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Julie Clayton

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Project Litigation, Principal Lawyer

03 9602 6888 03 9600 0290
Melbourne, Victoria
English

Julie Clayton is a Principal Lawyer working in major projects with a focus on personal injury and product liability litigation.

She has worked on some of the most high profile class actions in Australia, and her clients have included victims of medically acquired Hepatitis C, people with faulty breast implants, consumers of contaminated oysters and survivors of institutional child abuse.

Her class action experience encompasses both extensive trials all the way to the High Court, to devising and implementing settlement schemes.

As well as her experience in class actions, Julie has practiced in medical litigation for over a decade, achieving compensation for hundreds of people injured through negligent treatment.

Significant Cases

  • representative proceedings concerning injuries sustained by individuals who acquired Hepatitis C during the course of surgery at the Croydon Day Surgery, conducted in the Supreme Court of Victoria (A v Schulberg & Ors);
  • representative proceedings concerning injuries sustained by individuals who consumed oysters contaminated by the Hepatitis A virus, conducted in the Federal Court of Australia (Ryan v Graham Barclay Oysters & Ors);
  • representative proceedings concerning injuries suffered by consumers of the anti-inflammatory drug Vioxx, conducted in the Federal Court of Australia (Peterson v Merck Sharp & Dohme (Australia) Pty Ltd & Anor);
  • representative proceedings on behalf of individuals born with congenital deformations or injuries as a result of their mothers’ consumption of the drug thalidomide while in utero, conducted in the Supreme Court of Victoria (Rowe v Grunenthal GMBH & Ors).
  • representative proceedings on behalf of individuals injured by defective breast implant products, conducted in the United States and the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Career History

  • since 1996 Slater and Gordon (Principal Lawyer)
  • Board member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal 2004 – 2007
  • Finalist in the 2013 Law Institute of Victoria President’s Awards, Access to Justice Award

Professional qualifications and admissions

  • 1997 Admitted, Supreme Court of Victoria
  • 1994 Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Melbourne