Our lawyers are skilled, experienced and dedicated to using the law to do good. They understand the challenges of everyday people and are prepared to stand up against big business and big governments on your behalf. They listen, take the time to understand, provide excellent legal advice and deliver excellent outcomes.
Peter is one of Australia’s most prominent class action lawyers. He has an unrivalled record of fighting for justice for working people, and has conducted many history-making class action cases, as well as a large number of individual actions. He established Gordon Legal to provide an unprecedented legal service to those who need it most.
Peter is also the President of the Western Bulldogs, which reflects his commitment to the community, his love of football and his desire to champion the underdog.
James is a leading class action and asbestos lawyer with extensive management and leadership experience in the law and in government. He has worked on numerous group proceedings, including large scale commercial and shareholder actions. He has extensive experience on advising clients caught up in Commissions of Inquiry and high-profile investigations.
As Managing Partner of Gordon Legal, James brings his labour law values and determination to building and growing Gordon Legal, its lawyers and its staff for the benefit of our clients.
Rachel is one of Victoria’s leading plaintiff personal injury lawyers. She has achieved significant financial outcomes for plaintiffs in WorkCover actions, and is also experienced in acting for people with injuries that occur in public places or on private property, as well as general insurance claims.
Rachel holds a Masters of Law. She has a personal and professional commitment to South West Victoria, has served on community Boards for more than a decade and understands the legal needs of injured people.
Rachel is a regular contributor to her hometown paper, the Geelong Advertiser and has been listed by the prestigious Doyle's Guide Awards 2018 as a leading lawyer in WorkCover and Public Liability.
Paul is one of the most experienced and successful personal injury litigators in Australia, having obtained many millions of dollars in compensation for clients. Paul ran one of the largest medical negligence practices in Australia. He has been instrumental in building our firm and continues to mentor our lawyers and their cases to ensure our clients have the benefit of his decades of experience.
Paul is also a Director for several companies, including the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation.
Andrew is a respected senior lawyer with over 30 years of experience in law and law firm leadership and management.
His work in complex litigation spans commercial, environmental, personal injury and financial loss group and class action cases.
A litigation lawyer since 1989, and later an accredited specialist, it was Andrew’s formative work as a young partner in the 1990s that saw him work on some of the most important class and group action settlements in Australian history.
Becoming CEO and managing director of Slater & Gordon in 2001, he continued his role as a litigation lawyer for some years. He left the firm in 2017 after its decades-long growth and change under his leadership.
He joined Gordon Legal as partner in September 2019, where he continues to work on complex class and group litigation such as the Robodebt class action.
Andrew also provides business consulting and advisory services to small to medium size professional service firms on strategic development, organisational change, leadership development and innovation.
Kirstie is highly experienced in all areas of criminal law. She has 17 years’ experience providing advice and representation to individuals charged with offences or being investigated in relation to a range of legal areas. She ensures the rights of her clients are protected, that they are well informed and expertly represented throughout the court process.
Kirstie is also a member of Amnesty International.
Marcus is our Head of Industrial Law. He is one of Australia’s best-known union industrial lawyers. He has represented a wide range of unions, union officials and union members in industrial litigation, penalty proceedings, two anti-union Royal Commissions, general protections matters, rules disputes, administrative law challenges, coronial inquests, contempt of court cases and criminal prosecutions.
In his over 38 years as a lawyer, Marcus has won a well-deserved reputation for his strategic, practical and industrially and politically astute advice.
Kelly is an accredited specialist in family law. She has a broad range of experience helping clients, including LGBTI couples and families, in all facets of family law, including: parenting and property matters, child support, spousal maintenance, financial agreements and de facto relationship matters.
Kelly follows in the footsteps of her family members who work tirelessly within the trade union movement.
Philip has over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of industrial and employment law. He has represented public and private sector unions in Federal and State industrial tribunals and courts, in many cases appearing himself as advocate. Philip has also advised industry superannuation funds.
Philip is renowned as a formidable strategist for his union clients.
Victoria is an accredited specialist in personal injury law with a particular interest in asbestos litigation. Victoria has over 10 years’ experience in representing those suffering from all forms of asbestos diseases; including mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and asbestos related pleural disease. Victoria is also passionate about achieving compensation for those afflicted by other occupational diseases, such as silicosis and occupational lung cancer.
Victoria has represented clients in a number of jurisdictions around Australia and has been recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a leading lawyer in the area of Dust Diseases.
James is a highly regarded commercial lawyer and litigator. He has successfully brought claims against Australia’s largest banks, stockbrokers and financial institutions. He has also acted for people and organisations subject to investigations by government agencies and has advised industry superannuation funds, unions and corporations on regulatory, governance and directorship issues.
James provides advice on contractual matters, corporate disputes, professional negligence and defamation claims. He also acts in complex matters – such as class actions and group litigation, including the Robodebt class action.
Brad is a specialist in industrial and employment law. He helps unions in their struggle for a fairer society, and achieves successful outcomes for Victorian and national unions and their members. His areas of expertise include: Industrial law advice and litigation, Employment law advice and litigation, and Equal opportunity and Anti-discrimination advice and litigation.
Denis specialises in employment and industrial law. He also advises health practitioners under investigation by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. He is committed to providing the best representation for health professionals and healthcare workers when their livelihoods are under threat.
A former nurse, Denis has experience in legal and healthcare settings in Melbourne and regional Victoria, including as an organiser and industrial officer with the Australian Nursing Federation.
Anastasia is an accredited specialist in personal injury law. She has 10 years’ experience in Workers’ Compensation fighting for the rights of injured workers against large companies and insurers. She has also acted for people injured in motor vehicle accidents as well as in public and private premises.
Anastasia has served as a committee member of the Victorian Branch for the Australian Lawyers Alliance.
Jenny is an accredited specialist in personal injury law. She is dedicated to representing injured people in their fight to access compensation.
Jenny is committed to upholding the values of the union movement and applies her legal skills to the wider community through her role as a volunteer lawyer at West Justice.
In December 2018, Jenny was appointed to the Western Health Foundation Board. She is a passionate supporter of the mighty Western Bulldogs.
Nick is an Accredited Specialist in Workplace Relations. He has broad experience in industrial and employment law, and has represented clients in most of the State and Commonwealth courts, including the appellate jurisdictions. He regularly represents unions and employees in the Federal Court of Australia and the Fair Work Commission.
Tess Dickie is an experienced personal injury lawyer with a background in Asbestos and Dust Diseases and WorkCover litigation. She is passionate about fighting for the right compensation for sufferers of asbestos and dust diseases including mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, asbestos related pleural disease and silicosis.
Tess also has a particular interest in the emerging area of WorkCover compensation claims for sufferers of non-asbestos occupational diseases and cancers, having secured compensation for workers with silicosis, lung cancer, asthma, byssinosis and leukaemia. Tess’s combined experience in WorkCover and lung disease compensation makes her the optimal choice of lawyer for silicosis claims under the Victorian WorkCover scheme.
Tess joined Gordon Legal in 2019, having worked in plaintiff personal injury law for almost 10 years.
Tess is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, Australian Lawyers Association, the Mornington Peninsula Lawyers Association and Asbestos Council of Victoria/GARDS.
Marina is an experienced lawyer who works in employment and industrial law, as well as institutional abuse cases. Before joining Gordon Legal, Marina worked as a lawyer in regional Victoria, acting for workers and employees in personal injury and employment law matters.
Marina volunteers at West Justice in the employment law project that provides assistance to migrants and refugees.
Seb is an experienced member of our legal team. He practises in Employment and Industrial Law. He has represented a number of unions and their members, as well as non-union individuals, in a broad range of legal matters. He aims to deliver practical and pragmatic legal advice tailored to the needs of his clients.
Seb also acts in estate dispute matters and testator’s family maintenance claims.
Lou is an experienced lawyer who has practised throughout her career in many different areas of law including government law, property law and workers compensation.
Her area of greatest passion and expertise is in drafting Wills. Lou recognises everyone’s needs are different when drafting a Will and how important it is to ensure your Will reflects your intentions.
Carol is widely acknowledged for her expertise in anti-discrimination law and also practises in industrial and employment law. She is an honorary Senior Fellow with the University of Melbourne’s Law School, where she lectures at post-graduate level in anti-discrimination law, and is on the Editorial Board of the Employment Law Bulletin.
Carol wrote the chapter on Freedom from Discrimination and Harassment in the Australian Charter of Employment Rights. She received the President’s award from the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations for her advocacy in the Special Family Leave Test Case.
Fiona is an experienced litigator who practises across the Industrial Law and Commercial Law teams. Fiona represents unions and employees in a range of employment and industrial matters, including in proceedings brought by industrial regulators. Fiona acts in various commercial and consumer disputes and provides representation in Coronial Inquests in respect of professional conduct. Fiona has previously worked at the Fair Work Commission as a Conciliator and an Associate to a Deputy President and has a background in the union movement. Fiona is a volunteer and former board member of the Fitzroy Legal Service.
Rachel is an experienced litigator with diverse legal experience across various areas of the law including consumer law, building and construction disputes, fraud, professional negligence, defamation, corporate risk and family law.
Rachel started her legal career in 2007 in commercial litigation, acting in a broad range of commercial matters with a focus on consumer law, professional negligence and defamation.
Rachel has also acted as in-house counsel for a major Australian company and has advised on corporate risk and professional standards matters. Rachel has a special interest in consumer law and professional negligence, bringing a multi-disciplined approach to her practice.
Valerie is an experienced member of our team who works exclusively in Wills, Estates and Will disputes. Assisting clients with their Wills and estate planning means she also provides solid advice on what situations may give rise to challenge a Will. Valerie provides legal advice in relation to will disputes, probate applications, letters of administration and estate administration.
Valerie has also practiced in the Australian Capital Territory, where she worked exclusively in Wills and Estates in the ACT and New South Wales. Valerie was a former council member of the Law Society of the ACT.
Amy has experience in various areas of employment and industrial law including unfair dismissals, civil penalty proceedings under the Fair Work Act, enterprise agreement bargaining and proceedings involving industry regulators. She is passionate about advancing and enforcing workers’ rights. Amy graduated with a masters of law in the UK, focusing on employment law, before studying and gaining admission to practise in Australia.
Kara is our newest member of the Gordon Legal team. She has been working in the personal injury area for over 2 years, assisting clients from their first point of contact. Her empathetic nature combined with her interest in people and her legal background makes her the perfect person to assist and understand our clients’ needs. Kara has a strong commitment to her community and has volunteered in a legal capacity with a number of organisations over the last 5 years.
Hamish has experience in a wide variety of commercial law matters, including contractual and property disputes, consumer law, professional negligence and defamation claims. He also acts in complex proceedings such as class actions and group litigation. Before joining Gordon Legal, he worked as a judicial associate for several judges of the Supreme Court of Victoria, in both the commercial and common law lists. He also worked in a commercial firm specialising in disputes relating to major infrastructure projects such as airports, highways and hospitals.
Gabrielle is a Personal Injury Lawyer who specialises in Workers’ Compensation claims. Gabrielle has over four years’ experience in Personal Injury Law. She has represented people injured at work and in public spaces against employers, insurers and other parties. Gabrielle’s passion for Personal Injury Law began when her mother was injured while working as a nurse and found herself having to navigate the Workers’ Compensation scheme. In representing her clients Gabrielle is passionate about clear communication and compassionately supporting her clients during their claim so they can focus on their health and rehabilitation.
Ana joined Gordon Legal as a paralegal after completing her studies and now works as a Lawyer in the Commercial Law team. Whilst working as a paralegal with the firm, Ana gained experience in class action litigation and commercial law matters. Prior to joining the firm, Ana volunteered at several community organisations including Darebin Community Legal Centre and worked as a paralegal at a preeminent migration law firm. Ana is passionate about achieving positive outcomes for all of her client’s cases- large or small. Prior to completing a Juris Doctor at Monash University, Ana completed a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Studies) at the University of Melbourne
Guy joined Gordon Legal as a paralegal whilst he was completing his studies, and has now taken on a role as a Law Graduate working in the Commercial Law team. Guy is currently undertaking his Practical Legal Training and looks forward to being a practicing solicitor upon completion. Whilst working as a paralegal with the firm, Guy gained exposure to class action litigation as well as industrial and commercial law matters. Guy is passionate about achieving good outcomes for individuals in the civil justice system, particularly through the vehicle of class action litigation. In addition to his law firm experience, Guy has worked in the public sector and in human rights, including at the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Victorian Department of Education. Prior to completing a Juris Doctor, Guy undertook a Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) at RMIT University.
Madison joined Gordon Legal as a paralegal whilst completing her law degree. Throughout her time as a paralegal, Madison gained experience in Commercial Law, Litigation and Class Actions. Madison has now taken on a role as a Law Graduate while she completes her Practical Legal Training to become a Lawyer. Prior to completing her law degree, Madison attained a Bachelor of Science (with majors in Microbiology and Immunology) through the University of Melbourne. Madison hopes to be able to combine her passion for medical sciences with her future legal work.
Isabelle recently completed her Bachelor of Law and Arts degrees at Monash University. She majored in Anthropology, speaking to her passion for social justice and ability to empathise with people from all kinds of backgrounds. During her studies, she gained community legal experience volunteering at Springvale Monash Legal Service. Her work in the Sexual Assault Clinic, assisting with VOCAT Applications, has given her valuable experience dealing with sensitive material. Isabelle prides herself on being compassionate and hardworking, and hopes to establish herself as a lawyer who clients feel comfortable entrusting their personal matters with.
Carol is a highly experienced relationship manager. She has extensive experience in assisting members with a broad range of legal matters, including workers’ compensation, employment law, motor vehicle accidents, criminal and family law. She is the first port of call for members and is highly experienced in managing key relationships in the labour movement.
Carol has been working closely with unions and their members for over a decade, and takes great pride in the collaborative relationships she creates with them.
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