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Scott Hall-Johnston

PARTNER | Accredited Specialist Personal Injury Law (NSW)


Scott is an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law with 30 years’ experience in all aspects of that field.  His experience includes motor vehicle accidents, public and product liability, workers compensation and medical negligence.

Scott practices in every jurisdiction relevant to personal injury law in New South Wales and has extensive knowledge of the law and practicalities involved in litigation.

Scott brings a pragmatic approach to all personal injury matters.  His clients receive clear, concise and strategically focused advice.

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Australian Lawyers Alliance
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Motor Accident Authority Committee for Catastrophically Injured Children
  • New South Wales Rugby Union Judicial Officer
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Solicitor of the High Court of Australia
  • Surf Lifesaving Association of Australia

A Word From Scott

Each claim is unique with its own set of facts and circumstances.  I provide practical advice, strategy and direction in an empathetic and supportive manner.  I provide realistic advice so you can expect that the outcome will accord with the advice that I have offered.  This approach is recognised by the many client referrals I have received from solicitors against whom I have acted.

Cases of Interest

  • Hunt -v- Knight Frank (NSW) Pty Ltd & 2 Ors [2005] NSWCA 139

Inferences – whether the court was able to infer that the occupier was responsible for the position of a crate that caused injury, even though there was no direct evidence about who left the crate in a dangerous position.

Breach – whether reasonably foreseeable that a person exiting a lift would trip over a crate placed immediately in front of the door.

  • Smalley -v- Motor Accident Authority of NSW [2013] NSWCA 318

Whether a subsequent admission of fault supersedes a deemed denial of liability?  Should a claim be exempt from assessment because of a deemed denial of liability?

  • Glen Andrew Joseph Hickson -v- Goodman Fielder Limited [2019] HCA 11

If a damages claim is settled, the refund of the workers compensation insurer should be reduced if the Plaintiff was guilty of contributory negligence.

  • Dokoza -v- Stadkite Pty Ltd [1997] NSWLR at 544

Whether a deemed worker pursuant to Section 20 of the Workers Compensation Act 1987 is an employee of the principal for the purposes of a claim for damages

Specific Areas of Focus

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Workers Compensation
  • Public Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Dust Diseases
  • Medical Negligence

Professional Qualifications

  • 1992 Diploma in Law – Solicitors Admission Board
  • 1992 Admitted in Supreme Court of NSW
  • 2004 Admitted in High Court of Australia

If you think you have a claim that you would like Scott to handle, please call us on 02 8280 6900 or contact us online.

Industry Awards

Doyles Guide

  • Preeminent Lawyer – Leading Work Injury Compensation Lawyers (Plaintiff) – New South Wales, 2023, 2022 & 2021.
  • Preeminent Lawyer – Leading Motor Vehicle Accident Compensation Lawyers (Plaintiff) – New South Wales, 2023, 2022 & 2021.
  • Preeminent Lawyer – Leading Public Liability Compensation Lawyers (Plaintiff) – New South Wales, 2023, 2022 & Leading Lawyer in 2021.

Best Lawyers

Recognised for Personal Injury Litigation & Product Liability Litigation since 2020.

Best Lawyers 2024 - Scott Hall-Johnston

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