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March 1935 - Slater and Gordon is founded
In a small room in the Australian Railway Union’s Unity Hall Building on Bourke Street in Melbourne, William (Bill) Slater and Hugh Gordon founded Slater and Gordon to service unions, particularly in workplace entitlements and claims. The heritage listed Unity Building is now a hotel, but the original façade and entrance hall mosaic remains.
March 1941 - Hugh Gordon enlists in the RAAF
Hugh Gordon enlists to fight in the Second World War, joining the No. 460 squadron RAAF as part of the Pathfinder squadron flying Lancaster aircraft.
October 12, 1942 - William Slater is appointed Australia’s first Minister to Russia
At the height of the Second World War, the Curtin Government appointed Bill Slater as Australia’s first ambassador to Russia. Bill moved to the relocated Russian wartime capital of Kuybyshev (now Samara), and was in the role for a little over a year before the cold Russian winter got the better of Bill’s poor health.
October 28, 1942 - Ted Hill rejoins the firm, and the firm’s name is changed to Slater, Gordon and Hill
After working for the firm briefly in the late 1930s, Ted Hill rejoined the firm to manage its operation while Bill Slater was overseas.
October 1942 - Hiring women and paying clerks
Slater, Gordon and Hill began offering articled clerkships to women and also began paying clerks, rather than demanding a training premium.
June 14, 1943 - Hugh Gordon is killed in action, aged 34
On his 30th and final mission before he was due to be transferred back to Australia, Hugh’s aircraft encountered a German night fighter. The plane was shot down, with the loss of three men on board, including Hugh Gordon. Hugh was buried at Jonkerbos Cemetery, near Nijmegen, Holland. The name ‘Slater and Gordon’ has been retained to this day in Hugh’s memory.
November 19, 1945 - Bill Slater becomes Victorian Attorney General for the second time
Bill Slater is appointed Victorian Attorney General and Solicitor General, serving in the role until 1947. A revered Labor politician, Bill served in Parliament from November 1917 to April 1932; July 1932 to October 1947, and June 1949 to June 1960. Bill would also serve as Attorney General and Solicitor General again between 1952 and 1955. (Image circa 1945-52, courtesy of State Library of Victoria [SLV])
April 1946 - Victorian Workers Compensation Act and Employers and Employees Bill Introduced
As Attorney General Bill Slater introduced an act in Parliament to improve the rights of Victorian workers. The Bill lead to pioneering legal work being done by Slater and Gordon on behalf of previously unprotected workers whose welfare and health were affected. This included workers from the Wonthaggi colliery.
February, 1946 - Geoffrey Llewellyn Jones joins the firm as a staff solicitor
Geoff Jones joins the firm, staying at Slater and Gordon for 38 years. In 1948 he would become general manager of the firm.
April 1948 - Ted Hill leaves the firm
Ted Hill leaves firm to become secretary of the Victorian branch of the Communist Party. He would continue to be briefed by the firm as a barrister.
November 1948 - Geoff Jones becomes secretary of the Firefighters Union
Juggling his work running the firm, Geoff began on improving the conditions of Victoria’s firefighters who at the time were paid poorly and on call up to 108 hours a week.
1952 - Bill Slater is appointed Attorney General under Premier John Cain Senior
Bill Slater is appointed to the position of Victoria’s Attorney General and Solicitor General
1956 - Bill Slater returns to Europe, and visits the grave of Hugh Gordon
Bill wrote in his diary of his sorrow, wondering “what he would have been today in the full bloom of manhood had he been spared the supreme sacrifice he had to make.”
1957 - Annual profit: £12,248
Now operating for almost 22 years, a return in 1957 shows the firm’s profits at just over £12,000 pounds was split between the partners.
1958 - Frank Vincent commences articles with the firm
Frank Vincent, who went on to enjoy a revered career as a barrister and judge, ruling in several high profile murder cases, started working for the firm.
June 19, 1960 - Bill Slater passes away
Bill died suddenly in 1960 while still a Victorian Member of Parliament. His family declined the offer of a State funeral, as Bill had asked for a private service ‘of the simplest character’. But the Victoria Police had other ideas. Remembering his role in the 1924 Police Strike Royal Commission, and later as the police union’s honorary solicitor, police blocked every intersection for 30 kilometres for his funeral procession. On his death, Labor Leader Clive Stoneham would say “He was intolerant of injustice, and was at all times a dauntless defender of civil liberties.” Conservative Liberal Premier Henry Bolte would label Bill a man of “sterling qualities”, and a “clean, straight shooter.”
1964 - Slater and Gordon wins landmark HMAS Voyager case
The family of Horace Jones, a 44 year old contract electrician on HMAS Voyager, is compensated following landmark legal action by Slater and Gordon.
1966 - Morwell Office opens
Following a spike in workplace claims in the Latrobe Valley, Slater and Gordon opens an office in Morwell.
November 1967 - Slater and Gordon takes the Dennis O'Donnell conscientious objection case
At the height of the Vietnam War, Slater and Gordon takes the (ultimately unsuccessful) case of student teacher and conscientious objector Dennis James O’Donnell, to the Privy Council.
1967 - Geoffrey Eames commences articles with the firm
Geoffrey Eames, who worked closely with Jim Hill (brother of Ted Hill) during his time at Slater and Gordon, went on to eventually become a Supreme Court justice.
1971 - The firm continues to grow with new partnership appointments
Michael Maplestone, William Rutherford, Jonathan Rothfield and later County Court Judge Michael Higgins are made partners. Herman Borestein would be made partner shortly following Jim Hill’s death in 1973.
1981 - Jennifer Lush made first female partner
After joining the firm as a staff solicitor in 1972, Jennifer Lush, the daughter of Supreme Court Judge Sir George Lush, was made Slater and Gordon’s first female partner.
1984 - Footscray office opened
The Footscray office went from strength to strength under the guidance of a young Peter Gordon.
June 30, 1984 - Geoff Jones Retires
After decades in the role of General Manager, Geoff Jones retires with the firm having grown to 125 staff and 10 partners.
September 1985 - Landmark Harold Plimer claim is won
December 24, 1985 - Jonathan Rothfield assumes control of Slater and Gordon after a tumultuous few years
On the verge of collapse, and enduring internal battles for control, partner Jonathan Rothfield assumed sole control of the business for a four year period to stabilise the firm. Jonathan bore much of the financial burden to keep the business afloat. It was against this backdrop of near ruin that Slater and Gordon would fight some of its toughest cases. In August 1986, Jonathan issued the following statement in a memo titled ‘Slater and Gordon Principles’: This firm is different to most. We aim to assist the underdog and provide legal services to the disadvantaged. To do this, we must be in business. To be in business, we must be profitable.
1986 - Sydney office opens
Slater and Gordon opened an office in Sydney to help deal with a classs action for approximately 3000 people. Advertising for the class action was also some of the first advertising undertaken by law firms in Australia.
1986 - Julia Gillard joins Slater and Gordon
Julia Gillard joined Slater and Gordon in 1986. She went on to become a partner, and then Australia’s first woman Prime Minister in 2010.
1986 - Perth office opened to accommodate Wittenoom cases
Following changes to the statute of limitations, Slater and Gordon rushes to launch a class action against CSR on behalf of people who lived and worked at the mining town Wittenoom. The Wittenoom mine in remote Western Australia was operated by CSR from 1943, and was staffed largely by migrant workers arriving from post war Europe. Of the 6700 people who worked at either of the two Wittenoom mines, an estimated 1000-3000 would die as a result of their employment at the mine.
February 1987 - Geoff Shaw joins the firm
Geoff Shaw modernised the firm’s practices and procedures, changing the management structure of the firm and positioning the firm for future growth. He was instrumental in the creation of the “No Win No Fee” payment structure. Tragically Geoff passed away suddenly in December 1997.
February 1, 1988 - Ted Hill passes away
One time partner and prominent barrister Ted Hill passed away at the age of 72. On Ted’s death, The Age labelled him a “dogged warrior of the working class.”
May 23, 1988 - Landmark Klaus Rabenalt case is won
30 November, 1989 - Wittenoom class action cases settled
The final Wittenoom cases settled, with an $18.2 million payment to the remaining ex-employees
December 22, 1990 - Slater and Gordon conducted one of the world’s first HIV case
May, 1994 - BHP Ok Tedi class action is launched
From January 1984, tailings from BHP’s Ok Tedi gold and copper mine in Papua New Guinea were fed directly into the Ok Tedi and Fly rivers, destroying the hunting and farming grounds and the livelihood of 40,000 villagers who lived in the area. Amid a protracted ‘PR’ battle, the brave villagers of the Ok Tedi basin were successful, and in 1996 BHP was forced to end the environmental destruction and compensate the villagers.
July, 1994 - No Win No Fee introduced
Slater and Gordon introduces the revolutionary No Win No Fee ™ legal fee structure.
July 7, 1996 - Peanut butter class action
October 13, 1998 - ‘That disreputable firm… the inside story of Slater and Gordon’ book is launched
Historian Michael Cannon’s detailed book accounting of the history of the firm is launched.
1998 - Brian Crimmins case is won in High Court
May 2001 - Dow Corning Settlement
April 12, 2002 - Rolah McCabe v Big Tobacco
In a first, Rolah McCabe is successful in suing the world’s second largest tobacco company, British American Tobacco. The decision is later overturned in the Victorian Court of Appeal.
2004 - James Hardie commission of inquiry
May 21, 2007 - Slater and Gordon becomes world’s first publicly listed law firm
Slater and Gordon took the bold move to list on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), after ownership laws changed to allow people other than lawyers to own a law firm.
February 5, 2008 - Tim Lacone donates $200,000 to the Asbestos Research Fund
November 19, 2008 - Cranbourne gas leaks class action commences
Slater and Gordon launches a class action on behalf on behalf of hundreds of Cranbourne property owners in Victoria whose properties were affected by methane gas leaking from a nearby landfill site. The class action was settled in 2011.
2009 - Thalidomide
May, 2009 - Slater and Gordon offers social work services
Slater and Gordon becomes the first law firm in Australia to offer social work services to its clients.
September 2009 - Compensation for Australia’s first female commando
Slater and Gordon’s High Court victory for Australia’s first female commando was a decision that would benefit thousands of other veterans. Retired Lieutenant-Colonel Robyn Fellowes, whose 22 years in the army included service in Bougainville, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan, was the subject of the successful test case.
2010 - Slater and Gordon celebrates 75 Years
Slater and Gordon celebrates 75 years, growing from its humble beginnings in a small room in the ARU building in 1935, to a national law firm and nearly 800 staff. The ‘True Believers’ documentary was also produced at the time in recognition of the significant milestone.
August 13, 2010 - Slater and Gordon Acquires Trilby Misso Lawyers
Slater and Gordon completes its biggest acquisition to date, acquiring south east Queensland based Trilby Misso Lawyers. The acquisition followed a number of smaller acquisitions.
January 11, 2011 - Slater and Gordon Acquires Keddies Lawyers
Following the acquisition of Trilby Misso Lawyers, Slater and Gordon completes the acquisition of leading New South Wales based law firm, Keddies Lawyers.
May 20, 2011 - Fincorp Collapse
The Federal Court of Australia approved a $29 million class action settlement in 2011 on behalf of more than 5000 investors who lost money when Fincorp Investments Limited collapsed in 2007.
July, 2011 - Oz Minerals class action is settled
The Federal Court of Australia approved a class action settlement in 2011 on behalf of more than 7500 individual participants who purchased shares in the minerals resources company, Oz Minerals, in 2008. The predominantly ‘mum and dad’ retail investors shared approximately $16 million in compensation.
July, 2011 - Storm Financial class action is settled
Slater and Gordon negotiated settlement outcomes for more than 1000 former clients of the collapsed financial planner Storm Financial. Retirees and pensioners were among those who were encouraged to sign up to large investment loans and margin loans despite limited assets and income.
September, 2011 - Fixed Fees for Family Law launched
In an innovative move, Slater and Gordon replaced billable hours with a fixed fee service for family law clients. Family law guide, Know Where You Stand was authored by Ian Shann and was launched by Justice Michael Kirby and Lisa Curry Kenny.
November, 2011 - Conveyancing Works acquired
Slater and Gordon acquired Queensland conveyancing firm Conveyancing Works, as the firm diversified outside traditional compensation services.
January 2012 - London Calling: UK firm Russell Jones and Walker acquired
In its first move overseas, Slater and Gordon announced it would acquire UK Law firm Russell Jones and Walker. With similar backgrounds, RJW was the ideal partner to join with Slater and Gordon in the UK legal market.
February 2012 – Fixed Fees for Family Law Launched in QLD, NSW and WA
Slater and Gordon’s successful fixed fee service for family law clients is expanded to Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia.
April 2012 – Slater and Gordon supports changes to the Marriage Act
One of Australia’s leading family law experts, Heather McKinnon speaks out in support of proposed changes to the Marriage Act. The changes would remove the last significant piece of legislative discrimination against gay and lesbian members of the community.
April 2012 – Acquisition of UK law firm Russell Jones and Walker complete
Slater and Gordon’s £53.8 million acquisition of UK law firm Russell Jones and Walker (RJW) was finalised following the approval of an Alternative Business Structures (ABS) licence by the UK Solicitors Regulation Authority.
May 2012 – More Australian’s protected by a legal will
For the second year in a row, Slater and Gordon offered free online wills during National Law week, with more than 7,500 Australians protecting themselves with a will in 2012. Research shows nearly half of all Australian’s don’t have a will.
June 2012 – Regional Queenslanders have access to national law firm
Slater and Gordon announces three visiting services to open in the offices of Conveyancing Works in Mackay, Rockhampton and Wide Bay in Queensland, making it easier for those communities to access Slater and Gordon’s wide range of legal services.
July 2012 – Successful Conveyancing platform rolled out across Australia
Slater and Gordon announces its successful Queensland conveyancing platform will be rolled out nation-wide as the firm begins to offer conveyancing services to other states.
July 2012 – Lynette Rowe’s case is settled
Australian woman Lynette Rowe settled her case for a multi-million dollar sum with the help of Gordon Legal and Slater and Gordon.
August 2012 – Slater and Gordon expands its Tasmanian footprint
Slater and Gordon announced a merger between its Hobart office and well-known law firm Hilliard and Associates, consolidating its offices and offering more legal services to the people of Tasmania.
October 2012 – Settlement reached in Sigma shareholder class action
A $57.5m agreement to settle a shareholder class action against Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd was reached following a court-ordered mediation, after a surprise full-year result announced by Sigma in March 2010 saw the company’s share price halve.
November 2012 – Nufarm class action settlement approved
The Federal Court approved a $46.6 million class action settlement between agricultural company Nufarm and more than 3800 group members who registered to participate in the settlement. The claim was brought on behalf of Nufarm shareholders who acquired Nufarm shares in the period 28 September 2009 – 31 August 2010 and who suffered loss as a result of alleged breaches by Nufarm of its ASX reporting obligations in FY2010.
January 2013 – Landmark victory against Victorian Government construction code
Victoria’s peak construction union – the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) - and Slater and Gordon Lawyers secures a landmark victory against the Victorian Government’s new construction industry code in the Federal Court after the government introduced new guidelines for builders seeking to work on publicly funded projects.
February 2013 – Landmark fuel surcharge class action concludes
A world-first class action, that has changed the way international airlines pay commission to Australian travel agents, was finalised with the Federal Court approving a settlement with carrier Air New Zealand.
The class action was commenced in 2006 by Slater and Gordon on behalf of travel agents seeking to recover commission on fuel surcharges imposed by airlines on international airfares.
May 2013 – Slater and Gordon plans to expand further in the UK
Slater and Gordon announces details of a $63 million equity raising to fund an accelerated UK expansion with plans to acquire three more law firms, increasing Slater and Gordon’s practice area diversification to more people in the UK.
May 2013 – Thousands of GPT investors to share in $75 million in class action settlement
Thousands of shareholders who took on listed property trust GPT Management Holdings Limited and GPT RE Limited (GPT) in a class action will share in $75 million after a conditional settlement was reached.
Slater and Gordon had filed proceedings in the Federal Court in 2011 on behalf of 2300 investors who acquired stapled securities in GPT between February 27, 2008, and July 6, 2008, alleging the company had engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct and breached its continuous disclosure obligations.
June 2013 – Slater and Gordon announces launch of New Zealand bank fees class action against ANZ
Slater and Gordon announces a class action against the New Zealand subsidiary of ANZ Bank will be launched after thousands of bank customers signed up to recoup unfair penalty fees.
The firm partnered with New Zealand lawyer Andrew Hooker, who will lead the Fair Play on Fees class action, and litigation funder Litigation Lending Services in an action which follows similar cases in Australia.
August 2013 – Slater and Gordon acquires Gibson and Gibson
Slater and Gordon expanded its footprint in Western Australia with the acquisition of Perth-based law firm, Gibson and Gibson, growing the firm’s operations by one-third in the state and increasing the total number of staff to more than 80.
September 2013 – Growth trajectory earns Slater and Gordon a place on the S and P/ASX 300 index
Slater and Gordon was named on the S and P/ASX 300 index, recognising the firm’s status among the country’s 300 biggest companies based on criteria including market capitalisation and share turnover.
Slater and Gordon was Australia’s first publicly listed law firm, listing in 2007.
September 2013 – Digital legacy clauses included in Wills service
Slater and Gordon expands its online and standard wills service to include provisions for social media and virtual property. The new clause allows Australians to leave instructions for the future of their ‘digital self’.
November 2013 – Slater and Gordon announce plans to acquire UK law firm Pannone
Slater and Gordon announces the acquisition of the personal legal services practice of leading United Kingdom consumer law firm Pannone Solicitors LLP. The acquisition broadens the legal services offered to people in the UK.
December 2013 – Slater and Gordon earns a place on the S and P/ASX 200 index
Three months after the inclusion in the ASX 300 index, Slater and Gordon enters the S and P/ASX200 index, reflecting continued investor confidence in the growth strategy adopted by the company since listing in 2007.
January 2014 – New Slater and Gordon fund to help people who are injured or ill
People suffering with a significant injury, disability or illness will benefit from a new health and social research fund to support vital research and education programs. The Slater and Gordon Health Projects and Research Fund will see $2million worth of grants provided by 2020 to not-for-profit groups, allied health organisations and research bodies in Australia and the United Kingdom.
February 2014 –Thalidomide Settlement Approved
A $89 million settlement for Australian and New Zealand thalidomide claimants has been approved.
February 2014 – Former Fairbridge child migrants class action against Government proceeds
Former child migrants who suffered alleged abuse at Fairbridge Farm School between 1938 and 1974 can now pursue the first class action of its kind against the Commonwealth, the State of New South Wales and the Fairbridge Foundation after a Supreme Court judgment.
February 2014 – Slater and Gordon extends NZ bank fees class action
Slater and Gordon extends the New Zealand (NZ) bank fees class action to include NZ banks Westpac, BNZ and ASB as part of legal action against unfair penalty fees. Legal action against ANZ was announced in June 2013. Slater and Gordon partners with NZ lawyer Andrew Hooker, who leads the Fair Play on Fees class action.
March 2014 – Slater and Gordon announce proposed class action against Billabong
Slater and Gordon announces it is preparing a class action against surfwear, accessories and action sports apparel company Billabong on behalf of hundreds of investors who allege that Billabong engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct and failed to comply with its continuous disclosure obligations.
April 2014 – Proposed settlement of Hepatitis C class action
Around 60 Victorian women infected with the hepatitis C virus at a Croydon clinic reach a proposed $13.75 million settlement in their class action. The women contracted the hepatitis C virus or are carrying the hepatitis C antibody after undergoing procedures at the Croydon Day Surgery between January 2008 and December 2009. The settlement was formally approved by the Victorian Supreme Court in June 2014.
May 2014 - Slater and Gordon launches new digital legal service
Slater and Gordon launches a new digital legal service for unfair dismissal claims. The online service provides information, advice and assistance to workers who believe they have been unfairly sacked.
July 2014 – Newcrest shareholder class action
Slater and Gordon commences a class action against Newcrest Mining Limited on behalf of current and former shareholders. The claim relates to Newcrest’s ASX release of 7 June 2013, in which the company announced an FY14 gold production downgrade, significant asset write-downs, and confirmed that no final dividend would be declared.
July 2014 – Highest ever damages awarded to asbestos victim
Steven Dunning, a 54 year old Cessnock man with terminal mesothelioma who was exposed to asbestos while working on blast furnaces at the Newcastle Steelworks, wins a case against his former employer BHP Billiton Limited and receives $2.2 million in damages. In October 2014, BHP Billiton Limited filed a Notice of Appeal. In March 2015, the NSW Court of Appeal handed down a unanimous decision upholding the damages judgement.
August 2014 – Slater and Gordon acquires Fiocco's Lawyers
Slater and Gordon Lawyers announces its acquisition of Perth-based law firm Fiocco’s Lawyers. The procurement of Fiocco’s Lawyers follows the acquisition of Gibson & Gibson in August 2013 which grew the firm’s WA operations by one-third.
September 2014 – Penrith law firm Cox West Lawyers joins Slater and Gordon
After more than a decade of practising law in Penrith, local lawyers John Cox and Adam West decide on a brighter future with Slater and Gordon Lawyers.
September 2014 – Law firm investigates legal rights of van Eyk investors
Slater and Gordon announces it is investigating the legal rights of investors in van Eyk’s controversial ‘Blueprint’ investment scheme.
November 2014 – Nowicki Carbone joins forces with Slater and Gordon
Slater and Gordon announces it has officially joined forces with specialist Victorian and South Australian personal injury law firm Nowicki Carbone.
November 2014 – Slater and Gordon appointed to assist CBA customers
Slater and Gordon lawyers are appointed by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia as an Independent Customer Advocate as part of the bank’s Open Advice Review Program. The Review Program is open to customers who received advice from Commonwealth Financial Planning (CFP) and Financial Wisdom (FW) between 1 September 2003 and 1 July 2012 who hold concerns about advice they received.
November 2014 – Class action against Vocation Limited announced
Slater and Gordon confirms it has been engaged by aggrieved shareholders who have instructed the firm to prepare a class action against education and training provider Vocation Limited (“Vocation”).
December 2014 – Melton West home to be demolished after win
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal has awarded Melton West couple Earl and Shelley Softley the cost of demolition and re-erection of their home after it suffered major structural faults because of slab heave. The decision followed a 10 day trial heard in November.
March 2015 – Melbourne teenager settles claim for defamation against Fairfax
A Melbourne teenager reaches a settlement agreement with Fairfax Media, after he was wrongly identified as a terrorist on the front pages of The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Canberra Times in September 2014.
March 2015 – Slater and Gordon join the Australian Olympic Team
Slater and Gordon is announced as the Official Law Firm of the Australian Olympic Team.
June 2015 – Slater and Gordon Lawyers show support for marriage equality
Slater and Gordon joins the growing number of Australia’s biggest household brands featuring in a full page advertisement in The Australian newspaper supporting marriage equality. The firm believes marriage equality is an important issue for its clients and employees across Australia.
June 2015 – Slater and Gordon Lawyers sign on to support Broncos
Slater and Gordon announces it has signed on as a proud sponsor and official legal partner of the Brisbane Broncos.
June 2015 – Former Fairbridge Farm residents secure $24 million settlement
Former residents of Fairbridge Farm School at Molong in Central Western New South Wales confirm a conditional settlement for injuries suffered as a result of institutional abuse.
July 2015 – Defence Abuse Response Taskforce reparation scheme wraps up
Leading Slater and Gordon Military Compensation Lawyer Brian Briggs calls on the ADF to extend the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce reparation scheme for abused military personnel. The scheme expired on 30 June. Slater and Gordon called for the establishment of the scheme in 2011 and have helped almost 250 victims of military abuse access the scheme over the past few years.
August 2015 – $24-million settlement scheme for former Fairbridge residents
A $24-million settlement scheme for the former residents of Fairbridge Farm School at Molong is approved by the Supreme Court of NSW.
August 2015 – Parkerville residents launch legal proceedings against Western Power and Thiess
Nearly 140 Parkerville, WA, residents whose homes and properties were damaged in the January 2014 bushfires launch legal proceedings against Western Power and its contractor, Thiess.
September 2015 - Senate Inquiry into the Mental Health of Defence Force Personnel
Leading Slater and Gordon Military Compensation Lawyer Brian Briggs told a Senate Inquiry into the Mental Health of Defence Force Personnel that systemic issues within the Department of Veterans’ Affairs prevent Veterans and serving personnel accessing the mental health care they need. Mr Briggs urged the Inquiry to focus on three immediate solutions to alleviate the trauma and suffering of ADF personnel.
October 2015 – Former residents of Fairbridge Farm
Former residents of Fairbridge Farm welcome an apology from NSW Premier Mike Baird after suffering years of institutional abuse at the school in Molong in the state’s Central West. Premier Baird apologised to some 20 former Fairbridge Farm residents in person during a statement to the NSW Parliament. A $24-million settlement scheme for the former Fairbridge residents was approved by the Supreme Court of NSW in August.
November 2015 – ACR Class Action
Slater and Gordon announces the conditional settlement of a class action by investors in Australian Capital Reserve Limited (ACR) against The Trust Company (Nominees) Limited (the Trust Company). The settlement, which is subject to Federal Court approval, would see the Trust Company pay a total of $25 million – including legal costs – to be shared among class action group members. Slater and Gordon ran the class action as ‘No Win No Fee’, which allowed the class action to occur without any out-of-pocket costs to group members.
February 2016 – Magpie Nest
Slater and Gordon celebrates the addition of five houses to the Magpie Nest project in Victoria – a joint initiative of Collingwood AFL club and The Salvation Army, and proudly supported by Slater and Gordon. Magpie Nest provides long-term housing and case-management support to people who are homeless.
March 2016 – Brain Injury Australia sponsorship
Slater and Gordon announces a new, three-year sponsorship of Brain Injury Australia, the peak advocacy organisation representing the needs of more than 700,000 Australians living with brain injury and their families and carers.
April 2016 – Win on appeal for couple against Metricon Homes
One of Australia’s largest builders, Metricon Homes, is unsuccessful in its appeal against a VCAT ruling that requires it to pay for the demolition and reconstruction of a couple’s sub-standard Melbourne home.
May 2016 – New book launched about wills and estate planning
Slater and Gordon publishes the ‘easiest book to read about wills and estate planning’.
July 2016 – Congratulations to Olympic-bound Lauren Reynolds
Slater and Gordon-sponsored BMX racer Lauren Reynolds is selected to the Australian Team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Slater and Gordon is also the Official Law Firm of the Australian Olympic Team.
July 2016 – Client receives care she needs after judge’s ruling
A young woman who was injured in a quad bike accident on a King Island dairy farm in Tasmania is awarded almost $12m compensation by a Tasmanian Judge.
July 2016 – $9m awarded after devastating pathway collision
A Canberra father of five is awarded $9m in compensation after he was injured in a collision between his electric bicycle and a reversing car.
August 2016 – False imprisonment claim added to Manus Island class action
Slater and Gordon is granted court approval to add a claim of false imprisonment to an existing class action the firm is running on behalf of Manus Island detainees.
August 2016 – Australian athletes achieve great results at Rio
Australia’s 422 Olympic athletes win eight gold medals, 11 silver medals, 10 bronze medals – and many more unforgettable memories – at Rio 2016. Slater and Gordon is the Official Law Firm of the Australian Olympic Team.
September 2016 – Class action against Hastie Group Ltd
Slater and Gordon prepares a class action on behalf of a group of investors who acquired shares in building services company Hastie Group Limited in the months before the company was placed into voluntary administration. Numerous aggrieved shareholders have contacted Slater and Gordon following Hastie’s collapse in May 2012.
October 2016 – One step closer for asylum seekers
The Australian Border Force Act 2015, has been welcomed by Lawyers representing Manus Island detainees in a landmark class action. This act allows professionals from the health sector to express their experience within offshore detention centres. Former detention health staff were previously gagged by laws, however October last year saw an end to this with Slater and Gordon successfully obtaining a limited exemption to the legislation.
November 2016 – The Commonwealth Redress scheme
The Federal Government has been commended by Lawyers representing the hundreds of victims of institutional abuse with the announcement of a Commonwealth Redress Scheme. This scheme is for the survivors of institutional child sexual abuse and allows victims to have access to the psychological and financial support they deserve.
December 2016 – Research grant assists medical breakthroughs
Slater and Gordon’s 2016 Health and Research Projects Fund assists the commencement of ground-breaking research into asbestos-related cancer and brain and spinal injuries. Four leading Australian hospitals will share in the $100,000 funding to assist with these medical breakthroughs which will assist with the support required to hopefully cure these health problems.
February – Bellamy’s class action launched
Slater and Gordon launches class action against Bellamy’s Australia in the Federal Court. The action was on behalf of investors who acquired shares between April 14 and December 9, 2016. The action alleged that Bellamy’s made misleading statements about its growth strategy in China and failed to keep the market aware of its declining market share.
March – Motorcycling granny receives support
Slater and Gordon helps Victorian grandmother receive support after she was hit while on her motorcycle in regional Victoria. Evelyn Satterly suffered serious injuries in the crash while riding as part of charity ride in December 2014.
March – Early onset dementia client receives Super TPD payments
Slater and Gordon secured Superannuation Total and Permanent Disability compensation for early onset dementia sufferer and 39-year-old Sarah Brady. Sarah, who has since moved into an aged care home, was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 37.
April – Manus Island class action to be live streamed
The Victorian Supreme Court confirms the Manus Island class action – run by Slater and Gordon – will be live streamed. The court said the live stream was necessary to ensure access to justice for the proportion of class action members who had no prospect of attending.
May – Class action launched against Spotless Group Holdings
Slater and Gordon launches class action against Spotless Group Holdings Ltd for allegedly misleading investors. The claim alleged that Spotless mislead those who bought shares in the between August 25 and December 1, 2015.
May – Two lawyers win at Law Institute of Victoria Awards.
Slater and Gordon Lawyer Kot Monoah wins Law Institute of Victoria’s Rising Star award. Kot, who is also the Chairman of the South Sudanese Community Association of Victoria, is a respected community figure after arriving in Australia as a refugee. Colleen Chen also won Law Student of the Year at the awards.
June – Manus Island class action settlement
Slater and Gordon secures a $70 million settlement in the country’s landmark Manus Island class action, involving 1,905 detainees. The settlement was the largest human rights class action settlement in Australian legal history.
August – Morwell lawyer marks 35 years with Slater and Gordon
Asbestos Lawyer Stephen Plunkett marks 35 years working for Slater and Gordon supporting people (and their families) who have suffered from dust disease. He ran the country’s first asbestos-related lung cancer case in 1991.
September – Wollongong lawyer wins national law award
Slater and Gordon lawyer Melinda Griffiths wins Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards Regional/Suburban Lawyer of the year. Melinda’s experience includes motor vehicle and public liability claims, particularly historical childhood sexual abuse cases.
November – Dubbo lawyer take out regional business award
Slater and Gordon Dubbo lawyer Sheri Carolan named the 2017 NSW Young Business Executive of the Year at the NSW Business Chamber Awards. She was praised for her dedication and skills in supporting clients in regional NSW.
November – Slater and Gordon Health Projects and Research Fund grants announced
December – Country’s first silicosis register
Slater and Gordon launches the country’s first National Silicosis Register, urging Australians who have been exposed to potentially fatal dust, crystalline silica, to come forward. Silica has been found in high concentrations in materials such artificial stone bench tops.
March – Investigation into potential Tathra class action
Slater and Gordon investigates class action on behalf of more than 100 residents who were affected by devastating bushfires in Tathra, New South Wales. The fire destroyed 1,250 hectares in the region earlier in the year.
May – Class action against Australian banks
Slater and Gordon announce class action against Australian banks on behalf of consumers who were seemingly paid worthless credit card insurance. Card holders could have paid tens of millions of dollars for insurance that offered them little or no coverage.
June – Victorian Government delivers legislative change to TAC scheme
The Victorian Government delivers legislation that will support cyclists involved in collisions with parked or stationary vehicles, in consultation with Slater and Gordon Lawyers. The legislative amendment will deliver a number of benefits for Victorians through the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) scheme, which will be retrospective to all accidents on or after July 9, 2014.
August – Slater and Gordon to pursue class action against Bayer over unsafe contraceptive device
Slater and Gordon announces it will pursue a class action against Bayer, after hundreds of women across Australia suffered severe complications after using the Essure contraceptive device.
September – Slater and Gordon to take on the banks in ‘Get Your Super Back’ campaign
Slater and Gordon announces the ‘Get Your Super Back' campaign in the wake of the Financial Services Royal Commission. Slater and Gordon announces it will take on the big banks on behalf of millions of Australians whose super funds may have been gouged by bank-owned superannuation funds, through a series of class actions.
October – First ‘Get Your Super Back’ class action filed
Slater and Gordon files the first class action of its ‘Get Your Super Back’ campaign: a claim against the Commonwealth Bank and Colonial First State that could exceed $100 million. The action alleges Colonial First state invested the retirement savings of its members with its parent bank, CBA, where it received uncompetitive bank interest rates.
October – Court approves Provident class action settlement
Slater and Gordon wins class action against the trustees of Provident Capital Limited on behalf of approximately 1,900 Australians who suffered financial losses after investing in the collapsed debenture issuer.
January – Australian Law Reform Commission report into class actions and third party litigation funders
Slater and Gordon welcome the release of the Australian Law Reform Commission's Report into class actions, following its 12-month inquiry into class action proceedings and third party litigation funders.
February – Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry
The final report on the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry was tabled in the Federal Parliament on 4 February 2019. Slater and Gordon welcome the findings of the report which, among other things, found that bank-owned superannuation trustees did not act in the best interest of their members.
March – Historic Western Australian bushfire win
Slater and Gordon wins historic case for Western Australians affected by the 2014 bushfires in Parkerville, Stoneville and Mount Helena. The Supreme Court of Western Australia ruled in favour of 189 residents to receive compensation for damages caused by the bushfires, which destroyed 57 homes and severely damaged many more.
May – Helping protect Victorians from deadly silica dust
Thanks to Principal Lawyer Claire Setches’ tireless advocacy work to protect workers from developing silicosis, with respiratory specialist Dr Ryan Hoy, the Victorian Government announced a state-wide ban on uncontrolled dry cutting of materials that contain crystalline silica dust.
They lobbied, together with The Victorian Trades Hall Council and The Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU), State Government MPs, regulatory bodies and State Government departments, for a change in work practices and to bring this epidemic to everyone’s attention.
June – $42 million settlement achieved in Murray Goulburn class action
Slater and Gordon settled the class action against Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co Limited for $42 million. The class action was commenced in August 2018, but settlement was reached without having to go through a four-week trial, which had been scheduled for February 2020.
June – Second Get Your Super Back class action filed
In the wake of the Banking Royal Commission, Slater and Gordon filed the second class action in the Get Your Super Back campaign series. The class action against AMP – filed on 26 June – is on behalf of on behalf of more than two million Australians who have been gouged excessive fees on their superannuation accounts.
September – Third Get Your Super Back class action filed
In the wake of the Banking Royal Commission, Slater and Gordon filed its third Get Your Super Back campaign class action. This time, against Westpac subsidiaries BT Funds Management Limited and Westpac Life Insurance Services Limited.
October – Fourth Get Your Super Back class action filed
In October, the firm filed its fourth Get Your Super Back class action against Colonial First State on behalf of potentially 500,000 Australians.
November – NAB consumer credit insurance class action settled
Slater and Gordon agreed to a $49.5-million settlement with NAB and MLC Limited in its class action over consumer credit insurance for credit cards and personal loans. This settlement was the first in the wake of the Banking Royal Commission, and will benefit tens’ of thousands of Australians.
November – Settlement reached in Bellamy’s class action
Bellamy’s Australia Limited agreed to settle two shareholder class actions brought against it in 2017 – one of which was filed by Slater and Gordon. The two class actions – which were case managed together – settled for a total of $49.7 million.