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Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, (formerly Maurice Blackburn & Co and Maurice Blackburn Cashman), was founded in 1919 by Maurice Blackburn.[1] The firm is an Australian plaintiff law firm, having represented clients in a number of high-profile cases since its establishment.

Maurice Blackburn
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HeadquartersMelbourne, Australia
No. of offices30[1]
No. of employees1,000+
Key peopleSteve Walsh (Chairman)
Jacob Varghese (CEO)
Date founded1919
FounderMaurice McCrae Blackburn
Company typeLimited liability partnership
Slogan"We Fight For Fair"

Major casesEdit

Since its establishment Maurice Blackburn Lawyers have acted in a number of cases, including:

  • The 40-Hour Working Week Case - in conjunction with the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) Maurice Blackburn fought for shorter working hours;
  • MUA Waterfront Dispute Case - represented maritime workers against the Commonwealth Government during the waterfront dispute in 1998;
  • The GIO Class Action - the first shareholder class action win in Australian legal history;
  • Centro Class Action - the biggest class action settlement in legal history;[2]
  • Mohammed Haneef Case - defended Dr. Haneef against false charges of terrorism in 2010 and later acted on his behalf in a defamation matter;[3]
  • The Gene Patent BRCA1 Case - a ruling that saw the High Court rule that a mutated gene that causes cancer cannot be subject to a patent under Australian law;[4]

Former staffEdit


  1. ^ a b "About Maurice Blackburn Lawyers". Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Court approves Centro's $200m class-action settlement". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Mohammed Haneef sues ex-immigration minister Kevin Andrews for defamation". NewsComAu. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Landmark High Court ruling on BRCA1 gene patent as pensioner wins legal case". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Transcript of Proceedings: Federal Court of Australia Ceremonial Sitting of the Full Court for the Swearing in and Welcome of the Honourable Justice Murphy". Federal Court of Australia. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Former Labor minister John Button dies". The Age. 8 April 2008. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Former rival is new Herbert Geer MP". Lawyers Weekly. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2016.

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