Legal & Insurance

Our senior staff have worked closely with insurance clients since the late 1990s.

We are one of Australia’s leading providers of site-specific hydrologic advice to the insurance industry and have prepared reports on stormwater and flood behaviour at more than 5,000 individual properties following major storm events in all Australian states and territories. We have also advised insurers on the cause of damage to major infrastructure, including mines, railways and pipelines. We deliver prompt and accurate assessments that stand up to peer and court review.

The expertise of our principals is often called upon to provide advice on flood, stormwater and water quality issues in legal disputes. We regularly provide advice to the courts, including preparation of joint expert reports and appearance as expert witnesses.

Case studies

Site of the proposed Wandoan Coal Project

Wandoan Coal Project

Expert evidence regarding surface water management

Expert witness in the Queensland Land Court

Port Pacific Estate

Port Pacific Estate

Review of flooding and drainage data

Expert opinion on matters relating to flood investigations, development, and flood mitigation

Aerial view of Brisbane River and inner western suburbs in flood in January 2011

Queensland Flood Commission of Inquiry

The QFCoI was set up in the wake of the 2010/2011 floods

WRM provided expert advice to the Commission

Ipswich Motorway Upgrade

Expert opinion and detailed modelling following damage to abutments

Modelling allowed accurate assessment of hydraulic designs and flood impacts

Flooding in Ipswich, Queensland in 2011

Regional and Site Specific Assessment of Flood Behaviour

Assessment of the cause of inundation for residential, commercial, industrial and mining property and infrastructure

WRM has provided advice on virtually every flood in Australia in the last 10 years

Other projects

Wandoan Coal Project EIS Surface Water Studies

Wandoan, Queensland

Independent expert peer review of the hydrologic and hydraulic modelling, creek diversion and surface water management studies undertaken to determine the flood and surface water impacts of the proposed Wandoan Coal Project.

Xstrata Coal

JV Property Syndicates Pty Ltd v Connor O’Meara

Supreme Court, Queensland

Review of technical studies and preparation of expert evidence on alternative options for stormwater drainage design for a residential development site in Rockhampton.

Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers

Pacific Paradise Urban Development

Expert representation for Maroochy Shire Council.

Mediation with a developer regarding stormwater quality and flooding impacts of a proposed urban development. Related to an appeal in the Land and Environment Court.

Maroochy Shire Council

Cooroy Residential Development

Appearance as an Expert Witness in the Land and Environment Court.

Regarding the impact on catchment drinking water quality of a proposed 75 lot residential and motel development in Cooroy, located in a drinking water catchment.

Noosa Shire Council