Qualification(s): LLB (Hons), B.A.
Tom Ballantyne is a Principal Lawyer and the head of Maurice Blackburn’s medical negligence department in Victoria. He is a Law Institute of Victoria Personal Injury Accredited Specialist, is listed in the prestigious Doyles guide, and is the Australian Lawyers Alliance Victorian President. Tom sees clients in Melbourne, Dandenong and Frankston. Tom joined the firm as a trainee lawyer in 2006, and has practiced exclusively in medical negligence claims since 2007. He also spent two years working in the United Kingdom.
“I was led to practice law at Maurice Blackburn because I always wanted to work in an area that would make a difference to people. It’s rewarding to help people navigate a distressing and sometimes life-changing experience. I’m inspired by helping people achieve a measure of justice and financial stability.”
Tom’s skills include running complicated litigation across all areas of health care – obstetrics, delay in diagnosis, orthopaedics and emergency departments. He has achieved significant results for clients including settling cases involving catastrophic injuries and lifetime care needs, and is one of three Maurice Blackburn lawyers listed by the prestigious Doyles Guide as a leading lawyer in his field.
“I provide legal advice and act for people injured by malpractice and poor medical treatment, such as birth injuries, delay in diagnosis of cancer and other diseases, orthopaedic and other types of surgery, wrongful birth, catastrophic injuries, and fatal accidents."
Tom also represents families at Coronial Inquests, acting on behalf of the families of people who have died following poor medical treatment.
Tom also has a passion for promoting medical law issues in the community. He is the author of The Legal Prescription blog, which covers topical legal and medical issues. He has also been published in the Law Institute Journal.
Memberships & accreditations
- Law Institute of Victoria Member
- Law Institute of Victoria Personal Injury Accredited Specialist
- Australian Lawyers Alliance Victorian President
- Australian Lawyers Alliance State Committee Medical Negligence Representative
- Doyles Guide - Medical Negligence Compensation Lawyer, Vic - Leading lawyer, 2016
- Doyles Guide - Medical Negligence Compensation Lawyer, Vic - Leading lawyer, 2017
- Doyles Guide - Medical Negligence Compensation Lawyer, Vic - Leading lawyer, 2018