IAN ROCHE of the Firm has been approved as a Legal Service Provider to the Workcover Independent Review Office (WIRO).
WIRO has established a new system to deal with the amendment recently made to the workers compensation legislation which changed the way in which legal costs would be provided for under the act. Previously proper legal costs were paid by the particular insurance company in the dispute with the worker. As a result of the amendments made there is now no power in the commission to make any award of costs. This means that all workers will have to pay their own costs.