The Injury Compensation Committee of the Law Society was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Geraldine Daley AM on 30 April 2022.
After becoming a member of the Law Society in 1977, Geraldine went on to serve as a Law Society Councillor between 2001 and 2010. Geraldine was one of the first solicitors in NSW to become an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law in 1993. She was a Chair of the Law Society’s Ethics Committee, a Chair of the Specialist Accreditation Board and a longstanding member of the Injury Compensation Committee and Licensing Committee. Geraldine was also a contributor to many other Law Society Committees over the course of her career.
Geraldine was always a generous participant in all endeavours the Injury Compensation Committee was involved in. In particular, she was a regular and valued contributor to many of the Law Society’s submissions concerning the motor accident injuries scheme in NSW.
Apart from her role with the Law Society, Geraldine was also one of the first persons appointed to the role of Claims Assessor at the Motor Accidents Authority which operated the dispute resolution process for injuries sustained in motor accidents in NSW between 1999 and 2021. This process was known as the Claims Assessment and Resolution Service (‘CARS’) and it subsequently formed part of the Dispute Resolution Service of the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (‘SIRA’). Geraldine was often allocated the most complex CARS assessments in her role as Senior Claims Assessor. She was a long-time respected member of the claims assessors’ practice group at CARS and she contributed to the development of guidelines, forms, processes and procedures for determining motor accident disputes under the Motor Accident Compensation Act 1999.