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Our Expertise

Personal Injury and Compensation

Russell Kennedy draws on premium expertise and experience to provide personal injury and compensation advice to clients including the Victorian WorkCover Authority and the Victorian State Government.

We consistently achieve high recovery rates through a combination of technical expertise and effective case management strategies, with our use of customised technology and work processes reducing paperwork and duplication of effort while allowing clients to track progress.

Our WorkCover team is led by Geoff Provis who has advised the Victorian WorkCover Authority for more than 25 years on personal injury matters. Geoff is also a former Chair of the WorkCover Advisory Committee and a former Chair of the Law Institute of Victoria’s Accident Compensation Committee.

Recoveries

Since 2005 Russell Kennedy has worked closely with the Victorian WorkCover Authority, as part of the Recoveries Panel, to recover payments of compensation made to injured workers in the case of negligent third parties.

The cases we have worked on include proving negligence of a third party in a variety of settings including occupiers liability, labour hire situations, medical negligence and building incidents. We can deal with insurance issues such as contractual, indemnity, hold harmless clauses and indemnity disputes with these cases conducted in the Supreme, County and Magistrates courts.

We are diligent to manage files carefully and scrupulous in reporting any issues that may arise. We are conscious of the Victorian WorkCover Authority's role as a model litigant and act accordingly at all times.

Common Law and Statutory Benefits

The WorkCover team has a wealth of experience acting for employers and insurers defend common law damages claims and statutory benefit disputes. We are made up of practitioners who have been defending these types of claims for 10 to 30 years, and also junior practitioners being mentored and trained in how to effectively run compensation litigation. We consistently obtain excellent results for employers, insurers and WorkCover, as we are able to quickly identify the primary issues in a dispute and swiftly and efficiently resolve them. We are robust negotiators that work hard to get our clients the best result.

Victorian Government

Russell Kennedy also advises the Victorian State Government on personal injury matters including contingent liability assessment, development of case strategy, attending mediations, preparation for trial and litigation management. We have acted for Government in personal injury matters including actions for compensation for malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office, false imprisonment, trespass, assault, battery and negligence actions. These actions include compensation claims arising from injuries slips and falls, assaults, workplace accidents as well as torts arising from law enforcement function of the State.