Nick Sweeney


Areas of expertise

Health & safety | Workers compensation


Nick acts for a number of major Australian workers compensation insurers and Tasmanian self insurers.

Nick specialises in workers compensation, both under the statutory scheme and at common law. He has a particular interest in stress claims and has extensive experience in the construction and mining industries. He also regularly advises on workplace health and safety issues, primarily in relation to accidents which can involve employers being prosecuted for breaches of legislation.

Nick has provided to insurers, self-insurers and employers for many years, a commentary in relation to workers compensation and Supreme Court decisions relating to workers compensation and industrial accident matters. His commentary is often used as a training document for claims personnel within the industry and to employers. He is also provides advice and assistance to the Self-Insurers Association in Tasmania.


Nick provides strategic advice aimed at achieving a quick cost effective resolution.

Examples of his experience include:

  • Acting on behalf of insurers in the defence of decisions to dispute liability for claims through to arbitrated hearing;
  • Advising insurers in relation to complex multimillion dollar common law claims;
  • Negotiating the early resolution of complex claims without the need for formal proceedings;
  • Acting on behalf of major employers in relation to fatality claims in both the mining and construction industries;
  • Advising employers in relation to their potential exposure in relation to accidents in the workplace; and
  • Successfully negotiating the dismissal of workplace health and safety prosecutions.

Nick often appears as Counsel before the Worker’s Rehabilitation and Compensation Tribunal and in the Supreme and Magistrates Courts of Tasmania in industrial accident claims, prosecutions and coronial inquests.

Nick is a member of the Australian Insurance Law Association.

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