Practice area(s): Class actions
Location(s): Melbourne
Qualification(s): BA, LLB (Hons), GAICD

Brooke Dellavedova is one of Australia's most experienced class actions lawyers. She is a Principal Lawyer based in Maurice Blackburn's Melbourne office. Brooke has lead high-profile class actions against some of the largest companies in Australia and around the world, and is currently representing claimants in a number of matters including the Brambles class action, Vocation class action, AMP Super fees class action and Commonwealth Bank of Australia class action.

She has acted for claimants in a number of significant, high profile class actions, including:

  • The Murrindindi-Marysville Black Saturday Bushfire class action, one of the largest class actions in Australian history, which settled in 2015 after claiming $300 million in compensation for survivors of the Black Saturday Bushfires.
  • The QBE Insurance Group Class Action, which settled for $132.5 million in 2017.
  • The Air Cargo class action against major international airlines in relation to the provision of air freight services.
  • The Vitamins class action, the first successful class action for victims of price fixing in Australia.

She also led the team that successfully represented indigenous land owners in their Federal Court challenge to the placement of a nuclear waste dump on Muckaty Station in the Northern Territory.

Brooke has written, presented and drafted submissions to Government on a range of competition and class action issues, and co-authored the Australian chapter of the American Antitrust Institute's International Handbook on Private Enforcement of Competition Law. She is a Guest Lecturer in the Master of Laws program at the University of Melbourne and the Bachelor of Laws program at Victoria University.

Brooke has a particular interest in women's justice. She has been a convenor of the firm's Women's Network, was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the Women in Class Action networking event, and was formerly a director of Australian Women Lawyers and assistant convenor of Victorian Women Lawyers.

Brooke holds Honours in Laws from the University of Melbourne and was admitted to practice law in 2000. She was appointed to Principal in 2010.

Memberships

  • Law Institute of Victoria member
  • Law Council of Australia Business Law Section Competition and Consumer Committee member
  • International Bar Association member
  • Victorian Women Lawyers member
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors, graduate of Company Directors Course

Awards

  • General Excellence - Private Practice Award, Victorian Women Lawyers, 2012
  • Australian Law Award Best Dispute Resolution Team, 2015
  • Australian Law Award Best Dispute Resolution Team, 2016