Ash 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.
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)
- Is this now the leading case decision concerning Section 3C of the WA MV (TPI) Act 1943?
- Arbitrator’s Decision WorkCover WA – Preference of One Medical Opinion Over Another
- Interaction between Section 60 and Section 61 in the WA Workers Compensation Scheme – Appeal to District Court and then to Court of Appeal, WA Supreme Court
- Appeals from WorkCover WA to District Court of WA – What is a Question of Law?
- WA Worker Attends Work Out of Usual Work Hours Not to Undertake Normal Duties but to Complete a Form and is Injured – is the Injury Compensable? Appeal to WA District Court
- 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