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Saving the environment one page at a time.

By | July 18th, 2017|News|

Our Brilliant Thinking team at BTLawyers have been working hard on becoming more eco-friendly through the implementation of our Paperless Project. In mid-2016, BTLawyers set a goal to reduce our printing and photocopying - we wondered how this was going to be achieved with the number of briefs and correspondence required in a law firm. [...]

Eyes Wide Shut: Employer’s liability and management of employee fatigue

By | May 9th, 2017|HR/IR, News, Staff Policies and Processes|

By Carlen Lowe and Clint Kanther You’ve got an employee who’s just finished working four straight days of 12-hour shifts. He lives five hours away. At the end of his last shift, he elects to drive home. Three hours into his journey he falls asleep at the wheel and has a single vehicle accident. As [...]

We’re seeking a Brilliant Thinking law student!

By | April 20th, 2017|Join our team, News|

Are you looking for a law firm that's full of Brilliant and Bold Thinkers for your PLT placement? The ideal candidate will undertake a Practical Legal Training placement over a period of approximately 60 days as required by your education provider, 5 days a week (or 4 for the right candidate) commencing in May. You [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]