After seven years practising law across a broad range of areas, I joined Slater and Gordon in 2016 to focus on WorkCover cases. I’m committed to getting my clients the best possible outcome in the shortest time, so they can focus on treatment, recovery and wellbeing.
You can trust that, as your lawyer, I will communicate clearly and sensitively with you and keep you updated on every step of your case. I fight hard to stand up to insurance companies so that my clients receive all of their WorkCover entitlements.
I’m also experienced in helping people with Transport Accident Commission (TAC) claims and victims of crime claims. As an active Country Fire Authority (CFA) volunteer (for 15 years and counting), I also have a special interest in CFA compensation claims.
I’m based in Slater and Gordon’s Ballarat office and have strong family connections to the local community. Helping my friends and neighbours access tailored legal advice during difficult times is incredibly important to me and I take pride in handling every case with skill, care and commitment.
I am able to assist clients in Warrnambool, Horsham, Portland and Hamilton either on site in our Ballarat office, or via zoom and other online apps.
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Professional Qualifications and Admissions
- 2012 - Admitted, High Court of Australia
- 2011 - Admitted, Supreme Court of Victoria
- 2011 - Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, College of Law
- 2010 - Bachelor of Laws, La Trobe University
- 2010 - Bachelor of Asian Studies, La Trobe University
- 2016 – current, Slater and Gordon Lawyers, Lawyer
- 2015 - 2016, Victorian Legal Services Board & Commissioner
- 2012 - 2015, Central Highlands Community Legal Centre
Memberships and Associations
- Law Institute of Victoria
- Member of the Regional Lawyers Reference Group for the Law Institute of Victoria
- Ballarat & District Law Association
- CFA Volunteer for over 20 years
- Communications Officer with the Cardigan/Windermere Fire Brigade
Feedback from our clients
My experience with Slater and Gordon has been great, very helpful and very knowledgeable about the whole process. I would not hesitate to refer anyone to use their services. Again thank you very much.
I suffered a mental breakdown due to conditions at work and was extremely unwell. Going to Slater and Gordon was the best decision I’ve made. Jess Phillips and Tracy Hynes treated me with respect at all times and guided me through the compensation process with professionalism and compassion. I would not hesitate in recommending Slater and Gordon and their team to anyone who needs legal assistance.
Very happy with the service and outcome of my Work Cover Claim and I would like to thank Jess & Abbey for their great work and I would recommend anyone else in a situation I have been in. Thank you all
Huge thank you to Jess, Steve, Tracy, Martyn and the rest of the team for your help. Your support, knowledge and expertise has helped me so much. Forever grateful
Very professional and very supportive team. Jess Philips was my primary solcitor and her knowledge, advise, kindness, and professionalism is second to none. Her support team including Tracy were amazing and together got me the best outcome possible. They always prepared me for various scenarios/outcomes, provided advise and most importantly did so with great compassion and support for both me and my family. They also briefed a top barrister (Stephen Jurica) to ensure the best result. Most importantly to me was not only the outcome but along the way if they said they would do something (make a call, check something, provide advice/feedback) it was always done as and when promised it would be done (if not before). I would suggest anyone who suffers any workplace injuries to get in touch with this amazing team as soon as possible. Added to this a lot of my matter was done during a time with lockdowns, covid outbreaks etc where this team still made everything run as smoothly as possible. 5 out of 5 stars. Top notch. Dont waste time going anywhere else.