David Hughes
+61 2 9210 9100
+61 2 9223 2011

David Specialises in employers’ liability with a particular emphasis on self-insured clients. He works closely with one of Australia’s largest self-insurers and this has given him a wealth of knowledge across a broad spectrum of different matters. He understands that several strategies can be employed for every matter and he works hard to find a tailored strategy aimed at minimising risk. David also excels in the areas of Work Capacity Decisions and Injury Management Disputes, and is adept at using these to his client’s advantage.

David has also developed a robust public liability practice with a focus on logistics and warehousing. He is regularly involved in complex multi-party litigation traversing issues such as liability, indemnity and recovery. This experience has made him well-versed in the conduct of alternative dispute resolution methods and settlement negotiations. He is trusted with the defence of high-profile damages claims, a testament to his skills in risk management.


  • David headed up a claims strategy conference for a large employer and self-insurer. The client had several long-term workers compensation claims for employees who were proving to be troublesome. 
  • By working very closely with BBW Lawyers employment law team, David implemented a multi-pronged strategy which enabled the client to close several claims and address employment issues without increasing the risk of litigation. By securing a saving on its future liabilities, the employer was able to divert funds into meaningful projects.
Areas of Expertise
Workers compensation
ACT workers compensation
Work injury damages
Work capacity decisions
S 151Z recoveries
Superannuation (TPD) claims