Mark Van Der Hout
+61 2 9210 9100
+61 2 9223 2011

Mark joined BBW Lawyers in September 2016 and works across a broad range of compensation matters. He has a specialised interest in the defence of statutory and work injury damages claims within New South Wales, having been engaged in several large and complex cases.

Prior to joining BBW Lawyers, Mark was employed as a solicitor for some of Australia’s major plaintiff law firms. He gained valuable experience whilst focusing on NSW public liability, medical negligence and workers compensation claims. He draws upon the practical experience of his former role to bring an intelligent approach to current matters.

Mark advises insurers on the management of claims and liability disputes, assisting in the development and implementation of strategies in response. He is commonly known for his approachable and outcome driven attitude, while providing concise and easily understood analysis of intricate legal issues for his clients.

Mark frequently presents seminars and delivers formal and informal training to self-insurers and employers on management of workers' compensation claims and legal developments in NSW workers' compensation.


Over the years, Mark has been involved high profile litigation matters in the District Court, Supreme Court and High Court including the matter of Strong v Woolworths Ltd [2012] HCA 5. This was a seminal decision in the scope of Civil Liability; specifically, the element of causation. He frequently appears at Arbitrations before the Personal Injury Commission, where he is highly regarded by Members and fellow practitioners.

Mark has acted in a number of significant matters, including:

  • Midcoast Council v Cheers [2022] NSWPICPD 26;
  • Usher v Coffs Harbour City Council [2022] NSWPICPD 9;
  • Conway v Campbelltown Catholic Club Ltd [2022] NSWPIC 124;
  • Palasty v Lendlease Building Pty Limited [2021] NSWPICPD 19;
  • Sharp v Sylvanvale Foundation Limited [2021] NSWPIC 300;
  • Sikoski v Dolci Doro Pty Ltd [2020] NSWWCCPD 60;
  • State Super Financial Services Australia Limited v McCoy [2018] NSWWCCPD 26;
  • Diggelman v Rathmines Memorial Bowling Club Co-Operative [2022] NSWPICMP 321;
  • Frangoff v Insight Security Services Pty Limited [2021] NSWWCCMA 7;
  • Boreland v MyHouse (Aust) Pty Ltd [2020] NSWWCCMA 72. 


Areas of Expertise
Workers compensation
Public & product liability claims
Work injury damages
Work health and safety
Superannuation (TPD) claims
Professional indemnity litigation
General Insurance