Qualification(s): LLB (Hons) BCA
Jacinta Lewin is Special Counsel in the social justice practice of Maurice Blackburn's Melbourne office. Jacinta originally joined the firm in 2009 after completing her studies at the University of Melbourne.
Jacinta is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia. She has extensive experience as the previous National Practice Manager of the Maurice Blackburn's Comcare Practice where she worked exclusively for workers falling under the federal workers' compensation schemes—including under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act (Comcare), Seafarers legislation and Military Compensation schemes.
In 2016, Jacinta took a 12-month leave of absence to further develop her knowledge and experience working as a Senior Legal Adviser at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. There she worked on legal cases and projects under the Equal Opportunity Act and the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act.
As a human rights lawyer and federal workers' compensation expert, Jacinta is constantly advocating for outcomes that help people access their fundamental rights. Her work has a strategic focus on achieving systemic outcomes in complex areas of law, including torts law and administrative law matters. She is a tenacious advocate.
"Achieving great outcomes for my clients is very satisfying. So is having the opportunity to meet and work for people from a broad range of backgrounds and cultures." says Jacinta.
Jacinta is a passionate and experienced solicitor who enjoys making the law real and meaningful for everyday people. She strongly believes that as a lawyer she has a responsibility to advocate in a committed manner that maximises her clients' access to justice and equity.
"I was drawn to working within challenging legal schemes where high quality practitioners were needed to ensure that clients can access their full entitlements and rights."
Jacinta's combination of empathy and experience is evident in the consistency of results she gets for her clients. She has won numerous cases in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and in the Federal Court. She has also been the lead solicitor on legal interventions under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities during her time at the Victorian Human Rights Commission. Jacinta's recent cases include litigating numerous cases involving the transfer of sicking children and adults off Nauru for urgent medical care, supporting women’s reproductive rights when acting for the Fertility Control Clinic in a recent High Court Challenge to Safe Access Zone Laws, and cases involving consumer rights and irresponsible lending practices.
Jacinta is the Chairperson of the Human Rights Committee at the Law Institute of Victoria and was a founding Co-Chair of the Maurice Blackburn Diversity Committee and worked in this role for 6 years. She passionately believes lawyers have a responsibility to service their community through their work.
Memberships & accreditations
- Chair, Law Institute of Victoria Human Rights Committee
- Law Institute of Victoria member
- Australian Lawyers Alliance
- Law Council of Australia Federal Litigation and Refugee Law Section member
- Maurice Blackburn’s Cultural Diversity Group founding Co-Chair
- Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards Pro Bono Program of the Year, 2018