Nick Blayney
Principal Lawyer
+61 3 9641 8643
+61 401 135 779
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Areas of Expertise

Workplace and Insurance Services

Nick specialises in insurance litigation and workplace injury claims, acting for WorkSafe Victoria and its insurance agents.

He is renowned for his ability to deliver excellent outcomes for his clients.  His key strengths include high-level legal analysis, efficient work practices and ability to distil complex issues into succinct and practical advice.

He has a broad practice in insurance litigation with considerable experience advising clients in relation to statutory benefits and common law claims in negligence. He has particular expertise acting for clients in litigation arising from workplace fatalities, judicial review proceedings and industrial exposure claims.

Nick has acted for clients in all levels of the Victorian Courts including the Court of Appeal, as well as the High Court of Australia.  He also has considerable experience conducting high volume and often challenging litigation in Victorian circuit courts

What others say

Best Lawyer, Personal Injury Litigation
Best Lawyers Peer Review 2023
Preeminent Lawyer, Workers Compensation (Defendant) Victoria
Doyles Guide 2022
Recommended Lawyer, Dust Diseases (Defendant) Victoria
Doyles Guide 2018, 2022


Claims advice

Advising WorkSafe and self-insured companies in relation to liability for worker's compensation claims, including in relation to often complex and sensitive issues of employment, deemed employment, scope of employment, management action defences and medical and like expenses.

Extensive litigation experience

Acting on behalf of employers in common law trials involving complicated negligence and tort issues, multiple parties and large monetary sums.

Sensitive disputes

Advising and acting for clients in relation to sensitive claims involving workplace fatality, mental injury and suicide, occupational disease including asbestos related conditions and cancers, heart attack and stroke injuries.