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LEVEL 22, NO.1 MARTIN PLACE, SYDNEY, NSW 2000, AUSTRALIA
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DLA Piper, James Berg, Sydney, AUSTRALIA

James Berg

Tel:
Work +61 2 9286 8193
Email:
DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

Litigation & Regulatory

Position

James has extensive experience in commercial and insurance disputes, both litigated and unlitigated. The main focus of his practice is defending professionals including valuers, financial planners, architects and real estate agents. These disputes invariably require detailed advice on difficult and complex policy issues and thereafter advice on to both insurer and professional organisation as to how best defend claims. In addition, James has a practice which covers a very broad range of subject matter, from economic loss claims consequent upon fires or damage to livestock, to property damage. James's practice involves litigated matters in the Federal Court of Australia but primarily in state courts from the Supreme Court to the Local Court. James also advises clients on risk management issues including the implications of insurance and indemnity clauses in commercial contracts; disclaimer clauses and qualifications in expert opinions. Prior to joining the firm, James worked for a number of years in a smaller insurance-based firm and spent a period of time in London, working for a medium sized firm, specialising in insurance litigation. Please refer to link for details of expertise and experience: http://www.dlapiper.com/james_berg/.

Career

Admissions Supreme Court of New South Wales, 1994.

Member

Australian Insurance Law Association; Law Society of New South Wales.

Education

Master of Laws, University of New South Wales, 2001; Diploma of Law, Solicitors Admissions Board, 1994.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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