Practice area(s): Work related injuries
Location(s): Melbourne
Qualification(s): BA, LLB (Hons)

Liberty Sanger is a Principal, Board member and Practice Group Leader at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, co-leading the Victorian WorkCover and Road Accident injuries (TAC) departments. Liberty is a qualified Law Institute of Victoria Personal Injury Accredited Specialist and she is recognised by the prestigious Doyles Guide as one of only five leading lawyers in workers' compensation in Victoria.

Liberty says she became a lawyer to help people.

“I love getting excellent results for my clients. The process of obtaining compensation can be very stressful and confusing. Having to navigate your way through the WorkCover system at the same time as dealing with the consequences of your injury and the permanent changes to your life and life plans can be completely overwhelming. Knowing this, I am driven to make sure that I take that stress away from my clients and get them the best result possible. I have been told by many clients that having Maurice Blackburn on their side from the beginning of their claim took a load off their mind, and that the compensation I have obtained for them has made a real difference to their lives. Knowing the approach to my work and the outcomes I achieve has had that impact on their lives is incredibly satisfying.”

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 unique self to work and thrive in an accepting and supportive environment. She has also been appointed Chair of the Victorian Government’s Equal Workplaces Advisory Council as part of their Gender Equality Strategy. The Council has been asked to identify government action that will promote the achievement of gender equality, to identify promote and publish good practice examples of initiatives that work to promote gender equality and to consider the issues and linkages relating to pay equity, equality and productivity to achieve equitable outcomes for women and men.

"While we've achieved a lot, there is still a long way to go. When you look at the data, you see significant gaps in the areas of pay, leadership and workforce participation, and a grossly disproportionate representation of women affected by family violence, bullying and harassment. And there can’t be any explanation for this other than differential treatment of the genders. The good news is that we can take action to redress all of these things. While it will take courage and leadership from all of us to do so, we will all benefit when we get there," says Liberty.

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. A self-confessed “committed unionist and opinionated chatterbox”, Liberty regularly voices her views on The Friday Wrap with Jon Faine on 774 Melbourne radio, by reviewing newspapers on ABC News Breakfast with Virginia Trioli and Michael Rowland, and as a regular panelist on Politics HQ on Sky TV. She has also been a guest on the 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
  • Maurice Blackburn Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee Chair (2017-present)
  • Melbourne Olympic Parks Trust Member (2017-present)
  • Equal Workplaces Advisory Council Chair (2017-present)
  • McKell Institute Advisory Board member (2016-present)
  • YWCA Life Member
  • 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)

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Awards

  • Doyles Guide - Work Injury Compensation Lawyer, Vic - Leading lawyer, 2016, 2017