Accident Law staff are a large team of some of Queensland’s best legal professionals that care for you throughout the entire duration of your claim.
From the time of the accident, through rehabilitation, and onward towards your recovery, Accident Law staff and our Lawyers will guide you to achieve a successful outcome for your claim. Accident Law staff have been helping clients like you since 1983 across Brisbane, the Gold Coast and all of Queensland, and we know communication with you is key.
That’s why your Lawyer keeps in touch with you regularly. In addition, other Accident Law staff are on hand and will also speak with you regularly, helping get you back to being you – fast. Find out more about Accident Law or read more about our staff below.
Gerard Murphy | Director
Gerard Murphy is one of our Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialists in Personal Injuries. He was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in December 1985, and since then has worked both internationally and in Queensland for many years. Earlier in his career, Gerard represented major insurance companies such as Zurich, QBE and Prudential in the defense of accident claims.
Ranald McCowan | Director
Originally starting McCowans Specialist Lawyers in 1983, Ranald and the Accident Law staff and partners have grown the business into one of Queensland’s most successful and respected specialist accident law firms today. Many of the staff have been a big part of the evolution of the firm, with many here for ten years or more, and also choosing to return to the firm after starting a family. A great environment for staff has led to a great experience and over three decades of knowledge, insights and legal experience for the benefit of our clients.
With his direction, The Personal Injury Lawyers and now Accident Law has consistently been rated by defendant insurers and their lawyers as one of the toughest and best plaintiff personal compensation law firms to deal with. Ranald’s ethos, that the firm must never settle any claim for less than it is worth, and that we don’t generate income unless your claim does, has been one of the core driving principles of the practice.
Karen Gibbs | New Client Manager
Working in the legal industry for over 40 years, Karen is our ‘New Client Manager’ and an absolute organisation powerhouse for both The Personal Injury Lawyers and Accident Law. Karen plays an integral role to ensure you feel at home with us, and ensuring that your claim is processed smoothly with the support of other Accident Law staff.
With so much experience with clients, she knows all too well the stress and emotion an accident can be. As one of the driving forces behind many of our systems and process, Karen will make sure we get your claim underway and completed as easily, quickly and efficiently as possible.
Prudence Prescott | Senior Lawyer
(LL.B., B.A., GradDip LP)
With us for over 10 years, Prue has dealt with some of our most complex, challenging and unusual claims, many of our which require detailed research and analysis. Having also studied Linguistics at University, and being an excellent writer in her spare time, (as well as also writing articles for our web sites), Prue’s passion lies in the research, writing and gathering of information, and using that to effect positive change and help client’s lives for the better.
You’ll find her tucked up at night researching a case file or reading a Stephen King novel.
Greg Lauritsen-Damm | Senior Lawyer
(L.L.B, BComm, GradDip LP Accredited Specialist – Personal. Injury– QLD)
One of our Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialists in Personal Injuries, Greg has been a partner in previous law firms before joining us. With many years of extensive experience, Greg knows exactly how to help you, and help you achieve a successful claim.
A family man who loves the outdoors, you’ll be his best friend if you love Rugby Union.
Tim Cooper | Lawyer
With us for the last six years, Tim has built up over a decade of firsthand experience working on accident compensation claims, Work accident, and public liability claims with clients. Outside of work, sport is Tim’s other passion, supporting both the Richmond Tigers and the Bayern Munich soccer team.
Vaughan Jackson | Lawyer
Vaughan started his career as a Lawyer nearly two decades ago in Brisbane. He has acted for insurance companies, as well as for those injured in accidents. This brings a unique perspective to your claims process. He therefore has an excellent insight into the approach and thought patterns adopted by the insurers when managing claims.
This makes Vaughan one of the most valuable members of our Accident Law staff. When he is not managing his busy workload, you’ll find Vaughan running, doing the odd triathlon, or swimming.
Erin McLeod | Lawyer
(LL.B GradDip LP)
Working with us for over a decade, Erin has been only ever worked in compensation claims and accident law. She is one of our fastest rising and brightest stars in the Accident Law staff lineup.
Erin’s busy caseload of claims is balanced outside of work by her three dogs which keep her equally busy.
Allison Millson | Law Clerk
Another long term Accident Law staff member with tons of experience, Allison has been with us for over two decades. She is known to go ‘to the ends of the earth’ to research for your claims. Allison’s primary focus is on motor vehicle accident claims and there is not much she has not won claims for.
Allison keeps her busy work day balanced with her other busy life as a mother to two young girls.
Angela Symons | Law Clerk
Bachelor of Laws (LL.BP)
With our firm for almost ten years, Angela has extensive knowledge in Motor Vehicle accidents, Workers Compensation and Public Liability claims. She also possesses experience with the more complex nervous shock and medical negligence claims.
Angela is also responsible for mentoring and training our support staff on the firms procedures and the claim process. Angela has recently graduated from her Bachelor of Laws after 8 years of study. She is currently undertaking her Graduate Diploma in Law (Practical Legal Training).
Carrisa Myers | Law Clerk
Carrisa has over 10 years of legal experience and has been employed with the firm since 2013. She has experience working in all areas of accident law, including workers’ compensation, public liability and in particular, motor vehicle accidents.
It’s not just car and motor vehicle claims, she can help should you need assistance with motorbike or truck compensation claims too. You’ll also find her assisting with the development of our procedures and precedents, vital tools that help us speed up your claim.
In her spare time, Carrisa spends her weekends at the beach and enjoys camping and yoga.
Debbie Pollard – Practice Manager
Debbie is our Practice Manager and the firm’s second ever to be employed over three decades ago. There is not much Debbie has not been involved in or experienced. Her knowledge in business management of compensation accident claims has ensured customers keep coming back.
Managing a no win no fee practice has its challenges, so Debbie has worked especially hard to ensure processes are in place so that customers get both excellent service and the most for their claims.