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Brian Hilliard

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Personal Injury Claims, Practice Group Leader

03 6270 1111 03 6211 9191
Hobart, Tasmania

Over the course of his career Brian has represented clients in a wide range of personal injury matters and has expertise in all facets of personal injuries litigation. His major strength as a lawyer is in his ability to communicate and empathise with clients of all backgrounds and his determination to see matters through to a successful conclusion.

Brian has appeared as counsel in the Supreme Court of Tasmania, the Federal Court of Australia, the Magistrates Court of Tasmania, the AAT and in other tribunals including most notably in the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Tribunal where he has many years of experience.

Brian was the instructing solicitor for Graeme Coote in his action against Forestry Tasmania, which was eventually decided in Graham's favour in the High Court of Australia after decisions in the Supreme Court of Tasmania and the Court of Appeal in Tasmania (Coote v Forestry Tasmania).

Brian is a keen fisherman, scuba diver, sailor and traveller.


  • All aspect of Common Law person injury claims
  •  Work related injury a speciality

Professional Qualification and Admissions

  • 1991 Admitted, Supreme Court of Tasmania and the High Court of Australia
  • 1990 Bachelor of Laws, University of Tasmania

Career History

  • Since 2012 Slater and Gordon (practice group leader ,Tasmania)
  • 2002 – 2012 Hilliard and Associates (principal)
  • 1998 – 2002 Watling Roche Lawyers (manager and senior practitioner Hobart office )
  • 1995 – 1998 Page Seager (solicitor)
  • 1992 – 1995 Mclean Phillips and Bartlett (solicitor)
  • 1991 -1992 Wilson Dowd Lawyers ( articled clerk and lawyer)

Memberships and Associations

  • Australian Lawyers Alliance ( past  National President)           
  • Law Society of Tasmania

Cultural Heritage

Brian was born in Rosebery on the West Coast of Tasmania and grew up in the mining towns of Rosebery and Savage River where his father worked in the mines. He moved to the North West Coast in his teens and his father still lives there.  He spent his later teen years studying science and engineering whilst working during study breaks at Port Latta. He eventually came to study law in his late 20s and has remained in the legal profession in Hobart ever since.