Road accident injuries
Qualification(s): LLB, BSc
John Voyage is a Principal in Maurice Blackburn’s Melbourne office. He has been the head of the firm’s Victorian TAC department for 20 years and he’s also the head of our national road injury department. John has 35 years experience as a compensation lawyer, and is a Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) Personal Injury Accredited Specialist. He joined Maurice Blackburn in 1982 and has always practised in personal injury law.
It’s the people who matter to John, which is why he was instrumental in introducing an in-house clinical social worker to support Maurice Blackburn’s TAC clients. John saw there were non-legal issues that required a social worker’s support, and this is a service to help clients deal with their situation.
John says he has been privileged to have an intense insight into the lives of thousands of clients, and an opportunity to play an important role in helping them get on with their lives.
“Most of my clients are ordinary people who didn’t imagine that an accident would happen to them, or the consequences if it did. Too many clients feel the TAC treats them with suspicion, rather than with support. My job is to assist these people to make sure they get the best outcome possible. This includes ensuring my clients receive their entitlements quickly, and that the TAC scheme gives them the appropriate support for as long as they have accident-related needs. Every client has a story to tell and every single person’s case is special.”
John has run test cases protecting clients' rights, and extending or clarifying the TAC's responsibilities. His skills include dispute avoidance and dispute resolution, which means he is able to help most clients settle their claims without going to court.
“Winning a dispute with the TAC regarding its contribution for payment of a pair of glasses, or its contribution for the purchase and modification of a motorcar, is just as important as winning a big settlement for a client.”
John takes road safety very seriously, and often speaks on behalf of vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorbike riders. He works closely with the Victorian Motorcycle Council and Motorcycling Australia to raise awareness of riders’ rights and safety. This includes spearheading the popular Stop SMIDSY (Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You) national motorcycle road safety campaign, authoring a submission to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Motorcycle Safety and providing evidence at the inquiry’s public hearing.
John is the leading plaintiff lawyer in the field, and his contribution to the legal profession has been recognised with a prestigious LIV Certificate of Service. John has trained lots of lawyers throughout his career, including many who have developed into leaders. He has been elected to chair the LIV’s TAC Committee for 20 consecutive years, and has co-authored the current protocols by which the TAC aims its focus on delivering compensation to entitled people. He has also authored the chapter on Motor and Traffic Law for legal publisher Lexis Nexis. More broadly, John has also supported outreach groups, and he has held leadership roles for many years on various road trauma legal groups.
In his spare time, John has also been a Cricket Code of Behaviour Commissioner for four years, and he is a keen long distance runner.
Memberships & accreditations
- Law Institute of Victoria Member
- Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law
- Law Institute of Victoria TAC Committee Chair
- Law Institute of Victoria Road Trauma Committee Member
- Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) Member
- ALA Motor Vehicle Accident Special Interest Group former State and National Convenor
- LIV Certificate of Service