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Ralph Bönig

Ralph Bönig

Special Counsel

Ralph is part of our highly distinguished Insurance team. He specialises in insurance and civil litigation, including professional indemnity, general insurance, medical malpractice and administrative law. His client base is diverse and includes individual professionals as well as large corporations, insurers and the South Australian Government.

Personable and caring, Ralph relates easily with a wide cross section of clients faced with a range of problems. He’s also meticulous and tenacious and fights doggedly to achieve the most effective outcomes for his clients.

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Ralph’s more recent experience includes acting in complex multi-party professional indemnity claims and medico-legal matters, including coronial inquiries as well as public liability and catastrophic personal injury claims. He has also advised and acted for employers and insurers in industrial relations and occupational health and safety matters.

He has acted in many high-profile claims and is acutely aware of the impact they can have on his clients’ character and livelihood. His sympathetic, considered and pragmatic approach aims to protect his clients’ reputation at all times.

Ralph is the immediate past President of the Law Society of South Australia having served as its President from 2010 to 2012.

In 2018, Ralph was the SA Law Society Brian Withers award recipient. The Award, named after His Honour Judge Brian Withers who, prior to his appointment as a Master of the Supreme Court and a Judge of the District Court in November 2004, was very actively involved with Access to Justice issues at both State and Federal levels for some 30 years, was established to recognise a Member of the Law Society who through their involvement with the Society, whether via Council or Committee or in another exceptional way, has provided outstanding service to the Society, its members and the profession, above and beyond the call of duty.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Admitted in High Court in 1982

Expertise

Affiliations

  • Law Society of South Australia (Council Member, Executive Member, past President, past Vice President, past President Elect, past Treasurer) - Member of numerous Committees, Working Groups and Forums
  • Law Council of Australia-past Director and Member of various Working Groups
  • Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA) Member

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15/08/2018

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