Open disclosure: morally right but is it legally safe?
David Brown is a Sydney-based lawyer who was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in 1988, having previously worked in both insurance and education. The major part of his legal practice over the past 20 years has been the defence of doctors and hospitals in civil litigation and in other forums. As well as personally conducting legal cases, David has also held a number of senior legal management positions.
He headed the Tort Law section of the Crown Solicitors Office in NSW for a number of years. From 1999 to 2007, he was manager of the Legal Division of United Medical Protection and of the Avant Mutual Group. He has been a dedicated advocate for the Open Disclosure Standard and its implementation across Australia. In 2002, he was a member of the advisory group which helped develop the National Standard. More recently, he has been a member of the Steering Committee for NSW Health's Open Disclosure project.