Paul Stockley was admitted as a solicitor, attorney and proctor of the Supreme Court of NSW in July 1984, practicing thereafter in Sydney as a solicitor in the firm of Curwood & Derkenne, later Curwood & Partners until January 1990. The core work was insurance litigation over a range of insurance classes, including public liability, industrial special risks, householders, motor vehicle and workers compensation.
In February 1990 he was admitted as a barrister in NSW and has practiced in chambers at the private bar ever since. At the time the NSW bar was a referral bar, accepting briefs only through the intermediary of a solicitor.
Generally, he does not accept direct access briefs from clients, as the work that Paul does almost invariably requires the specialist input of a solicitor.
Paul’s areas of practice at the bar have generally continued in respect of insurance related litigation, particularly in the personal injuries field. Whereas his work as a solicitor was almost exclusively on behalf of (usually defendant) insurers, more than half of his work at the bar has been on behalf plaintiffs.
William Deane Chambers has the services of a very experienced clerk, Megan Robinson who maintains Paul Stockley’s diary and can answer questions about his availability and areas of practice.