Health Law and Medical Malpractice

Health professionals experience unique pressure points and need the assurance of legal advisers who share a mutual concern for their professional standing, and livelihood, when faced with a complaint or claim. Similarly, hospitals and healthcare organisations require timely and effective advice from lawyers with a deep understanding of, and interest in, their operations and their standing in the community.


How we can help

Our dedicated national health team is experienced in medical negligence, professional indemnity, regulatory and advisory matters and work with a range of healthcare providers to protect their reputational and commercial imperatives.

With qualifications in science, nursing and other health-related disciplines, or first hand legal experience inhouse at major hospitals, our team is well placed to offer practical insight and experience across a wide range of matters involving healthcare providers, including:

  • Medical negligence and criminal allegations
  • Coronial investigations and inquests
  • Internal and external investigations and inquiries
  • Medicare reviews
  • Complaints resolution, disciplinary hearings, investigations and regulatory processes
  • Clinical governance and compliance advice and representation
  • Clinical service delivery issues including capacity and consent, vaccination, clinical trials, substitute decision making, guardianship, child protection and public health matters
  • Employment law
  • Statutory liability
  • Privacy/cyber matters involving medical records, patient information and treatment team communication
  • General advice in relation to insurance, implications of privacy legislation, risk management procedures, hospital/clinic policy reviews, oblications under Right to Information legislation and services agreements.

Our approach to Health Law and Medical Malpractice claims

Our team carefully and efficiently manage medical malpractice and health related matters to quickly identify issues and consider the impact on commercial or professional relationships and risk of publicity. We provide advice and develop innovative and timely strategies focused on the big picture: understanding professional or organisational objectives, strong practical orientation, effective communication and a collaborative approach.

We take the time to understand your objectives

Strong practical orientation

Effective communication

Collaborative approach

Examples of our work

Surgical malpractice claim

We acted for a busy hospital that performed emergency surgery on a patient. The hospital then became one of several respondents to a $4 million medical malpractice claim. We worked closely with the hospital to obtain evidence that established that the treatment provided to the patient was appropriate and there was no liability on the part of the hospital. The claim was resolved prior to litigation without any financial contribution from the hospital.

Negligent fertility treatment

We acted on behalf of a fertility clinic in a negligent treatment claim following the birth of non-identical triplets to claimants who had consented to the transfer of only two embryos. The claim involved complex liability, causation and apportionment issues involving extensive technical expert evidence. A favourable settlement was achieved, avoiding any reputational damage to the clinic.

Coronial inquest

We acted for a significant provider of aged and disability nursing care in an inquest into the treatment received by a deceased patient, a tetraplegic, in relation to pressure area wounds which had deteriorated to the point where she died from sepsis. The inquest also explored issues of mental health and legal decision-making capacity. There were five represented parties, and the inquest took place over eight days before the Deputy State Coroner. Our involvement significantly minimised the impact on our client of adverse findings and recommendations.

Great lawyers, great people

Our Health Law and Medical Malpractice Specialists

Meet our dedicated team of health law and medical malpractice lawyers.

"Highly skilled and knowledgeable. Very good understanding of the industry. Pragmatic approach to resolving issues. Very approachable and responsive."

Beaton Benchmarks - Insurance

Ask us how we can help

Barry Nilsson acknowledges the traditional owners of the land on which we conduct our business, and pays respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation