Updated legal assistance:
RECOMMENDED LAWYERS FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS LIST
These lawyers have all been recommended by nurses who have taken on their
employer. It is skewed toward the NT because it is so hard to find a decent
THE LIST (NT, QLD, SA, WA)
1. Ron Hope. Based in Darwin close to the airport. Used to work for the NT health
department as a solicitor. Has a record of successful litigation outcomes for workers
against the NT health and education departments. Also specialises in defamation. Call 08 8945 5557.
2. Cassandra Ellis of Pipers Solicitors in Darwin. Good for Workcover & AHPRA matters.
She is a former AHPRA solicitor and ex nurse. Call 08 8981 4114.
3. Matthew Littlejohn. Maurice Blackburn. Darwin. Does no win no fee. Workers Comp.
Negligence. Running lots of cases for workers against the NT public sector. Meticulous
attention to detail. Call 08 8914 2303. https://www.mauriceblackburn.com.au/our-
4. Shine Lawyers. Gold Coast. Queensland. Does no win no fee. Workcover, litigation,
negligence. Took on Queensland Health with no qualms who settled very quickly once they became involved. Call 07 3084 8415.
5. Chapmans barristers and solicitors. Perth WA Call 08 9325 4500.
http://www.chapmanslawyers.com/ For WA bullying, AHPRA and Workcover cases.
WACHS became totally compliant once these guys represented me. They have had
success versus WACHS. Don’t hand hold but got the job done.
6. Geraldine Hannon of Duncan, Basheer & Hannon. Adelaide. SA. Call 1800 324 324.
Offices all over South Australia. E. firstname.lastname@example.org Employment, Personal Injury.
She is a former nurse and midwife who understand the bullying culture in Health industry.
Known to have got good compensation payouts for nurses. Does no win no fee.
Ron Hope has a shitload of experience fighting NT Department of Education (load of shit). His contact details are on the right hand side of our page:
Or you could visit: http://www.lawsocietynt.asn.au/ to find details of other lawyers.
Best advice we ever gave: GET A LAWYER. Documents to help ur case that can’t be retrieved thru Freedom of Information (FOI) can be gotten thru Legal Discovery instead. GET DIGGIN PEOPLE!!!
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