As a national military compensation lawyer, I help veterans who have been injured because of their service get the best outcomes they need and deserve—for themselves, their families and their future.
I have been a practising lawyer for more than 30 years and I am an Accredited Specialist. I specialise in Department of Veterans’ Affairs legislation and statutory compensation schemes. I am proud to have been acknowledged as the top legal advocate for victims of abuse in the military. I am passionate about health and welfare outcomes for people in the defence community.
I was raised to believe in helping people, regardless of their background or personal circumstances, and to try to make a difference for the wellbeing of others. Simply put, I want to improve my clients’ lives.
Many of my clients have significant psychological injuries and cannot represent themselves in their legal dealings. I am here to fight your battles.
I know that I need to earn my clients’ respect. When you deal with me, you’ll see that I don’t beat around the bush. I am honest and upfront from the beginning and believe in clearly communicating where my clients stand in relation to the relevant legislation.
I am actively involved in advocating on behalf of people who serve or have served in the Australian Military. I have presented evidence before numerous Senate Enquiries including the enquiries into PTSD and Mental Health, Veteran Suicide, the Operation of DVA and recently the Productivity Commission and Scoping Study into Advocacy Services. I regularly attend Round Table conferences with other Advocates at the invitation of DVA.
Professional Qualifications and Admissions
- 2002 - Accredited Specialist in Compensation Law, Queensland Law Society
- 1988 - Admitted, High Court and Federal Court of Australia
- 1987 - Admitted, Supreme Court of Queensland
- Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Queensland University of Technology
- 1983 - Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland
- 2008 - Present, Slater and Gordon
- 1994 - 2008, Queensland Law Group
- 1987 - 1994, various law firms including: Quinlan, Miller and Treston, Crowley and Greenhalgh and Purvis Duncan
Memberships and Associations
- Queensland Law Society
- Australian Lawyers Association
- Queensland Pro Bono Lawyers Network
- Associate Member - Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans Association Inc
- Honorary Member - Victims of Abuse in the Australian Defence Force Association Inc
- Multiple Senate enquiry appearances
- Numerous successful High, Federal and Supreme Court cases
- Main advocate for establishment of The Defence Abuse Reparation (DART) scheme
- Multiple appearances on programs such as 4 Corners, The Project and the 7.30 Report