Qualification(s): LLB (Hons), BA, GradDip LegPrac
Anika Wells is a lawyer in Maurice Blackburn’s Brisbane office. She helps people with compensation claims for injuries sustained at work, in a motor vehicle accident or as a result of public liability, as well as social justice issues.
Anika has a strong social conscience and focuses on projects that drive progress with purpose. Before joining Maurice Blackburn in 2014, she worked for five years as an adviser in the Federal government. Anika holds an Honours Degree in Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Griffith University, and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Australian National University. She was admitted to practice law in 2012.
“For many of us, what we do forms part of the core of our identity,” says Anika.
“Unfortunately, many of my clients are not able to work again due to circumstance. Working for them to improve how the rest of their lives may now unfold is deeply fulfilling.
“I am encouraged to take on the difficult cases. It’s immensely satisfying to win the more complex outcomes – ones that seemed almost unattainable for our clients when they walked in the door with just a slight a hope we could help.
“I am inspired by my clients – and often their loved ones – who demonstrate truly galvanizing resilience and courage in times of adversity. Sometimes the best outcome isn’t necessarily a legal one. I am always honest and frank with my advice on what is in their best interests.”
Anika also uses her public policy and political skills when representing clients through our social justice practice. She was part of the legal team representing baby Ferouz, who was born in Australia to parents seeking asylum in our country who were detained on Nauru.
Anika is currently working on a number of claims for people injured at the offshore processing facilities in Nauru and Manus Island.
“I am very grateful to be able to work for Australia’s leading social justice law firm and pursue cases that generate sweeping ramifications for Australian public policy.”
In her spare time, Anika is a regular contributor in her local community. This includes volunteering at the Nundah Community Legal Clinic and previously at the Moreton Bay Regional Council Community Legal Clinic. Anika is also passionate about strengthening community, and co-founded her local Chermside ParkRun, where she remains a Run Director. She also volunteers at her local Zonta Club and for the YWCA.
Anika is currently on parental leave.
Memberships & accreditations
- Queensland Law Society member
- Australian Lawyers Alliance member
- Australian Women Lawyers member
- Queensland Women Lawyers Association member
- Maurice Blackburn Women’s Network committee chair
- YWCA Queensland member
- Griffith University Alumni
- Australian National University Alumni