Michael joined TurksLegal in 1999 and is a Partner in our Employers Liability group.
He acts for and advises icare, its agents, self-insurers, NSW government departments and employers in NSW across a wide range of workers compensation related issues.
He has a particular interest in the defence of work injury damages claims, the pursuit of workers compensation recoveries and dual insurance/insurance contribution claims. He also defends commonwealth workers compensation claims under the Comcare scheme.
Michael has recovered millions of dollars for his clients, whilst at the same time paving the way for these recoveries to become common place in all workers compensation setups across NSW.
He has been involved in a number of leading decisions that have been influential in the pursuit of section 151Z recovery claims, including:
- Allianz Australia v Newcastle Formwork  NSWCA 144 and State of NSW (Ambulance Service) v McKittrick  NSWCA 63 – clarified the obligation of employers to provide answers to particulars;
- Teuma v CP & PK Judd  NSWCA 166 - damages for domestic assistance in motor accident claims were found to include all tasks performed by a spouse as part of the “give and take” of marriage;
- State of NSW (NSW Police) v Nominal Defendant  NSWCA 225 – a police officer injured during a pursuit (after colliding with a parked vehicle) was found not to have broken the chain of causation required to establish negligence in a third party;
- Perrett v Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority; Wine & Vine Personnel Pty Ltd V Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority  NSWSC 1026 – confirmed a right to interest; and
- State of NSW v Wenham  NSWCA 336 – confirmed recovery claims could utilise the “blameless motor accident”.
Despite shaping the case law in the area, Michael is best known for adopting a cost effective approach to recoveries without the need to resort to litigation and has run many projects with this goal in mind.