Scott Newlan
Special Counsel
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Areas of Expertise

Workplace and Insurance Services

Scott has extensive experience acting for defendants in personal injury claims in a variety of schemes, including WorkCover, TAC, volunteer compensation and Comcare.

Scott manages a large portfolio of industrial injury claims on behalf of WorkSafe Victoria, its agents and its insured employers, including serious injury applications, pre-litigated and litigated common law damages claims, statutory benefits disputes and dependency claims.  In addition to his disputes work, he is often consulted by WorkSafe for his advice on complex and sensitive claims.  He also regularly acts for large self-insurer clients in common law and statutory benefits matters in the WorkCover scheme.

Scott acts for the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) in pre-litigated and litigated statutory benefits disputes relating to injuries sustained in transport accidents.  He previously worked as an in-house solicitor at the TAC, where he primarily managed litigated common law damages claims.

Scott also regularly advises the Country Fire Authority (CFA) in relation to the management of personal injury claims by volunteers under the CFA compensation scheme and handles claims for lump sum compensation on behalf of CFA.

Scott is highly experienced in litigation and has appeared in Courts and Tribunals at all levels, from the Magistrates' Court and VCAT to the Court of Appeal and the High Court.

Scott is valued by the firm and its clients for his considered, diligent and technically sound approach to managing claims and litigation.

What others say

WorkSafe Legal Panel scholarship award (2020) – recipient
WorkSafe Victoria
"30 Under 30" Corporate Counsel (2015) – nominee
Lawyers Weekly


Extensive court experience

Acting for clients at all levels, from VCAT to the Court of Appeal, including complex proceedings, multi-party matters, judicial review applications and proceedings under Part III of the Wrongs Act.


Advising and acting on behalf of WorkSafe Victoria and self-insurers in complex pre-litigated and litigated common law damages claims for personal injury, litigated statutory benefits proceedings and dependency claims.

Statutory compensation

Advising and acting for other government bodies/insurers including the TAC and the CFA in relation to claims for personal injuries.