I am the Australian Military Service Practice Group Leader for Slater and Gordon based in our Brisbane office. Similar to an Ex-service Organisation, DVA Advocate or RSL Advocate, I provide veterans with valuable legal insights & support during their dealings with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
As a national military lawyer, I help veterans 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 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
Feedback from our clients
Highly recommend Brian Briggs, military compensation lawyer and his team at Slater and Gordon to all fellow Veterans. Professional , provided great and precise details every step of the process, from my experience I advise others to contact Brian to assist and manage DVA claims . Can not fault any part of service and advice . Ongoing support from beginning to end and continued advice and supportive knowledge making the process stress free all the background and DVA process & contact fully looked after for you by an highly rated team . Definitely Consider all others to use Slater and Gordon . Thank you to Brian and Team
Anna Dunne (Anna)
Brian Briggs and his team did a fantastic job with my case, the outcome Brian achieved exceeded expectations.He was reliable and always answered my questions when in doubt (even through covid). I highly recommend his services especially in a complex case.
I used Slater and Gordon to assist me with my DVA claims as I was in the Defence Force for over 33 years. I was extremely pleased with the outcome Brian Briggs and his team were able to achieve for me. They provided support, assisted and advised me through all facets of the claims. I would strongly recommend that any Defence member speak to Brian first before navigating the DVA claims process. I don't think the same outcome would have been achieved if I self managed the claims or used an advocate. Speak to Brian first!
Brian Briggs is a veterans advocate first who also just so happens to be the best lawyer in the business in the practice area. With Brian, you can be certain you'll be supported and not left in the dark in any way. For the one flat, and reasonable, fee, Brian will absolutely bend over backwards for you and provide top-shelf service and advice which can and does go outside what's reasonably required under his fees, particularly in relation to notoriously hard to prove military psychological claims which are stressful for the client. You're in the best hands with Brian Briggs.
I had been struggling for years battling DVA to get conditions accepted and recognised. I finally went to see Brian and asked him and his team for assistance. Well it has taken 18 months (but that is just how long DVA drags things out) but Brian has gotten me the best outcome possible Thanks to Brain and your team
I would like to take moment to say a massive thank you to the the team at slater and Gordon, in particular Brian Briggs and Emily Wilson. Without them I would not have been able to win my 2 and a half year battle with DVA. My advocate originally got me 10 points. With the efforts of Brian and Emily I have been able to receive my gold card. A special note for Emily who made herself readily available for my questions and keeping me up to date with what was happing within my claim process.
I’ve been working with Brian Briggs, Pia Anderson and Ashleigh Cutler from Slater and Gordan Lawyers. My expectations have been well and truly met with exceptional communication, professionalism and care. 100% recommended for any military compensation needs. the team has changed have changed my life, truly grateful for all their hard work.
Brian Briggs and Emily Wilson represented my permanent impairment determination with DVA after a very slow, protracted case that I originally opted to use an advocacy to resolve. After five and a half years of fighting DVA, the Slater and Gordon team helped to get me the best possible result. I can't thank them enough; they were professional, caring and knowledgeable about how to support the veteran through this challenging process. I encourage other veterans to consider using a legal team over a free advocacy. When it's something as important as your health and well being for the rest of your life, it is worth starting a conversation to see if it is right for you. Don't try and go it alone and don't give up. Brian and Emily helped me achieve an excellent outcome and I thoroughly recommend them to veterans who are just beginning their claims or looking to resolve any outstanding determinations.