The team behind your Canberra, ACT, Queensland, Gold Coast, and Brisbane compensation claim
From the time of the incident, through rehabilitation, and onward towards your recovery, our staff and our Lawyers will guide you to achieve a successful outcome for your claim.
We have been helping clients like you since 1983 across Brisbane, the Gold Coast and all of Queensland and more recently in Canberra and the ACT, and we know communication with you is key, and you’ve shown this in your hundreds of five star reviews for us. Scroll down to meet the team.
How much compensation will I get for my accident and injury?
Meet your compensation lawyers
James Madden | Managing Director
Our Managing Director, James, has represented clients who, through no fault of their own, have suffered as a result of somebody else’s actions. Imagine finding yourself hurt and then having an insurer make you jump through hoops before you can get access to much needed treatment. James has seen it all.
He has spent years battling the powerful “Goliaths” of the insurance industry to make sure his clients settle for best (and often without the need to go through a protracted trial). There are no issues in your case that he hasn’t seen, and dealt with, many times before.
With his honest, caring and straight-talking approach, James has successfully represented hundreds (actually, it is probably thousands) of clients in relation to their:
- Car compensation claims
- Work incident compensation claims
- Slip & Fall/Public Liability compensation claims
- Professional negligence compensation claims
James doesn’t spend all of his time in the office and values the work/life balance. He loves music and really gets a thrill out of trying to make the perfect Spotify playlist (even if his favourite music is Country music – cringe).
And when he is not doing that, he is brainwashing his two young children on the finer points of cheering for the world’s greatest football team (and we all know who that is, right?).
Connect with James on Twitter @GoldCoastLawyer
Award winning compensation lawyers, winning compensation for you
- We are a member of the Australian Lawyers Alliance
- We are a member of the Gold Coast District Law Association
- We are core members of Law Australasia and we hold the following awards with them:
- Outstanding Achievement in Practice Award 2006 ;
- Pursuit of Excellence 2010; & Outstanding Achievement 2011;
- Pursuit of Excellence – Process and Procedures 2016.
- Pursuit of Excellence – Process and Procedures 2017
- Pursuit Of Excellence – Productivity 2017
- Pursuit Of Excellence – Financial Management 2017
- We’re happy to have had over 38 years of very happy clients who have left many positive reviews
Karen Gibbs | New Client Manager
There are always some people who just go above and beyond in life and makes things extra special. That person IS Karen. Not only does she spoil us (and our waistlines) with her fantastic home cooking, but you’ll also get to be spoiled with all the attention and help you need from the get-go.
Working in the legal industry for an incredible forty years, she is an absolute organisation powerhouse for us, and your compensation claim. Karen makes sure that she and her team have the red carpet rolled out for you from the enquiry stage onward. She will ensure you feel right at home with us, taking all the stress, strain and the paperwork in hand, and reassuring you that we have your back.
Not only our in-house cooking and client expert, Karen is also our pet expert. Puppy schoolteacher for more than twenty years, and owner of two dogs herself. She can assure everyone that the power of “positive reinforcement” works not only on the dogs, but also on husbands and kids.
| Senior Lawyer
(L.L.B, BComm, GradDip LP Accredited Specialist - Personal. litigation– QLD)
Another staff member who is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist, Greg has been a partner in previous law firms before joining us. With many years of extensive experience, Greg knows exactly how to help you, and help you achieve a successful claim.
A family man who loves the outdoors, you’ll be his best friend if you love Rugby Union.
| Senior Lawyer
(LL.B., B.A., GradDip LP)
With us for over 12 years, Prue has dealt with some of our most complex, challenging and unusual compensation claims, many of our which require detailed research and analysis.
Having also studied Linguistics at University, and being an excellent writer in her spare time, (as well as also writing articles for our web sites), Prue’s passion lies in the research, writing and gathering of information, and using that to effect positive change and help client’s lives for the better.
Tim Cooper | Senior Lawyer
Another Lawyer with us for over a decade, Tim has an incredible passion for the law. His knowledge and first-hand experience specialising in all areas including motor vehicle, workplace accidents, and public liability litigation claims has made him someone our clients often ask to work with. He does have some bragging rights here though, as Tim has been recognised as one of Queensland’s leading Plaintiff Public Liability Lawyers, by the State’s Defendant insurance lawyers, for his ability and expertise in the area.
Outside of work, Tim is a dedicated family man and you’ll often find him on the beach with his wife and kids, kicking a ball around, reading a book and dreaming of travel (aren’t we all!). Tim is very active and loves his sport, with a particular interest in gym, tennis, AFL, soccer and golf. He can most definitely tell you some great places to eat and drink from his encyclopaedic knowledge of eateries in and around Brisbane. Tim’s professional adage is that he treats all clients like family members and he will ensure you get the maximum compensation for your claim.
| Lawyer (Associate)
Sydney born, (he asks you don’t hold that against him come State of Origin time) Vaughan started his career as a Lawyer nearly two decades ago. He has acted for both insurance companies, as well as for those affected in motor vehicle and work incident litigation. This dual experience, especially with insurance firms has brought Vaughan a unique perspective to your claims process.
He therefore has gathered an excellent insight into the approach and thought patterns adopted by the insurance firms in how they manage compensation claims. This makes Vaughan one of the most valuable members of our staff, and his insider knowledge has helped hundreds of clients get their lives back on track.
When not working, this early riser is super active. Running, swimming, trail hikes and walks with his partner and Jamali his four-legged Rhodesian Ridgeback friend.
Erin McLeod | Lawyer
(LL.B GradDip LP)
Clearly it seems one of Erin’s callings in life was to work in compensation law. As a result, she has only ever worked in this profession, and we are incredibly spoiled she has only ever worked directly with us and our sister firm, Accident Law.
With us for over thirteen years, she is yet another member of staff who packs in that decade plus of deep insights and knowledge into this specific area of law. It’s all we specialise in, and like Erin, we are very, very good at helping our clients win the most in their compensation claims.
With all her years of practice, Erin has taken on and won some of our most deeply challenging and stressful claims. From severe road crashes and intricate work incidents to some of our more unusual and complex claims.
You’d always want your doctor or surgeon to be the best you can get, and so your lawyer should be exactly the same. Experience really matters, and that is something you’ll see in the hundreds of reviews we get, many of which Erin has played a big part in.
Another fan of dogs, Erin has two cute Dachshunds, which like her workload keep her equally busy. Just to eat up what little time she had left; Erin is also now a proud mum. With yet another beautiful baby around this office, we’re thinking we may soon start our own branded baby clothesline in here.
Angela Symons | Lawyer
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B, GradDipLP)
Not only will she sing your praises in court, our former ‘child star’ (and now ‘star lawyer’), Angela has played the lead role of Annie in Annie the Musical, and represented the hills being alive starring in The Sound of Music at many theatres around Australia such as QPAC.
During some time living in America, she landed several acting roles on TV, even acting out her future career, starring in shows such as Boston Legal!
After an offer of scholarship at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Hollywood, she instead decided to make Australia her home, the law her career, and started working here with us.
Her clients now sing her praises in her many reviews of those she has helped fight for. With the firm for over ten years, Angela has gathered an extensive knowledge in all claim types such as Motor vehicle litigation, Work place claims and Public liability compensation claims.
Given her experience, Angela has handled some of our more complex and challenging claims. She also plays a large role in assisting with the management of the firm and developing our procedures and precedents.
Dan Sutherland | Lawyer
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B, GradDipLP)
Dan has won many awards in his career, including being a ‘leading lawyer’ award from the Doyle’s guide. Packing an impressive sixteen years of law experience, he has been a Principal Lawyer at WorkCover Queensland, as well as a Defense Lawyer for a Queensland CTP Insurer.
WorkCover compensation claims are a highly bureaucratic and complex space, so we and many of our clients are glad he’s on our team. Dan’s rich near two decades experience he has gathered, has not only helped his many clients get the compensation they needed, but got them back to being themselves quickly.
Dan’s busy life does not stop after working hours, as he crams in a full family and social life. He juggles a passion for 80’s movies, video games, (mention Nintendo and watch him smile) Milo the family Dachshund and is still dreaming of getting on to the Golf course one day.
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B, GradDipLP)
He may be one of our newest and youngest lawyers, but Sebastien has already raced by many in his field. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from Griffith University and obtained his Practical Legal Training through Bond University prior to his admission into the legal profession in 2019.
He has been a key researcher for many of our Motor Vehicle Litigation, Public Liability and Workers Compensation claims. Getting the most compensation requires a lot of research into the incident, the location, witnesses, past precedents, and much more. Sebastien has really shown his strength in this area for his clients, and despite his choice of football teams, we still like him.
Outside of work, this ‘Murphy loves to sip a Furphy’ and adores fishing and keeping his golf ball somewhere near the fairway. His other passion in life is quite literally any sport with an oval shaped ball.
Allison Millson | Law Clerk
Allison is yet another pillar of this firm. Now with us for over twenty years, this Netball fan, knows her way around not only the Netball court, but the compensation claim courts. (No more Netball puns-promise!)
She is a real walking treasure trove of knowledge and process design skills, where she is always trying to make things easier in this often-complex legal landscape. This is exactly why it’s all about picking a firm with great staff like Allison who come with such invaluable experience. Those two decades adds an incredible skill and insight when making a claim for you. Thus, she knows how to ‘net’ great compensation returns like no other. (Ok, ok really the last Netball pun.)
She is known to go ‘to the ends of the earth’ to research for claims, and we’ve seen it in all the continually happy clients. Allison’s primary focus is on motor vehicle litigation claims, and she has helped so many over the years get their lives back on track, after some debilitating incidents and hardships.
Allison effortlessly glides between her busy workload, her Netball, and two gorgeous young girls. We would not be the firm we are without her.
Carrisa Myers | Law Clerk
We love our staff, and they seem to love it here too as Carrisa is yet another employee here for nearly ten years. She has a green thumb, and has by her own admission, ‘a million plants’ in her new home. We have it on good authority she may not be wrong…
Carrisa tends to those plants just like her clients, and her reviews show it. She now has vast experience working in all areas of litigation law, including workplace litigation compensation, public liability, and in particular, motor vehicle litigation.
You’ll also find her regularly assisting with the development of our procedures and precedents. Vital tools that help us speed up your claim and get compensation to you quicker.
When she is not fighting with insurance companies for you, Carrisa also loves the outdoors. You’ll find her heading to the beach, going camping and relaxing with a crime thriller, and even a little yoga. She might even bring a little plant along.
Debbie Pollard | Practice Manager
There isn’t much Debbie has not been involved in or experienced in her time here. Being our Practice Manager, she has the honour of being the firm’s second ever employee nearly four decades ago! Basically, she’s the mum of this firm around here, and boy do we love her for it. Not only caring endlessly after all the staff and processes, but clients too.
There is a lot of paperwork in claims between insurance companies, and other lawyers, making her rich experience in this area invaluable. She also ensures this knowledge is passed on to all staff, new and old via regular training sessions and you’ll find her at her happiest, deep in a process manual.
This Christmas and Easter holiday loving lady can often be seen donning a full Santa and Easter bunny suit as the holidays roll around. Even if you’ve been naughty or nice, she’ll still be dishing out treats and other goodies to the staff to keep the wheels turning. In the rare downtime she gets, this busy lady will thank you for a chance to put her feet up with a nice glass of wine.
With us, your compensation claim is in great hands
We are long term and proud members of some of the organisations and groups below. We care deeply about the work we do, our staff and who we associate with.
If you are looking for the best rated compensation lawyers in Brisbane, compensation lawyers on the Gold Coast, or anywhere in QLD, Canberra or the ACT then you’ve came to the right place.
We're here to help and there is no cost to discuss your claim
We know all too well that compensation claims can be confusing, so don’t get lost in the sea of complexities. You’re welcome to just give us a call, chat with you, or send an email to us. We’ll be glad to help you.
There is no cost for the call or to speak to our lawyers, and you’re under no obligation.