Stephen J Walsh

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Law
  • Common Law
  • Equity
  • Insurance Law
  • Life Insurance
  • Professional Negligence


  • New South Wales


LLB, BA (Jur)


Date of Admission:

1993: NT (Barrister & Solicitor)

1996: England & Wales (Solicitor)

2007: NSW (Barrister)

Professional Career

Fourteen years at the NSW Bar, during which Stephen has appeared in a range of civil and commercial matters, principally life insurance cases, contractual disputes, professional negligence, occupiers liability and property insurance disputes and taxation recovery matters.

Prior to coming to the bar, Stephen had 14 years of experience as a solicitor/solicitor advocate specialising in general civil and commercial litigation, in particular product liability, professional negligence, building and construction, insurance policy disputes, contractual disputes, pollution/contamination claims, and health and safety prosecutions.

Examples of recent cases

  • Newling v Metlife Insurance Limited [2019] NSWCA 149, MetLife Insurance Limited v MX [2019] NSWCA 228 & MetLife Insurance Limited v Sandstrom [2021] NSWCA 123 (life insurance/ TPD claims)
  • Voitenko v Zurich Australian Insurance Ltd [2019] NSWCA 229 & [2021] NSWSC 1441 (property insurance fraud claim)
  • Thiab v Western Sydney University [2022] NSWSC 760 & Western Sydney University v Thiab [2023] NSWCA 57 (discrimination)
  • Glover v Fuller [2022] ATSC 144 & Glover v Fuller (No 2) [2023] ACTSC 12 (marine insurance injury claim)
  • Chen v Kmart Australia Limited [2022] NSWDC 519 (public liability injury damages claim)
  • Ramsay Surveyors Pty Ltd v Toplace Pty Ltd & Others; Khouri v Toplace Pty Ltd & Others; Khouri v Toplace Pty Ltd & Others [2023] NSWDC 53 & [2023] NSWDC 80 (worsite injury claim)

Publications and presentations

Total & Permanent Disablement Claims Paper