Practice area(s): Class actions
Location(s): Brisbane
Qualification(s): LLB (Hons)

Vavaa Mawuli is a class actions Principal in Maurice Blackburn’s Brisbane office.

Vavaa is a determined and hardworking lawyer, driven by a commitment to social justice and the belief that the socio-economic status of an individual should not be a barrier to obtaining justice through the legal system. This commitment saw her join the firm in 2012, becoming an integral part of a team that actively works to remove barriers to accessing justice for people who have suffered loss at the hands of corporate and governmental wrongdoers.

“Since becoming a lawyer over 10 years ago, I have dedicated my career in the law to working as an advocate for socially and economically disadvantaged members of the community,” says Vavaa.

Vavaa has amassed significant litigation, advocacy and dispute resolution experience during her legal career across a number of public interest and social justice roles. She is currently working on the class action regarding the operation of the Wivenhoe Dam and the subsequent flooding in South East Queensland in January 2011, and a class action on behalf of individuals, clubs, businesses and not-for-profit organisations that suffered economic loss due to the outbreak of equine influenza in eastern Australia in August 2007.

“Since moving into class actions, I’ve found that the most rewarding thing about my work is the change in scale of what we are able to accomplish. I'm now able to use the legal system to redress injustices on behalf of multiple victims of a mass wrongdoing, and at the same time use that system to force change and prevent further occurrences of the same wrongdoing.”

Before joining Maurice Blackburn, Vavaa worked as a strategic litigation lawyer at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in Sydney where she conducted public interest cases including a class action in conjunction with Maurice Blackburn against the State of New South Wales over the false imprisonment of children by police. She also acted for Aboriginal workers deprived of their wages and entitlements by previous State governments, and as a criminal defence lawyer in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory and for Aboriginal Legal Services in Sydney.

Accreditations & memberships

  • Queensland Law Society member

Senior associate finalist 2015