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Ebony Birchall

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Commercial and Project Litigation, Associate

Phone 03 9602 6888 Fax 03 9600 0290
Location Melbourne, Victoria
Language English

Ebony is an experienced litigation lawyer with specialised experience in professional negligence claims and asbestos litigation. She is currently working in projects litigation for Slater and Gordon’s Manus Island class action.

Ebony is also completing her PhD in law, focussing on the healthcare and human rights implications of immigration detention. She is an experienced researcher and is often invited to present at legal seminars and events.

Ebony joined Slater and Gordon in 2010, drawn to the firm’s reputation for providing accessible world class legal services. 

“Stephen and I are so grateful for the compensation payout you achieved for him. Many thanks to you both for the great work you did and for the kindness you showed us both and for taking all the worry off us. You are both very special people to us.”

– SM and MM

Career History

  • since 2010 Slater and Gordon (Lawyer)
  • since 2015 Sessional teacher, Administrative Law, University of Wollongong
  • 2009 – 2011 6 Selborne Wentworth Chambers Sydney (Research and Administrative Assistant to Senior Counsel)

Professional Qualifications and Admissions

  • 2015 – present Doctor of Philosophy in Law, University of Wollongong
  • 2015 Graduate Diploma in Law (Health Law and Human Rights), University of Sydney
  • 2012 Admitted, Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • 2011 Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, College of Law, Sydney
  • 2011 Bachelor of Laws, University of Wollongong
  • 2011 Bachelor of Commerce (Economics), University of Wollongong


  • Ebony Birchall, ‘Courageous detention staff challenge the government’ Australian Lawyers Alliance (1 July 2015) accessed at http://www.lawyersalliance.com.au/opinion/courageous-detention-centre-staff-challenge-the-government
  • Ebony Birchall, ‘Hunger strikes in immigration detention’ (2015) 128 Precedent 52
  • Ebony Birchall, ‘How does the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provide you with better choice and control over disability supports?’ Accord Summer 2015
  • Ebony Birchall, ‘Regulation of healthcare practitioners in immigration detention centres’ (2015) 127 Precedent 48
  • Ebony Birchall and Bill Madden, ‘Vicissitudes: Three Basic Questions’ (2014) 122 Precedent 18
  • Ebony Birchall, ‘Recent developments concerning damages for loss of capacity to provide domestic services …’ (2013) 10(7) ACL 114
  • Ebony Birchall, ‘Sydney Children’s Hospital Network v X: the Court’s Parens Patriae Jurisdiction and Mature Minors’ (2013) 21(4) Australian Health Law Bulletin 332
  • Ebony Birchall, ‘An Application sought under the exercise of the Court’s Parens Patriae Jurisdiction: TS & DS v Sydney Children’s Hospital Network (“Mohammed’s case”)’ (2013) 21(2) Australian Health Law Bulletin 194
  • Ebony Birchall, ‘Caps on Economic Loss Damages in Compensation to Relatives Act 1897 (NSW) Claims: Taylor v Owners — Strata Plan No 11564’ (2013) 10(1) ACL 15
  • Ebony Birchall, ‘Marouche v Houseman: an Application of Victoria’s Unique Judicial Discretion to Extend Statutory Limitation Periods’ (2013) 21(1) Australian Health Law Bulletin 181
  • Ebony Birchall, ‘Res Ipsa Loquitur and Competing Causes of Damage: Wehrstedt v Northern New South Wales Local Health District’ (2012) 20(7) Australian Health Law Bulletin 104


  • Upcoming – The 25th Annual Medico-legal Congress, ‘Legal and professional obligations relevant to medical treatment within detention centres and the medical profession as an advocate for the improvement of asylum seekers’ health’, February 2016
  • Presenter: Politics in the Pub, ‘Hiding child abuse in detention centres’, October 2015
  • Co-convenor and presenter: Slater and Gordon Medical Law Forum, March 2015
  • Presenter: Seminar sessions at Medicare Local, Medical Law for Healthcare Practitioners, February 2015
  • Panel Member: Medico-legal Awareness Session, University of Wollongong Graduate School of Medicine, 2013-2015
  • Presenter: National Disability Insurance Scheme, May 2014
  • Chairperson: Slater & Gordon Medical Law Forum, March 2014
  • Presenter: Medical Law for Social Workers, Western Sydney Local Health District Network at Westmead Hospital, February 2014
  • Presenter: Conference on Healthcare Fundamentals, Informed Consent Legislation & Recent Developments, November 2013
  • Interviewee: National Disability Insurance Scheme video series 2013