles Guide to leading workers compensation law firms and lawyers (defendant) in Queensland. Law Firms and Lawyers recognised by Doyle's Guide are identified by the state's plaintiff and defendant insurance lawyers for their [...]

Are your staff policies up to scratch? Lessons from some recent Fair Work Commission decisions.

By | November 2nd, 2016|HR/IR, News, Staff Policies and Processes|

By John Salter, Director, BTS Accord This article first appeared in Beef Central on 28 October 2016   As an employer, are your policy and process documents really up to scratch when it comes to workplace discipline and cases where a dismissal may be unavoidable? If you’re not sure, it’s definitely time to check. Two [...]

Kerrie Jackson appointed Equity Partner at BTLawyers

By | October 12th, 2016|Media Release, News, Staff Announcements|

We're excited to announce that Insurance lawyer Kerrie Jackson has been appointed as the first female Equity Partner of BTLawyers. BTLawyers Partner and Founder, Bruce Thomas, says that Jackson’s appointment comes during a time of significant change for the firm with the recent introduction of three new practice areas to diversify the firm’s specialist insurance offering. [...]

Criminal conduct of employees and vicarious liability

By | October 10th, 2016|Case Studies, News, Other|

What Prince Alfred College Incorporated v ADC tells employers about vicarious liability. The High Court's recent view on vicarious liability of employers for the criminal conduct of employees will be of interest to employers in the education sector, boarding schools and similar institutions. The case involved a Plaintiff who was sexually abused by a housemaster employed [...]

Media Release: BTLawyers launches three new practice areas to boost dispute resolution offering

By | September 2nd, 2016|Media Release, News|

Specialist insurance legal firm, BTLawyers, has announced the launch of three new practice areas to their Brisbane-based business with the addition of Employment Law, Family Law and Debt Recovery & Insolvency. The Employment Law practice provides an integrated service offering with the firm’s new joint venture HR/IR consultancy, BTS Accord. BTLawyers Partner and Founder, Bruce [...]

Court of Appeal overturns Cocaine Smuggler’s Award for Slip and Fall in Prison

By | June 16th, 2016|Case Studies|

Readers of our June Newsletter were surprised at a District Court decision which awarded a prisoner over $80,000 for slipping on a “quite inconspicuous” quantity of water. The finding that a prison had a duty to periodically inspect a prisoner’s kitchen for a hazard which the Court found to be so difficult to see, almost [...]