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Vidal Hockless

BJuris, LLB
Insurance & Risk, Employment & Workplace Safety

T: +61 8 9321 3755


Commencement Date:
Bachelor of Jurisprudence, University of Western Australia (1976)
Admission Details:
Supreme Court of Western Australia (1977) High Court of Australia (1988)

Vidal has been a partner at Kott Gunning since 1985 and served as managing partner between 1997 and 2005.

Since 1985, Vidal has been either partner in charge or a senior member of the firm’s damages litigation, insurance and/or employment law and OSH teams.  Most recently, however, Vidal’s practice has been primarily in the area of casualty/liability insurance, employers’ indemnity and workers’ compensation.

As a senior member of our team, much of Vidal’s work involves supervision, coaching, client and in-house training, consulting and collaboration.  However, his practice has always been and continues to be very “hands on” with a high level of personal involvement in individual matters.

Services regularly provided by Vidal include:

  • drafting advice and legal opinions;
  • appearing as counsel;
  • advising on indemnity and policy wording;
  • advising on strategic claims management issues.

His clients include insurers, brokers, overseas underwriters, TPAs, local authorities, public and private companies and local businesses.  Vidal is also a panel lawyer for the Law Society of WA, was retained to advise on the Western Australian Limitation of Liability Scheme and in relation to Law Mutual professional indemnity cover issues.

Vidal strongly supports a practice culture of fostering a closer person to person engagement with clients at all levels.  This applies particularly to insurers and other large corporates where there is a risk of time, distance and the effects of corporate anonymity diminishing the quality of the personal connection and hence the relationship.

Vidal’s industry affiliations include NIBA, AILA, Law Council of Australia, and the Law Society of WA of which he is a long-standing member of the Personal Injuries Committee.

Vidal is recognised in Doyles Guide as follows – Leading Workers Compensation Lawyers (Defendant) – Western Australia, 2016 (Leading)

Memberships and Affiliations:
  • Law Society of Western Australia
  • Australian Insurance Law Association of Australia
  • Law Council of Australia
  • NIBA
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