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Rebecca Gilsenan

Rebecca Gilsenan is a Principal Lawyer in Maurice Blackburn's class actions department in Sydney.  She has extensive experience in running complex and novel litigation, including class actions in the areas of price fixing, failed investment schemes, product liability and securities. Best Lawyers has listed Rebecca as one of the top class actions lawyers in Sydney. Rebecca's major cases have included: a class action against Amcor Limited and Visy Board Pty Ltd resulting in $95 million settlement for thousands of victims of the companies price fixing and market rigging conduct a series of class actions regarding failed heart devices a class action regarding failed Smith & Nephew macrotextured knee implants landmark litigation for a child immigration detainee against the Commonwealth and detention centre operators regarding the child's treatment in immigration detention a constitutional challenge in the High Court a class action regarding investments in a property trust, and a group action for investors in a failed property investment scheme. She is currently working on: a test case about whether human genes can be patented a shareholder class action against Leighton Holdings a class action against various airlines for price fixing in the air cargo industry a class action in relation to failed knee implants a shareholder class action against Gunns Limited a class action against various airlines for price fixing in the air cargo industry, and a class action in relation to failed DePuy LCS Duofix knee implants Rebecca also acts for Greenpeace Australia Pacific Limited. Rebecca has been a contributor on legal matters with various media outlets. In 2011, she was a weekly contributor and blogger with The Daily Telegraph newspaper.  In 2012, Rebecca was a weekly contributor to Network Ten's national morning television program Breakfast as their weekly expert on legal matters. Memberships & accreditations Public Interest Advocacy Centre Board member UNSW Law School Advisory Council member Guthrie House former Board member Awards Best Lawyers 2018 - class actions lawyer in Sydney Listed by the AFR as one of the best class action lawyers in Australia in 2016 Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Pro Bono Award finalist 2016 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Pro Bono Award finalist, 2015 NSW Women Lawyers Partner of the Year finalist, 2015 ...

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Malcolm Cumming

Office leader

Malcolm Cumming has worked as a litigation lawyer since 1997, joining Maurice Blackburn in 1999 and being appointed to Principal in 2010. He is the office manager of the Ringwood office, and also sees clients in Box Hill and Lilydale. In addition to his law degree, Malcolm is a Law Institute of Victoria Personal Injury accredited specialist. Doyles Guide lists Malcolm as a leading lawyer in motor vehicle accident compensation in Victoria. Malcolm works exclusively in TAC matters, obtaining compensation for clients injured in transport accidents. He also has experience in various personal injury areas including running the firm's Commonwealth Compensation practice and providing advice in the area of superannuation and disability insurance. Malcolm is a member of the Litigation Section of the Law Institute of Victoria. Awards Doyles Guide - Motor Vehicle Accident Compensation Lawyers, Vic - Leading lawyer, 2016 Doyles Guide - Motor Vehicle Accident Compensation Lawyers, Vic - Leading lawyer, 2017 ...

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Jennifer Kanis

Senior Associate

Jennifer Kanis is an experienced social justice senior associate and head of Maurice Blackburn’s social justice practice. Jennifer is based in our head office in Melbourne, and provides legal services to people throughout Australia....

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Craig Parrish

Associate

Craig Parrish is a superannuation and insurance Associate practising in Maurice Blackburn’s Melbourne office. Craig graduated from La Trobe University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Laws(Hons) and Bachelor of Psychological Science. Craig joined Maurice Blackburn in 2011, and spent the first five years of legal practice representing injured workers in claims for statutory and common law compensation under the Victorian WorkCover scheme. Craig now helps people who are unable to work due to an injury or illness by assisting them in challenging the rejection of their superannuation and insurance claims. He is passionate about getting a fair outcome for his clients by pursuing all possible legal entitlements, while providing clear and honest advice at all stages throughout the process. “I was attracted to practicing law because I knew it would enable me to advocate on behalf of those who really needed it; those who had been poorly treated and now find themselves caught up in a complicated scheme, and to actually make a tangible difference to their lives,” says Craig. “The most rewarding aspect of working in this area of law is knowing that my clients are placing their trust in me as I help them to understand and navigate the complex legal system towards the best possible outcome.” Craig has previously volunteered at the Mental Health Legal Centre, the Whittlesea Community Legal Centre, the Diamond Valley Legal Service and Victoria Legal Aid. He is also a passionate supporter of the Melbourne Football Club. Memberships  & accreditations Law Institute of Victoria member Law Institute of Victoria Young Lawyers member Australian Lawyers Alliance member Awards Law Institute of Victoria Emerging Lawyer of the Year finalist 2016 ...

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Andrew Simpson

National Head of Wills and Estate Planning

When it comes to challenging or defending a Will, Andrew Simpson is the lawyer you want fighting for you. He is a Principal Lawyer and the head of Maurice Blackburn’s national Wills and Estates Law practice, based in Melbourne. Andrew has 20 years’ experience as a lawyer and for the past 18 of these years he has practiced in Wills disputes and estate planning, so he understands the many sides to estate law. Andrew is so passionate about this area of law that in 2012 he wrote the plain English guide to estate planning, You Can’t Take it With You. Andrew works exclusively in Will disputes at Maurice Blackburn, helping clients fight for their rightful entitlements every day. He is a very approachable, compassionate lawyer who has an ability to build an easy rapport with his clients. “My early life as a lawyer was spent assisting clients with estate planning issues,” says Andrew. “This advice often involved advising clients on the extent to which their Will was at risk of a challenge. I developed a deep understanding of the issues that gave rise to a right to challenge a Will. I then began assisting people who were unfairly treated by being cut out of the Will or getting a smaller benefit than they believed was owed to them. “The most rewarding part of working in Will disputes is being able to help people obtain access to estate funds in circumstances where they are in financial need. This is life changing for most clients.” Andrew holds Bachelor degrees in Arts and Law, and a Masters in Law. He was awarded the Churchill Fellowship in 2004, and visited Canada, the United States and the UK to examine international approaches to estate planning and elder law. “I am driven because I know that I can use the law to significantly improve a client’s quality of life,” says Andrew. Accreditations & Memberships Law Institute of Victoria member Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners member ...

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Josh Bornstein

National Head of Employment Law

Josh Bornstein is a Principal Lawyer at Maurice Blackburn, based in Melbourne. He is the head of the firm’s national Employment Law department and is a member of the Maurice Blackburn Board. Rated by Doyle's Guide as Australia's leading employment lawyer for employees, Josh has 20 years’ experience as an employment lawyer, advising executive and managerial clients throughout Australia, as well as expatriate executives in Asia and Europe. He is available to consult with interstate and international clients by Skype. Josh is a skilled and strategic litigator with extensive experience regarding: employment contracts, restraint of trade, adverse action, unlawful discrimination, redundancy, disciplinary investigations, workplace bullying, sexual harassment and industrial disputation. Josh aims to resolve cases prior to litigation, and has negotiated numerous substantial out-of-court settlements. In all cases, he is vigilant about the protection of his client’s reputation. Josh is recognised as the top ranking Australian and Melbourne employment lawyer for employees in Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2013-2018, and is listed by the renown Expert Guides as among the best employment lawyers in the world. His legal achievements are extensive and include: Obtained the reinstatement of Rohan Brown, the Deputy Principal of Trinity Grammar School after the controversial decision to sack him Settled an unlawful discrimination class action against the Commonwealth for $100 million Represented the Victorian Government Ombudsman in a workplace investigation in 2015 Represented the incoming CEO of a listed property company in negotiating the terms of her employment contract Represented the Chief of Staff to a Victorian Government Minister whose workplace bullying complaint was investigated and upheld Obtained a seven-figure settlement for an unpaid bonus for a senior executive Obtained court orders preventing a hospital terminating the employment of a Nursing Unit Manager in 2015 Represented Essendon Football Club in ASADA's investigations during 2013-2014 Obtained a seven-figure settlement for a senior, long serving employee, after first taking urgent court action to prevent his employment being unlawfully terminated' Acted for the Fair Work Ombudsman in its prosecution of an employer who failed to offer a suitable position to an employee returning to work from maternity leave Confidentially resolved the cases of two female air traffic controllers in Federal Court proceedings who alleged prolonged sex discrimination and severe workplace bullying, and Josh is a highly-regarded and widely published legal commentator. He has contributed to academic and industry journals, and his opinion pieces on employment issues have been published in the mainstream media both nationally and internationally, including the Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and The Guardian. His interest in disciplinary processes is informed by his role as Deputy Chair of a disciplinary tribunal in the horse racing industry. Memberships & accreditations Law Institute of Victoria Member Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law Advisory Board Member (University of Melbourne) 2004 - ongoing Workplace Relations Section Executive Committee Member 2007-14 Maurice Blackburn Director 2004 - ongoing Australian Journal of Labour Law Editorial Committee Member 2012 - ongoing Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board Deputy Chair 2013 - ongoing Australia Institute Director 2016 - ongoing Centre for Future Work Advisory Committee 2016 - ongoing Centre for Enployment and Labour Relations Law Advisory Board 2016 - ongoing Tzedek President 2012-14 Per Capita Director 2008-2014 State Trustees Director 2010-2012 Awards Doyle's Guide Melbourne Preeminent Employment Lawyer 2018 Doyle's Guide Melbourne Preeminent Employment Lawyer 2017 Expert Guides Best Employment Lawyers Worldwide 2017 Doyle's Guide Australian Market Leader Employment Lawyer 2016 Doyle's Guide Melbourne Preeminent Employment Lawyer 2016 Doyle's Guide Preeminent Employment Lawyer 2015 Doyle's Guide Market Leader Employment Lawyer 2014 Certificate of Service for Outstanding Contribution to the legal profession and Law Institute of Victoria 2014 Doyle's Guide Pre-eminent Employment Lawyer 2013 ...

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Dimi Ioannou

National Head of Public Liability and Consumer Protection

Dimi Ioannou is a Principal Lawyer and Practice Group Leader at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers in charge of the firm’s Public and Product Liability team in Melbourne. Dimi is an accredited specialist in personal injury law. Dimi works in the area of public liability and represents clients in a wide range of consumer law litigation involving different product liability claims. Dimi also represents families at coronial inquests, acting on behalf of the families of those who have died as a result of negligence, and she is a senior member of the firm's national sexual and institutional abuse compensation team and has a particular interest in bringing claims for the survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She is specially trained in trauma informed practice which ensures she works with clients to access justice in a way that recognises the complex trauma they have suffered. Dimi has also represented hundreds of road accident clients who have lodged compensation claims with the Transport Accident Commission. Dimi is passionate and committed about defending the rights of her clients’ entitlements. She knows that the legal world can be daunting, therefore, makes the process as easy as possible for those she is advocating on behalf of. She has provided legal advice to many Maurice Blackburn clients and has been active in litigation in both the County and Supreme courts. She also advocates in many forums for the rights of those who have sustained serious injuries. “We’ve been helping clients for almost 100 years at Maurice Blackburn, and public safety is something I take very seriously. It’s important that people know they are protected if something goes wrong through the negligence of someone else and I pride myself on achieving a just outcome for those affected”. Dimi speaks fluent Greek and is actively involved in Melbourne’s Greek community. Accreditations & memberships Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Personal Injury Specialist Australian Lawyers Alliance member Law Institute of Victoria Public Liability Committee member Law Institute of Victoria Litigation Lawyers Executive Committee member  Leadership program, Mt Eliza Business School, 2014  ...

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Katie Robertson

Senior Associate

Katie Robertson is a Senior Associate in Maurice Blackburn’s Melbourne office, working on social justice cases. “I am passionate about representing those often silenced or overlooked by the law, and in furthering causes of social justice,” says Katie. “Maurice Blackburn is a firm that is not afraid to stand up for what matters. I feel proud to work for a firm that truly believes in social justice, and is not afraid to take a stand about what is the right thing to do.” Katie’s key cases include the Baby Ferouz matter which involved successfully preventing the transfer of over 100 Australian born asylum seekers and their families to Nauru, ultimately securing their release from immigration detention. She also successfully acted in a class action on behalf of intellectually disabled workers who were underpaid by the Federal Government under a discriminatory wage assessment tool called BSWAT. Katie’s most recent case involved a class action on behalf of asylum seekers who suffered injury while detained on Christmas Island. The lead plaintiff was a 6 year-old-girl whose claim was successfully settled for the serious harm she suffered as a result of allegedly poor medical treatment. “I am inspired by the people I represent. Spending time with my clients and their families and sharing their stories always reminds me why I do this work, and gives me the energy to fight on,” says Katie. After originally joining Maurice Blackburn as a trainee lawyer, Katie moved to Alice Springs where she worked at Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service, before heading overseas to work as the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia on behalf of victims of the Khmer Rouge. She has also worked as a senior political advisor to a federal senator providing strategic advice pertaining to the Senator’s portfolios with a particular focus on Australia’s treatment of refugees. At Maurice Blackburn, Katie has applied her extensive human rights experience in the firm's social justice practice. Never one to shy away from hard work, she is also currently completing a Masters of Public and International Law. Katie is currently on parental leave. Accreditations & memberships Law Institute of Victoria member Victorian Women Lawyers member Awards Shortlisted - Australian Human Rights Commission Children’s Law Award for Outstanding Legal Representation, 2014 ...

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