Ashley Crisp

Ash Crisp

BJuris, LLB
Insurance & Risk, Employment & Workplace Safety

Commencement Date:
Bachelor of Jurisprudence, University of Western Australia (1982); Bachelor of Laws, University of Western Australia (1984); Commissioner of Supreme Court of Western Australia for taking Oaths, Declarations and Affidavits (1988).
Admission Details:
Supreme Court of Western Australia (1984), High Court of Australia (1987)
Areas of Expertise:
Insurance Law, Risk, Occupational Health & Safety, Litigation and General Legal Services

Workers Compensation - Leading - 2017Ash is a partner in Kott Gunning’s Insurance and Risk practice group and he is the head of the Insurance group at our firm. He was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1984. From 1987 to 1992 he was the Insurance partner at a medium size Perth law firm.

In April 1992 Ash founded the firm CCS Insurance Law to focus on his area of interest – insurance law advice, dispute resolution and litigation. In 2017 CCS Insurance Law merged to become part of a national firm.

Ash’s experience in insurance law spans 35 years and includes employers’ indemnity,  workers’ compensation, CTP motor vehicle claims and litigation, public and product liability, professional indemnity, property, construction, engineering, contract works and treatment liability.

In 2019, as in previous years, he was named in Doyles Guide of Australian Lawyers as a leading lawyer in his field.

He has worked with numerous national and international insurers, self-insurers, brokers and their clients and has provided advice not only in relation to claims and litigation but also in relation to policy development, WA workers compensation scheme issues, underwriting, state and national projects, the proposal of legislative change and many other issues which have confronted insurers and self-insurers.

His insurance law career has involved acting for clients operating in the construction, mining, oil and gas, retail, industrial, health care, hospitality, manufacturing, professional services, state government and local government sectors.

In 2009 Ash worked on WorkCover WA’s legislative review of the WA Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act. The legislative review resulted in amendments to WA workers’ compensation law which came into effect in October and December 2011.

He regularly appears at WorkCover WA and in the District Court. Ash has appeared as Counsel in the following courts and tribunals: Supreme Court of Western Australia; District Court of Western Australia; Workers’ Compensation Board; Compensation Magistrates Court; Conciliation and Review Directorate; Dispute Resolution Directorate; Commissioners Chambers; and Conciliation and Arbitration Service – WorkCover WA.

Ashley is recognised in Doyles Guide as follows – Leading Workers Compensation Lawyers (Defendant) – Western Australia, 2017 (Leading)


Memberships and Affiliations:
  • Law Society of Western Australia – served on two committees
  • The Australian Insurance Law Association – AILA WA Branch
  • Self Insurers Association WA – member and past honorary lawyer
  • Australia and New Zealand Institute of Insurance
  • Law Council of Australia
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA
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