Scott Chapman

Scott was the Executive Chairman of TressCox Lawyers for over 4 years.  Scott has over 27 years’ experience in Health Law, advising a number of major health institutions, in particular the Australian Medical Association (NSW) Limited, Avant Mutual Group Ltd, MDA National Insurance Pty Ltd, MIGA, London Insurers and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and a range of specialist Medical Associations.

Scott’s expertise and experience includes negotiations with government health departments, professional conduct and administrative law matters including HCCC and AHPRA investigations, risk management, business structures and governance, corporatisation of medical practices and advising clients with respect to legislative interpretation and amendment, Coronial Inquests, Medicare investigations, policy advice, and corporate and commercial advice.

Scott also advises clients in relation to Hospital based investigations including issues relating to bullying and harassment, clinical privileges, systems issues and employment disputes including VMO disputes and accreditation.

Scott has been named in Best Lawyers™ Australia for Health & Aged Care. In 2013 he was also selected as Lawyer of the Year for Health & Aged Care – Sydney.


Scott’s experience includes advising:

  • Being actively involved in the drafting of significant amendments to the Medical Practice Act, the Health Care Complaints Act, the Health Administration Act and the Health Services Act following the recommendations of the Walker Special Commission of Inquiry and subsequent legislative reviews;
  • Medical Associations in relation to, and drafting, Constitutional amendments to give effect to changes in structure,obtaining Authorisations for collective bargaining on behalf of medical practitioners; appearing before Special Commissions of Inquiry and Parliamentary Inquiries; advising on health policy and legislative reforms in the health industry;
  • Health professionals during Health Care Complaints Commission investigations, and before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and Professional Standards Committee hearings. Advising and appearing for practitioners at hearings before the Medical Council of NSW and the Dental Council of NSW and other statutory bodies; and
  • Medical practices and individuals in relation to the engagement of staff as employees or contractors, drafting contracts, transfers of business and negotiating terms. Advising in relation to Privacy, records and related issues.

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