Jason is the director in the Stacks Port Macquarie office, where he has worked since 1996. Prior to joining Stacks, Jason worked as a clerk for a barrister’s chambers.
Jason has over 25 years of legal experience. In addition to his formal legal qualifications, he undertook mediation and negotiation training at Harvard University.
Jason’s clients appreciate his understanding and empathetic approach, and his efforts to make sure that they understand each step in the legal process. He is a knowledgeable and down-to-earth lawyer who takes the time to really listen to his clients.
Jason specialises in compensation law, particularly in workers compensation, as well as conducting some family law matters. He enjoys working in this area of law, as he finds it satisfying to assist his clients in obtaining positive outcomes that will make a big difference to their lives.
As an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law, Jason has conducted numerous work accident matters. He has an excellent knowledge of practice and procedure running cases through the Workers Compensation Commission.
Some significant cases that Jason has worked on include Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited v Mercer, which looked at the meaning of “substantial contributing factor” under section 9A of the Workers Compensation Act; Muras v Department of Defence, which examined the interpretation of clinical notes as a notice of injury; and QBE v Smith, which looked at the definition of whether injury in section 3 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act was the result of or caused during the driving of the vehicle.
Other more recent cases include Workpac v Thearle, that looked at the application of 2012 amendments to nervous shock claims for family members, and State Super Financial Services v McCoy, which examined the interpretation of the meaning of real and substantial connection under journey claims in section 10(3A) of the Workers Compensation Act.
Jason also has some experience with international law, successfully settling a work accident matter for a resident of Florida who was injured while working in Australia.
When not working, Jason enjoys spending time with his family. He likes to be involved in his local community and previously coached junior cricket and basketball. He also previously served as the President of the Port Macquarie Junior Cricket Club, the Secretary of the Hastings Junior Cricket association and a committee member for junior surf lifesaving.