Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers has appointed a new special counsel to lead its Melbourne office.
Paul Burke joined the firm from Slater and Gordon Lawyers, where he was a principal lawyer. He has more than 15 years’ experience acting for both injured plaintiffs and defendant insurers.
Burke has achieved landmark settlements on behalf of clients, including securing common-law damages in the loss of an unborn child. Managing partner Howard Harrison said the new special counsel brings with him exceptional skills and a determination. that pushes him pursue claims up to the High Court.
“He has experience in litigating claims in VCAT, the Magistrates’, County, Supreme Courts and Court of Appeal as well as the AAT and the High Court,” Harrison said.
Burke said he joins Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers at a particularly important time for workers, when accessibility to high-quality legal service plays a crucial role in the protection of their fundamental rights.
“The rapid changing character of employment and business at the present has left many people exposed and without the proper protections in the event of a workplace injury. These fast paced changes in workplaces and the challenges presented by many of the new business practices, such as the rise of the so called ‘gig economy,’ are issues that workers, employers and government will need to continue to focus on and address,” Burke said. “It is also a very dynamic time in the personal injury and workers’ compensation field in Victoria. There are dramatic changes in the type of legal services being offered to injured workers.”
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