Nick Blayney commenced his legal career as an Articled Clerk with the firm in 2008.  He was admitted to practice in 2009, promoted to Senior Associate in 2012 before being promoted to Partner in 2017.  His practice is in insurance litigation and workplace injury.  He acts for WorkSafe and its insurance agents.

Nick has a broad practice in insurance litigation with considerable experience advising clients in relation to statutory benefits and common law claims in negligence. He has particular expertise acting for clients in litigation arising from workplace fatalities, judicial review proceedings and industrial exposure claims.

He has acted for clients in all levels of the Victorian Courts including the Court of Appeal, as well as the High Court of Australia.  He also has considerable experience conducting high volume and often challenging litigation in Victorian circuit courts.

Nick is renowned for his ability to deliver excellent outcomes for his clients.  His key strengths include his capacity for high-level legal analysis, his efficient work practices and his ability to distil complex issues into succinct and practical advice.

Nick is recognised in the Doyle’s Guide as a preeminent (2020) and leading lawyer (2018 – 2019, 2021) in Victoria in the area of Workers Compensation (Defendant) and as recommended lawyer in area of Dust Diseases (Defendant) (2018). Nick has recently been recognised by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in Australia (2020 – 2022) in the area of Personal Injury Litigation.

Nick spends significant time mentoring junior staff and is known for his inclusive and supportive approach. He enjoys collaborating with his peers and developing junior legal staff.

Nick Blayney’s recent experience includes:

  • Advising clients in relation to highly complicated and sensitive claims involving alleged workplace death, including claims involving suicide, asbestos-related death, cancer, heart attack and stroke injuries.
  • Representing the Victorian WorkCover Authority and managing litigation issued out of Circuit Courts, including Ballarat and Warrnambool.
  • Frequently acting on behalf of defendants in complex common law trials involving multiple parties and large quantum levels.