Areas of Expertise

Superannuation, Insurance, Funds Management, Financial Services, Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Stanley specialises in superannuation, life and general insurance, managed funds, financial planning and financial services regulation. His expertise in these areas is founded on previous roles as in-house counsel at St George Bank, Vero Insurance, ING Australia and GE Money.

A substantial part of Stanley's work is for the trustees of large APRA-regulated superannuation funds. This includes advising on issues under the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (Cth) and the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), as well as advising and acting for superannuation trustees in relation to disability and death benefit claims (both litigated and unlitigated) and complaints. He has very significant experience in drafting submissions to the Australian Financial Complaints Authority.

Stanley has also worked very extensively in the area of financial services regulation since the commencement of the current Chapter 7 of the Corporations Act in 2002. This includes Australian financial services licensing work for both onshore and offshore entities and advising on ongoing compliance.

Stanley is a prolific author on superannuation, insurance and other financial services topics, with articles frequently appearing in the LexisNexis Superannuation Law Bulletin, the Insurance Law Bulletin and the Insurance Law Journal. Since 2014 he has been the principal author of Thomson Geer's quarterly Superannuation Case Law Update. He is a co-author of Thomson Reuters Mann's Annotated Insurance Contracts Act and Mann's Annotated Insurance Law. He is a frequent speaker at seminars and webinars convened by the Australlian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), The Tax Institute (TTI) and the Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA).

What others say

"Leading Lawyer – Australia, Insurance Law"
Best Lawyers Peer Review 2014 – 2024
"Leading individual, Pensions & Benefits"
Who's Who Legal 2015 – 2023

Experience

Superannuation death benefit

Acting for a superannuation trustee in an appeal to the Federal Court regarding the manner of distribution of a superannuation death benefit.

Disability discrimination complaints

Acting for a superannuation trustee in disability discrimination complaints to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Mistaken superannuation contributions

Acting for a superannuation trustee in circumstances where an employer had made mistaken superannuation contributions of approximately $85,000.

Offset clauses

Advising a superannuation trustee about the enforceability of offset clauses in life insurance policies.

Arranging arbitrations

Arranging arbitrations to resolve "on risk" disputes between two life insurance companies.

Misappropriated funds

Acting for a superannuation trustee in circumstances where approximately $100,000 of misappropriated funds had been deposited into a member's account.