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Carl Hughes

LLB, BEcon, BA(French)

Special Counsel - Brisbane

Areas of Expertise

Workplace Relations & Safety


Carl specialises in advising clients in relation to a broad range of injury settings including statutory, pre-court and court phases of litigation.

His experience with the WorkCover Queensland scheme has created a well-versed knowledge of all stages of the WorkCover process including statutory claims (Reviews and Appeals), as well as common law damages claims.

This includes providing advice to clients in relation to the Queensland Compulsory Third Party scheme and Public Liability claims pursuant to the Personal Injuries Proceedings Act.

In addition, Carl’s expertise in damages claims includes product liability claims, medical negligence claims, dependency claims (under all schemes) as well as superannuation claims accessing TPD lump sums

Carl’s background has been heavily plaintiff orientated which has created an in depth knowledge of injury claims.


Carl’s experience includes the following:

  • managing and running numerous claims each year made across all personal injury schemes in Queensland, including pre-court rights to rehabilitation and lump sum compensation, managing and running pre court settlement conferences and mediations, as well as advising on prospects of success and quantum in the litigation phases of all injury schemes
  • running numerous ‘no win no fee’ claims each year under all forms of Queensland Personal Injury legislation
  • advising clients in relation to the extension of limitation periods across all injury schemes in Queensland, in particular Compulsory Third Party, WorkCover, medical negligence, and public liability matters
  • instructing counsel at both pre-court and court settlement conferences and mediations, in all spheres of injury claim litigation.
  • advising on complex dust injury claims across Jurisdictions, and advising on reviews and appeals relating to dust claims relevant to the Workers Compensation Legislation
  • instructing counsel on the following matters which were ultimately successful in the Queensland Court of Appeal – Meechan v Savco Earthmoving Pty Ltd [2021] QCA 264 & Kumar v Ernst [2021] QCA 260.