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Ben Russell
Special Counsel
I am an expert in personal injury litigation, representing WorkSafe Victoria and leading self-insured corporations. I regularly act in damages litigation and statutory compensation disputes in all Victorian courts, including appeals and judicial review applications. I also represent self-insurers in the AAT under the Comcare scheme. I also advise insurers about insurance contracts, scheme agreements and tender processes.
  • +61 3 8608 2556
  • +61 408 129 794

I take pride in managing challenging litigated matters using a calm and strategic approach, contesting litigation in appropriate matters, and also achieving timely negotiated outcomes. I'm known for developing good working relationships with clients, courts, barristers, plaintiff solicitors and witnesses.

I enjoy dealing with complex technical insurance issues for clients, including experience drafting legislation and insurance contracts, and assisting with scheme management and tenders.

Career highlights

  • Regularly acting in damages and compensation litigation in the Magistrates' Court, the County Court and the Supreme Court, including various causes and jury trials.
  • Acting in judicial review applications in the Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeal, for example, in Karabinis v Bendrups & Ors [2017] VSC 648, followed by Karabinis v Bendrups & Ors [2018] VSCA 124.
  • Acting in the AAT throughout Australia representing leading self-insurers in disputes under the Comcare scheme.
  • Advising WorkSafe and the Victorian Government in a joint project drafting comprehensive new workers compensation legislation.
  • Providing advice in relation to a large tender process, and ongoing advice in relation to contractual and scheme management issues.
  • Acting in the Supreme Court and VCAT in OH&S enforcement litigation.
  • Recipient of the WorkSafe Legal Panel scholarship award.
  • Attended the London School of Economics to complete further education in negotiation.