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About Stiles Lawyers

Company Profile

Stiles Lawyers is a firm committed to its clients offering specialist, practical advice based on proven expertise and experience.

We understand our clients' needs and ensure they receive "value for money" in the delivery of our services. As a result we take pride in having achieved long-term relationships with both our corporate and private clients.

Our clients include:

  • Allianz
  • QBE
  • Private clients
  • Corporations

We also act for iCare on project claims for our insurance clients and act for individuals who have personal injury claims where such claims do not conflict with the interests of our corporate clients.

Stiles Lawyers Company Profile

Our Team

Michael Stiles
Michael Stiles
Director
Qualifications
  • Diploma in Law – Solicitors Admission Board.
  • Concepts of Management and Financial Management – University of New England.
  • Accredited Specialist, Personal Injury Law – Law Society of NSW.
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in 1980.
Summary of expertise
  • Over 33 years experience in personal injury litigation.
  • Specialist in Section 151Z recovery matters for insurers and involved in a number of significant authorities in that area including:
    • Kurnell Passenger & Transport Service Pty Limited v Randwick City Council [2009] NSWCA 59 (Medical evidence in s.151Z recoveries).
    • Turner v George Weston Foods Ltd trading as Tip Top Bakeries (Newcastle) [2007] NSWCA 67 (Assessment of damages).
    • Marien v H J Heinz Company Australia Limited [2013] NSWCA 396 (No reduction in recovery for injured workers contributory negligence).
    • Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club Ltd v Marnies 2010/117855 NSWDC 2.2.11 (Rehabilitation expenses).
    • Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council v The Coast Golf & Recreational Club Limited [2012] NSWDC 121 (Interest).
  • Experienced advocate in contested hearings in civil and criminal matters in the Workers Compensation Commission, Local and District Courts, the Industrial Relations Commission, the Chief Industrial Magistrates Court, the Racing Appeals Tribunal and the Coroner's Court.
  • Extensive experience in mediations, informal settlement conferences and tripartite settlement conferences on personal injury claims of all types.
  • Specialist in WH&S advice and prosecutions.
  • Has acted for various workers compensation insurers including Xchanging, Allianz Australia Workers Compensation, and QBE Workers Compensation.
  • Presenter at Accredited Specialist Personal Injury Conferences and Australian Plaintiff Lawyers conferences on personal injury claims on Section 151Z Workers Compensation Act 1987.
Dan Stiles
Daniel Stiles
Director
Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Laws – University of Technology, Sydney.
  • Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice – University of Technology, Sydney.
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia in 2011.
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in 2005.
Summary of expertise
  • Over 12 years experience working in Defendant/Respondent workers compensation firms.
  • Experience in appearing as an advocate in the Workers Compensation Commission, Local Court, District Court and Supreme Court.
  • Experience in participating in mediations and informal settlement conferences.
  • Has acted for various workers compensation insurers including Xchanging, Allianz Australia Workers Compensation, QBE Workers Compensation, Gallagher Bassett and GIO
  • Has previously acted on behalf of a number of SICorp member agencies including the Department of Education and Communities and NSW Health Services.
  • Daniel is a lecturer in the law faculty, University of Technology, Sydney
Joy McIntyre
Joy McIntyre
Associate
Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Economics – Australian National University.
  • Bachelor of Laws – Australian National University (Honours).
  • Master of Laws – Sydney University.
  • Accredited Specialist, Personal Injury Law – Law Society of NSW.
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in 1980 and the High Court of Australia in 1981.
Summary of expertise
  • Over 33 years experience in personal injury litigation.
  • Experience in appearing as an advocate in the Workers Compensation Commission, and Supreme, District and Local Courts.
  • Experience in participating in mediations, informal settlement conferences and tripartite settlement conferences.
  • Has acted for various workers compensation insurers including Xchanging, Allianz Australia Workers Compensation, and QBE Workers Compensation.
  • Specialist in Section 151Z recovery matters.
  • Previous general litigation experience in motor accident property damage claims for a private insurer, family law disputes, bankruptcy and debt recovery.
Colin Stoten
Colin Stoten
Consultant
Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Laws - University of Sydney.
  • Bachelor of Arts – University of Sydney.
  • Graduate Diploma - Financial Planning Securities Institute.
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in 1981.
Summary of expertise
  • Partner Turner Whelan Solicitors 1989-2009.
  • CARS Assessor for Motor Accidents Authority since 2003.
  • Consultant to QBE Australia on CTP claims since 2011.
  • Colin has practiced in a wide variety of personal injury work since 1981 with initial particular emphasis on motor vehicle claims but also experience in public liability claims (for Public Works Department and Mercantile Mutual Insurance), medical negligence, and workers compensation, for claimants and insurers.
  • Colin was a panel solicitor for GIO (later Suncorp) between 1988 and 2008, NZI in the 1990’s before the NRMA merger, and worked in house for GIO CTP claims in 2004 and 2005.
  • Colin has also successfully taken a claim (for a quadriplegic plaintiff) to the full bench of the High Court and had the law of negligence changed in Australia. (Imbree v McNeilly [2008] HCA 40).
  • As well as being a regular presenter of seminar papers at State Legal Conferences, Colin was selected by the MAA to address the Parliamentary Standing Committee at public hearings into the Motor Accidents Scheme in 2009.