11 new heads of legal practice take to Slater and Gordon

10 June 2022 By Emma Ryan

Slater and Gordon has confirmed it has appointed 11 new heads of legal practice to build out its national team.

Slater and Gordon’s new heads of legal practice will support the firm’s national personal injury law, industrial, and employment law practice structure.

The new heads of legal practice are Lily Boskovski – head of public liability; Joanne Wade – head of asbestos and dust diseases; Tim Cummings – head of medical law; Andrew Rich – head of industrial and employment; Stuart Barnett – head of work and road claims, NSW and ACT; Joel Schneider – head of work and road claims, Western Australia; Susan Accary – head of work and road claims, Victoria central and west; Craig Lynch – head of work and road claims, Victoria regional and Sunshine; Ben Gilley – head of work and road claims, Victoria north and east; Peta Yujnovich – head of work and road claims, Queensland; and Sarah Snowden – head of super/total permanent disability (TPD).

Ms Boskovski joined Slater and Gordon in 2013, bringing with her 14 years of experience in personal injury law. She is now an accredited specialist in personal injury law and holds a deep interest in legal technology and its role in delivering better solutions to clients.

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“The resilience and courage of my clients inspires me every day,” Ms Boskovski said.

Ms Wade joined the firm in 2008 and is also an accredited specialist in personal injury law. Throughout her career, she has acted on behalf of clients in major landmark cases.

“I work closely with my clients and their families during what is a very stressful time. My goal is to take the stress out of dealing with the legal system so they can move forward together,” Ms Wade said.

Mr Cummings joined Slater and Gordon in 2017, holding extensive experience in medical law. He has helped numerous clients throughout his career, with a focus on catastrophic injuries and injuries to children and infants.

“I’m proud to work at Slater and Gordon to help everyday Australians access justice in the legal system, and this new opportunity is no exception,” Mr Cummings said.

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Mr Rich joined the firm in 2008 and holds two decades’ worth of legal experience.

“I decided to enter the legal profession to make a difference – to fight for people’s right to dignity and a fair go,” Mr Rich said.

Mr Barnett joined Slater and Gordon in 2006 and has been practising law for 35 years. He is an accredited personal injury law specialist and a notary public.

“I’m motivated by the prospect of helping people through difficult times when they cannot see a way forward and by getting them positive results,” Mr Barnett said.

Mr Schneider has been with the firm since 2000 and has extensive experience in personal injury law with a focus on workers’ compensation, Comcare, seacare, public liability and motor vehicle accidents.

“I’ve dedicated my career to seeking justice for people and supporting them through their journey to the best possible outcome,” Mr Schneider said.

Ms Accary joined the firm in 2008 and has extensive experience in road and work claims. She has skillfully advocated for her catastrophically injured clients and in complex litigation across multiple jurisdictions, a statement from Slater and Gordon explained.

“I’m passionate about fighting for what my clients deserve, with the hope to make their tomorrow better,” Ms Accary said.

Mr Lynch has been with Slater and Gordon since 1997 and is an accredited personal injury law specialist. He holds particular expertise in acting and advocating for those impacted by road trauma. 

“What gets me out of bed each day is a desire to help people when they need it the most,” Mr Lynch said.

Mr Gilley joined Slater and Gordon in 2013, bringing 23 years of experience in personal injury law in both Victoria and England. He, too, is an accredited specialist with the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV).

“I chose a career in law for the chance to make a difference to people during some of the toughest times of their life, and I’m lucky to be able to do that day in and day out,” Mr Gilley said.

Ms Yujnovich has been with Slater and Gordon since 2015 and has worked on a number of successful claims throughout her 15-year career, including a multimillion-dollar settlement for a client who suffered a brain injury in a motor vehicle accident, according to a statement from Slater and Gordon.

“I’ve always felt a strong responsibility to serve the community and change my clients’ lives for the better,” Ms Yujnovich said.

Ms Snowden joined Slater and Gordon in 2016 and holds significant expertise in disability insurance matters.

“My passion for helping others navigate a complex legal system came after seeing a family member struggle without appropriate legal support,” Ms Snowden said.

Slater and Gordon chief executive John Somerville congratulated the group on their new roles, noting that the moves will be supported by senior legal counsel and senior practice leaders to support the national structure and drive excellence.

“These opportunities further strengthen Slater and Gordon’s commitment to growing and developing our people’s careers and supporting the directions they want to pursue,” Mr Somerville said

“I want to congratulate all of our heads of legal practice and look forward to working with them as we continue to strengthen and grow Slater and Gordon.”

11 new heads of legal practice take to Slater and Gordon
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