Wilkins

Mat Wilkins

Joint Managing Partner

Areas of expertise

Overview

Mat works with insurers, employers, brokers and industry groups providing guidance and experience in dealing with all lines of insurance with a particular focus on professional indemnity and liability claims as well as complex workers compensation claims.

He advises the leading national insurers and reinsurers in Australia. Mat is also an advisor to the group representing workers compensation insurers in Tasmania and acts for the Nominal Insurer.

Experience

Mat works with insurers, employers, brokers and industry groups providing guidance and experience in dealing with all lines of insurance with a particular focus on professional indemnity and liability claims as well as complex workers compensation claims.

He advises the leading national insurers and reinsurers in Australia. Mat is also an advisor to the group representing workers compensation insurers in Tasmania and acts for the Nominal Insurer.

Mat is known for providing advice with a strong technical background that is focused on strategic outcomes and solutions. He appears as counsel in all relevant jurisdictions and regularly appears in relevant Tribunals and courts and argues matters in the Full Court. He has appeared both as counsel and as solicitor in the High Court.

Recent examples of his experience include:

  • Acting in complex professional indemnity claims, involving engineering, medical and accounting evidence;
  • Acting for a national insurer in a complex Mesothelioma claim in the Dust Disease Tribunal where there were inter jurisdictional and choice of law issues;
  • Acting for a national insurer in asbestos related disease claims in the Supreme Court of Victoria;
  • Advising all Tasmanian workers compensation insurers and drafting submissions to the State government on changes to the Limitation Act. The government accepted and adopted the position advanced;
  • Advising on major personal injury claims between $3M-$10M in value;
  • Successfully defending public liability claims in the Supreme Court at the Full Court level; and
  • Advising the Tasmanian Government on the Asbestos Compensation Legislation introduced in 2011.

Mat has a reputation for adding value to his clients business through training and audit. He supervises a team of experienced lawyers that are able to respond quickly and efficiently to client’s needs.

He is a past President of the Tasmanian Bar Association and the Law Reform Institute of Tasmania and is a committee member of Workcover’s Legislative Review advisory Committee into workers compensation.

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