Scott Hay

Scott specialises in public liability, dust diseases and workplace claims.

Scott assists clients in a broad range of industries including energy and resources, manufacturing, property management, transport, agribusiness, local government and insurance.

Scott has been practising as a litigator for insurers and self insurers for more than 20 years.

Scott has been “Lawyer of the Year” for Personal Injury Litigation in Best Lawyers™ Australia as well as being recognised as ‘Pre-eminant’ in Doyle’s Guide 2018 in acting for defendants in his public liability practice.


Scott’s recent experience includes:

  • Large mineral and resources company: Acting for a large mineral and resources company, for more than a decade, in relation to dust diseases claims. In that time he has been involved in a number of landmark cases, including Schultz, which established the principles of cross-vesting;
  • Large manager of commercial premises: Acting for a large manager of commercial premises in its public liability claims in New South Wales. He has been successful in a number of matters including Elphick where the New South Wales Court of Appeal held that the company’s services contract effected a complete delegation of responsibilities to its contractor, with the result that it was not liable for the manner in which contractors devised and executed systems of work;
  • Large steelmaking company: Acting for a large steelmaking company in relation to its dust diseases liabilities. Since his appointment in 2010 the company has reduced its contributions to claims and legal costs considerably; and
  • Commonwealth Steel (2018): Successful representation in the NSW Court of Appeal on the decision on the relevance of ‘ancillary’ evidence in disputes concerning the interpretation of policies of insurance drafted 45 years earlier.

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