Compensation law

We're one of Australia's most experienced compensation law firms, having practised in workers' compensation for over 50 years. We are industry leaders with diverse and adaptive lawyers.

Our Compensation Law Team has a well-established reputation for understanding and successfully resolving the legal complexities involved in workers' compensation law and associated insurance claims under State and Commonwealth schemes. We're a strong, stable and committed team with a depth of experience and expertise. Our communication and engagement with stakeholders enables our lawyers to achieve best outcomes, early. We always approach matters in a strategic, pragmatic and collaborative manner, as our team understands the importance of managing reputational risk for our clients.

Our enviable reputation in the market has led to our team being the most recognised panel firm in the history of the WorkSafe Victoria Awards, having won three legal practitioner scholarship awards, three consecutive innovation awards and an award for outstanding legal and practice management support.

We take a sensible approach to litigation which is best exemplified by the comments of Judge Bowman, County Court of Victoria (February 2015):

“Lander & Rogers is a firm which has consistently displayed an extremely high level of courtesy, cooperation and competence… Some cases have had to be fought and they have been fought thoroughly but expeditiously… Rarely, if ever, have I asked myself about a Landers’ case ‘why on earth hasn’t this case settled?’ In other words, Lander & Rogers fought the right cases…”.

Customised reporting and file management workflows

Our technology focus enables us to work with our clients to provide solutions that address their needs in a timely manner. Our sophisticated portals and document management systems enable our lawyers to be connected with our clients and provide updated information to them, no matter where they are in the world.

Our services include:

  • 24-hour remote digital access to all claim documentation
  • customised, real-time reporting and case tracking
  • complete transparency in relation to our legal work and tracking against KPIs
  • remote access for clients to audit their files
  • co-designed solutions and processes through our iHub

Commonwealth compensation

Our Commonwealth compensation lawyers have deep knowledge of the Comcare Scheme and manage both disputed and litigated claims. We have strong relationships with large Comcare licensees including NAB, Wilson Security and Medibank. We provide our clients with a sensitive, rapid claim and litigation response that balances reputational and financial safeguards. Our services and expertise also include:

  • a strong Eastern seaboard presence with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane that allows us to service clients Australia-wide
  • cost-effective claims resolution strategies
  • systems and policy reviews
  • precedent and claims decision drafting
  • claim file reviews and individual case conferencing
  • strong relationships with the Scheme's stakeholders such as the AAT, agents and applicant firms


Our team has extensive experience representing self-insurer clients. We believe that successful self-insurer advice balances regulatory compliance with commercial goals. This requires proven legal expertise, good business judgment, smart processes and innovative reporting. Our goal has always been to understand a self-insurer's business and to find effective solutions.

We have strong relationships with all stakeholders, including Agents, and regularly conduct seminars and training on issues that impact on a self-insurer's business. Our communication and engagement with stakeholders is exemplary and informs how we conduct ourselves and deliver results. We maintain strong partnerships with large self-insurers including Wesfarmers, Coles Group Limited, Ford Motor Company of Australia Ltd, Municipal Association of Victoria, Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Limited, University of Melbourne and Philip Morris.

One of our clients had the following to say about our self-insurer practice:

"From the beginning of our partnership, I would like to commend the professional and expert Partner, Diane Sahely, and Senior Associate, Nicola Mooney, for the outstanding work that they have provided to me (personally) and to the organisation. Diane and Nicola provide a wealth of knowledge on the subject matter and no case is ever too hard to overcome. My dealings with both have been nothing but friendly, courteous and extremely professional in every sense. I congratulate Lander & Rogers for having quality assets in both Diane and Nicola, and I look forward to further collaboration with Lander & Rogers in the near future."

Dust diseases and asbestos

Dust-related diseases are debilitating conditions which present their own unique challenges. Most claims are related to asbestos exposure or in more recent times, silica exposure. Often the conditions are terminal and as a result the litigation is subject to an abbreviated procedural timetable and speedy hearing. These types of claims require an experienced team, familiar with the medical, investigative and legal issues that arise. We are able to achieve an appropriate outcome within a shortened timeframe whilst managing the reputational risks which invariably accompanies these sensitive claims.

Our compensation team has more than 25 years' experience in dust diseases and toxic tort claims, regularly acting for compensation insurers and self-insurers under the different legislative regimes which govern the claims, as well as State and semi-government authorities. Our team are regularly acknowledged by industry peers as leaders in this area.