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About Maurice Blackburn

Fairness is a universal right, not just for the chosen few.

If the right to be heard, be free, be safe or be equal is compromised for one person, then we risk everyone’s rights, too. Because a society that’s unjust to others, is a society that’s unjust to all. From the time we were founded by trade unionist and lawyer Maurice Blackburn in 1919, we have had a strong commitment to workers’ rights and social justice.

In 1919, Maurice Blackburn – a man whose sense of civil liberty was ahead of his time – set the course for social justice in Australia. In the time since, his law firm has contributed to some of Australia’s most influential legal decisions, from the 40-hour week and equal pay for women and Indigenous workers, to the fight against patenting of human genes and the largest class action settlement in Australian history. And the legacy grows as we continue to protect the exploited, free the wrongfully detained and hold the big names to account. Although we’ve been leading the charge for almost a century now, as far as we’re concerned, the fight for fair has only just begun.

Our Values

Justice

We’re for the little guy. We believe everyone deserves access to justice regardless of their financial means, whether they’re an individual or a group of shareholders.

Fairness

We recognise that our clients put their trust in us to make the most of their shot at justice. So we work as a team to fight for a fair result for our clients. It’s the right thing to do.

Compassion

It’s one thing to understand what someone is going through when the chips are down. It’s another to feel genuine compassion. At Maurice Blackburn we treat our clients and our colleagues like real people. We care about each other, and we’re not afraid to take thing personally.

Tenacity

Every day, Maurice Blackburn people are faced with a job that’s as complex as it is challenging. Good. We’ve never been afraid of the tough stuff. We approach hard work and big cases with a restless tenacity that is truly unique amongst our peers.

We have delivered thousands of compensation settlements for Australians who have suffered workplace accidents, or been victims of negligence and unfair practices. We believe that fairness is a universal right, not just for the chosen few. That’s why we fight for the rights of everyday Australians.

Your Maurice Blackburn team

Rod Hodgson

State Managing Principal

Brisbane
(07) 3016 0333

Michelle James

Queensland Head of Work Injuries

Brisbane
(07) 3014 5008

Benefits for being an UWU member

Find out what our specialist lawyers can do for you

As a member of the UWU you have the bonus advantage of having Maurice Blackburn in your corner. We have an almost 100-year history of fighting for Australians to get a fair go. And we have fought alongside and on behalf of trade unions every step of the way. That's almost a century of providing successful and innovative legal advice to trade unions across Australia, covering workplace disputes, industrial action, good faith bargaining, breaches of awards and agreements, and union right of entry matters.

After a hundred years' experience under our belts, we’ve become experts at protecting and enhancing union members' rights. Which is why we are Australia's leading trade union law firm. 

As an UWU member your membership gives you access to:

Our specialist team of lawyers can be relied upon to:

  • be available when you need us and rapidly respond
  • perform reliably and dependably
  • use our unparalleled geographic spread of offices throughout Australia
  • keep you updated with developments on the legal landscape which may have implications for your members, their risk exposures, and for your organisation
  • achieve the highest volume of media coverage if necessary
  • avoid any conflict of interest, or even the appearance of possible conflict
  • remain loyal and discreet in our dealings with you.

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