Ballarat personal injury lawyer Dan McGlade recently marked 25 years as a Law Institute of Victoria accredited specialist.
In 1993 McGlade was in the first group of lawyers in the state to be accredited as a specialist in personal injury law. The purpose of the specialist accreditation program is to enable the public to identify lawyers with experience and expertise in their area of law.
Accredited specialists are recognised by the legal profession as experts in their field and must have at least five years' experience in their area of work and pass a stringent examination and assessment process.
In his 25 years working as an accredited specialist in Ballarat, McGlade has represented clients with workplace and transport accident injuries, and asbestos compensation claims. "It has been a privilege acting for injured plaintiffs and assisting them through our legal system," he said.
McGlade is a consultant and personal injury law specialist with Stringer Clark Lawyers in Ballarat. Stringer Clark has offices across Western Victoria, including Warrnambool, Hamilton, Portland, Colac, Horsham and Ararat.
In the Stringer Clark Ballarat office, McGlade works with Kellie Knowles, a former Supreme Court judge's associate and brings her court experience to the practice. Knowles is also a personal injury lawyer and assists clients with WorkCover, TAC and public liability claims.
McGlade has enjoyed a varied career having worked as a principal lawyer and practice leader with national law firms, as well as for a time in his own firm. He is a recognised leader amongst plaintiff lawyers and has been a speaker at both state and national conferences of the Australian Lawyers Alliance, a plaintiff lawyers group.
"The greatest challenge over 25 years has been keeping abreast of the changes affecting all areas of personal injury law," McGlade said. "However, as an accredited specialist the need to undertake additional continuing professional development ensures you stay across and ahead of the trends and changes in the law."
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