Damian Riggall

Senior Associate
Professional IndemnityInsurance

About Damian

Damian has over 7 years' experience practising in professional indemnity and insurance litigation.

He has acted for architects, engineers, solicitors, barristers, residential caretakers, real estate agents, financial advisers, building inspectors and health practitioners, among others.

Damian believes in developing strategies to facilitate the fair and expeditious resolution of disputes and is focused on guiding professionals through the intricacies of litigation so that they may resume their busy practices.

He has experience in “out of court” alternative dispute resolution, including mediation. Damian also provides specialist policy advice to professional indemnity underwriters and has acted in employment claims, including claims for unfair dismissal, adverse action remedy, and other workplace disputes.

Damian provides advice and representation for professionals in disciplinary actions and matters involving their professional registration.

 

Qualifications

  • Admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in December 2014
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours) - Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Business (Human Resources Management) - Queensland University of Technology

 

Memberships & Appointments

 

Relevant Experience

  • A key lawyer assisting with the defence of The Optometry Board of Australia in defending the first Supreme Court [2014] challenge to scope practice extension in Australia by allied professions to the medical profession. Resolved in favor of the Optometrists in mediation.
  • A key lawyer assisting in the defence of an international top tier law firm in a Supreme Court proceeding against it by a former developer client, including several interlocutory applications.
  • Acting for a large firm of solicitors in a negligence claim for failing to commence proceeding within time limitation.
  • Acting for a barrister in an application to set aside the renewal of a claim. The claim was dismissed ([2016] QSC 203).
  • Acting on behalf of a national architectural practice in a large litigated personal injury claim. Proceedings resolved before trial with limited contribution from the architect.
  • Successfully defended claim in the Industrial Commission and appeal to the Industrial Court for alleged victimization in the workplace against a large not for profit employer.
  • Acting for state legal funding provider in claim against it for alleged negligent management of grant and appointment of a panel firm. Achieved summary judgment on behalf of client.
  • Acted for insurance brokers and mortgage brokers in claims brought in the Australian Financial Complaints Authority.
  • Acting for a financial advisor in a proceeding commenced by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
  • Acted for Medical Practitioners, Psychologists and other Allied Health professionals in an array of disciplinary proceedings commenced by AHPRA and the Office of Health Ombudsman.