Personal Injury, Principal Lawyer
Emma Hines decided to practise in personal injury law because it was one of the few areas of law where she believed her work could have a direct impact on a more positive future for her clients. In a typical day she might advise an employer, a construction worker or a grandmother, but all will be relying on Emma’s patience, determination and ability to think laterally in her task of recovering compensation for their injuries.
For Emma, the opportunity to use her skills, strength and energy to advocate for people who really need it, is what matters most in her work. Honest, direct and dedicated to getting things done, Emma joined Slater and Gordon in 2000. After a four year stint in Melbourne on the TAC team Emma moved to Canberra for 3 years working on Medical Negligence, Military Compensation and Motor Vehicle Accident matters, today Emma works with Workers Compensation matters in the firm’s Melbourne office, as a Principal Lawyer.
Emma was involved in one of the largest medical negligence settlement in the ACT, which resulted in more than $9 million in compensation for a five-year-old boy who suffered severe cerebral palsy after the mismanagement of his birth by the Canberra Hospital.
She also represented a group of former navy personnel who suffered severe post-traumatic stress after witnessing the fatal fire aboard the HMAS Westralia in 1998. The case was one of the largest military compensation claims commenced, involving 27 parties. The case was settled in late 2006 with the injuried sailors receiving more than $5 million dollars of compensation.
“In my role here as a lawyer, I get to meet and form relationships with all manner of people that I might not ever have had the opportunity to... seeing the way that my clients cope and work to recovery in the most difficult of circumstances certainly keeps the problems of everyday life in perspective and is often quite inspirational”.
- Personal injury and professional negligence litigation
- Workers Compensation / WorkCover
- Slater and Gordon, since 2000, Principal Lawyer
Memberships and associations
- Australian Capital Territory Legal Aid Review Commission
- Volunteer Solicitor, Australian Capital Territory Night Time Legal Advice Service
- Law Society of the Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales Law Society
Professional qualifications and admissions
- 2004 Admitted, High Court of Australia
- 2004 Admitted, Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory
- 2001 Admitted, Supreme Court of Victoria
- 2000 Bachelor of Laws, Deakin University
- 2000 Bachelor of Arts, Deakin University