Senior Associate, Workers Compensation Claims
Leah Hickey represents people who have been injured at work from a vast range of professions and industries. Injuries occur in all areas and levels of the workforce, and over the course of her career she has learned to adapt her approach to cater for each client’s individual needs.
Some of the typical types of matters she is involved in include weekly compensation disputes, permanent impairment lump sum claims, serious injury applications, and common law and damages claims.
Her strength as a lawyer is in her honesty, directness and down to earth approach, as well as her ability to see the big picture. Although each step in the legal process is important, she always ensures that her clients never lose sight of the end result. She gains immense satisfaction from assisting injured workers access their rightful entitlements and maximise their potential to obtain just compensation.
“A successful outcome for me is not just about maximising my clients’ compensation entitlements, but also ensuring they emerge from the legal process with their pride intact.”
Leah joined Slater and Gordon in 2011 because of its knowledge sharing and open door policy, and she believes in the firm’s ideals of providing everyday Australians with access to the legal system.
“It is possible to have both a successful and fulfilling career without sacrificing your ideals. Slater and Gordon leads the way in personal injury and has been involved in many landmark cases. I am proud to be a part of such an exciting and progressive organisation.”
Leah is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono and Legal Profession Committee.
- Workers compensation
- Common law
- Statutory benefits
- Since 2011 Slater and Gordon (lawyer)
- April 2009 – April 2011 Ryan Carlisle Thomas (lawyer)
- March 2008 – April 2009 Ryan Carlisle Thomas (articled clerk)
- 2008 Centre for Indigenous Education, University of Melbourne (family law tutor)
- 2006 – 2007 Coburg and Brunswick Community Legal Centre (volunteer)
Memberships and Associations
- Australian Lawyers Alliance
- Law Institute of Victoria
Professional Qualifications and Admissions
- 2009 Admitted, Supreme Court of Victoria
- 2009 Admitted, High Court of Australia
- 2008 Bachelor of Law (Honours), University of Melbourne
- 2008 Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications), University of Melbourne
- November 2009, Authored the “Ryan Carlisle Thomas submission to the Senate inquiry into Australia Post Injury processes”
- 2009, Co-authored the Australian Lawyers Alliance “Submission on the Comcare Draft Workplace Bullying Guidance”