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Damien van Brunschot

Regional Managing Partner - Australasia // Managing Partner Australia // Partner , Brisbane

Damien is the Managing Director of DWF in Australia. He is based in our Brisbane office and oversees the Australian operation across all sites. Damien is also a Principal Lawyer with over 20 years' experience in insurance law and leads DWF's Australian insurance group.
Damien van Brunschot | DWF Australia


As the Managing Director of DWF in Australia, Damien is committed to doing things differently for our people and our clients and to growing the DWF business in Australia. 

In addition to being Managing Director, Damien is a recognised expert in all facets of insurance law. He has developed a niche expertise in latent onset lung disease cases, asbestos litigation and fraud prosecutions. Damien was rated by the Doyle’s Guide as one of two preeminent lawyers in workers’ compensation (Defendant) claims in Queensland.

During his career Damien has acted for a wide array of insurance clients, in personal injury and casualty claims, including WorkCover, self-insurers, public liability insurers and CTP insurers. In addition, Damien is experienced in professional indemnity claims acting for professional indemnity insurers and medical defence funds.

With a Masters of Law specialising in insurance litigation and alternative dispute resolution, Damien is recognised within the insurance industry as a leading Australian lawyer, known to be a skilled litigator and negotiator in catastrophic and sensitive high value claims. Damien adopts a pragmatic and commercial approach to insurance claims, is valued for his attention to detail and his ability to lead his team in driving the best possible client outcomes in the shortest possible timeframe.

Outside of work Damien enjoys running, cycling and watching his two boys play sport.


  • Named as The Best Lawyers 2022 Personal Injury Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" in Brisbane
  • Included in The Best Lawyers Australia for Personal Injury Litigation, Editions: 2021, 2022
  • Included in The Best Lawyers Australia for Insurance Law, Editions: 2021, 2022
  • Included in The Best Lawyers Australia for Litigation, Editions: 2020 - 2022
  • Recommended by Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Compulsory Third Party Insurance Lawyer (Defendant) (Queensland), 2017 - 2020
  • Recommended by Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Public & Product Liability Lawyer (Defendant) (Queensland), 2017 - 2020
  • Recommended by Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Dust Disease Lawyer (Defendant) (Queensland), 2016 - 2020
  • Recommended by Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Workers Compensation & WorkCover Lawyer (Defendant) (Queensland), 2015 - 2020


  • Queensland Law Society
  • Medicolegal Society
  • The Australian Insurance Law Association


UK car maker liable after asbestos killed a worker's wife - Carey v Vauxhall Motors Limited [2019] EWHC 238 (QB). February 2019.

Back to basics – Assaults in the workplace and the importance of having a reliable witness. May 2018.

Defending manual handling cases - Is generic manual handling training ever enough? February 2018.

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