As Practice Group Leader within the Commercial and Project Litigation team, I have extensive experience working on class actions and complex litigation, typically concerning personal injury, product liability and human rights issues.
Since commencing work as an articled clerk at Slater and Gordon, I have worked on a wide range of large-scale claims involving physical and psychological injuries caused by defective products, inadequate warnings or medical negligence, as well as working on some of the major shareholder class actions run by the firm.
In many instances, the plaintiffs involved in these cases are among the most disenfranchised and disadvantaged members of Australian society, having received damaging treatment from governments and other authorities, resulting in complex injuries. I am proud to be part of a team that represents them, consistent with the spirit of Slater and Gordon’s commitment to taking on pro bono and public interest cases, and advancing social justice causes.
Between 2014 and 2017, I was a member of the team that ran the Manus Island class action, concerning physical and psychological injuries suffered by almost 2,000 asylum seekers at the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre in PNG. The case was one of the largest and most difficult proceedings ever taken on by Slater and Gordon’s class actions team, involving a host of complex and inter-related issues ranging from the application of foreign law to disputes over claims of public interest immunity claims. In mid-2017, the landmark class action was settled for $70 million, in what is believed to be the largest human-rights settlement in Australian legal history.
Other notable cases I have been involved with during my time at Slater and Gordon include the Vioxx product liability class action as well as representing the group of approximately 60 women who contracted hepatitis C after undergoing procedures at the Croydon Day Surgery.
In addition to my work running and managing class action litigation, I also have significant experience designing and utilising electronic discovery and document-management systems in large-scale litigation. I have supervised and designed e-discovery policies and systems for cases and clients to maximise the efficiency, and minimise the costs, of large-scale litigation.
I am also the Chair of Slater and Gordon’s Pro Bono and Legal Profession Committee, which is responsible for facilitating and fostering the development of pro bono work throughout the firm at all levels.
Professional Qualifications and Admissions
- Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law, Law Institute of Victoria
- Admitted, Supreme Court of Victoria
- Admitted, High Court of Australia
- Bachelor of Laws, University of Melbourne
- Bachelor of Computer Science, University of Melbourne
- 2003 - Present, Slater and Gordon
Memberships and Associations
- Law Institute of Victoria