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Liberty Sanger

National Head of Injuries
Liberty Sanger

Liberty Sanger is a Principal Lawyer at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, and she leads our national personal injury compensation departments.

Practice Area
Work injury, Road injury
Qualification(s)

BA, LLB (Hons)

Liberty became a lawyer to help people obtain access to justice.

She is driven to right wrongs, to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and that they get the outcome they deserve from the law.

She began her career at Maurice Blackburn as a WorkCover lawyer, working for people who had sustained workplace injuries and required a financial outcome. She went on to become a Practice Group Leader before becoming the National Head of the Personal Injuries Law Division.

“I am committed to ensuring that people who seek help from Maurice Blackburn are treated with dignity and respect, and use our high quality legal expertise to obtain the very best financial outcome we can for them. The process of obtaining an outcome can be overwhelming and confusing. People could be dealing with financial stress, family pressures, loss of self-esteem and alienation from their workplace following an injury. And that is in addition to the pain and fear they have about their recovery and prognosis. All the plans they might have had about their future, including their financial security, can be permanently changed which is understandably scary,” says Liberty.

“ We help them navigate their way through the process and using our expertise, obtain a financial outcome for them.  So many of our clients tell us that having Maurice Blackburn on their side took a load off their mind, and that the financial outcome we were able to obtain for them made a real difference to their lives. I feel enormously proud of the team I lead and our commitment to ensuring everyone who is looked after by Maurice Blackburn is treated well and gets the very best financial outcome possible.”

Liberty is Chair of Maurice Blackburn’s Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee, which is charged with recommending strategies and initiatives to the Board to ensure that every employee feels comfortable to bring their whole self to work and thrive in an accepting and supportive environment. She has also participated in or led a number of equality advisory bodies for the Victorian Government. She is the Chair of the Victorian Government’s Equal Workplaces Advisory Council, was a Co-Chair of the Ministerial Taskforce on Workplace Sexual Harassment, a member of the Inquiry into Economic Equity for Victorian Women and a member of the Ministerial Council on Women’s Equality. She was recognised for her services to the law and the community with inclusion on the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll in 2019 and an OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) in 2021.

She is really proud of having been recognised as Mentor of the Year in the Victorian Legal Awards of the Law Institute of Victoria in 2018.

“Investing time in coaching and mentoring young people is immensely satisfying. They are tomorrow’s future – so I am more than happy to spend time with them, listen to them, share my insights and sponsor their progression where I can. Mentoring happens in both directions by the way – I have learned plenty from listening and seeking advice from our leaders of tomorrow’.

Liberty was raised in Wodonga and stayed true to her roots while progressing social agendas on national platforms through a number of political and community organisations. She has used her legal knowledge and advocacy skills on programs such as the Wrap with Jon Faine on ABC Radio Melbourne, ABC News Breakfast, Politics HQ on Sky TV and ABC’s Q&A TV show.

 Memberships & accreditations

  • Law Institute of Victoria Member
  • Law Institute of Victoria Personal Injury Accredited Specialist
  • Australian Lawyers Alliance Member
  • Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Maurice Blackburn Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee Chair (2017-present)
  • Ministerial Taskforce on Workplace Sexual Harassment Co-Chair (2021)
  • Inquiry into Economic Equity for Victorian Women Member (2021)
  • Ministerial Council on Women's Equality member (2017-2019)
  • Melbourne Olympic Parks Trust member (2017-present)
  • Equal Workplaces Advisory Council Chair (2017-present)
  • The McKell Institute Advisory Board member (2016-present)
  • The McKell Institute Board Member (2019 – present)
  • Emergency Services State Super Fund Board Director (2010-2013)
  • Federation Square Pty/Ltd Board Director (2009-2012)
  • Victoria Law Foundation Board Director (2004-2009)
  • Liquor Control Advisory Council Chair (2006-2009)
  • Media Code of Conduct Working Group on Body Image Chair (2007-2008)
  • YWCA Victoria President, Vice President and Board Member (2000-2006)

 

Awards

  • Doyles Guide - Work Injury Compensation Lawyer, VIC - Leading lawyer, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019; Recommended lawyer 2020
  • Victorian Womens Honour Roll 2019
  • Medal of the Order of Australia 2021 for services to the law and the community
  • Mentor of the Year – Victorian Legal Awards of the Law Institute of Victoria 2018
     

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