Rob Perry / Partner

Bachelor of Laws & Bachelor of Arts (Monash University)

Rob was admitted into Legal practice in 1985.
He was a partner for many years at Blake Dawson and headed up the firm's National Corporate Risk and Insurance Practice. He practices in the area of General Insurance and Corporate Risk with particular emphasis on Professional Indemnity, Occupier's Liability, Property damage, Occupational Health & Safety and Worker's Compensation. Rob has handled the broad spectrum of insurance litigation including arson, business interruption, fraud, insolvency, motor vehicle, product and public liability and professional indemnity/malpractice litigation.

In addition to routine claims/risk management advice, he has defended catastrophic injury claims in the Supreme Court, and conducted Coronial Inquests (a number of which have attracted significant media) in addition to WorkSafe prosecutions pursuant to the Occupational Health & Safety Act, Asbestos Litigation and the defence of Professional Indemnity Claims. He also acts for self insurers in the defence of claims in the Worker's Compensation jurisdiction. He has had extensive experience in the defence of litigated claims and dispute resolution on behalf of self insurers, corporates, brokers and intermediaries.

David Maddocks / Partner

Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Monash University;
Masters Degree (Clinical Neuropsychology) University of Melbourne;
Post Graduate Diploma (Neurosciences) Lincoln;
Ph.D. (Medicine - Neuropsychology) University of Melbourne

David graduated in Law with Honours in 1996 and won the Supreme Exhibition Court Prize awarded by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for his Honours Thesis on Serious Injury Claims in Victoria. Following his admission, David joined a first tier national firm in 1997. He was made a partner in 2004 and has practised in litigation with particular emphasis on professional indemnity and personal injury.

David is accredited with the Law Institute of Victoria as a Personal Injury Specialist. David was also a Tribunal Member of the State Government's Intellectual Disability Review Tribunal for a number of years. David has extensive litigation experience and has been involved in the defence of numerous claims against medical practitioners, the State of Victoria (including the Department of Education, Parks Victoria and the Department of Sustainability & Environment) and private schools.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, he worked as a Neuropsychologist for over 10 years in a number of hospitals (including the Royal Children's Hospital), assessing memory and cognition in adolescents and children who had suffered acquired brain injury in transport accidents. His employment included the role of Chief Neuropsychologist at the Victorian Rehabilitation Centre in Melbourne. As part of his Ph.D. (Medicine), he investigated the cognitive affects of head injury.

Gary Trollope / Partner

Articles Clerks Course (RMIT), 1977

Gary was a partner at Blake Dawson Waldron for over 25 years where he headed the Insurance Litigation group. He is admitted to practise in Victoria and News South Wales. He has enormous experience in schools, government departments and the health sector in all aspects of professional indemnity, risk management, commercial disputes and litigation. In particular, he acted on behalf of the Department of Education & Training and represented state-run schools for over 15 years

Jodie Nicholls / Consultant

Bachelor of Laws (Hons) & Bachelor of Economics (Monash University);
Graduate Diploma Human Rights (University of Melbourne)

Jodie was admitted into Legal practice in 1999, having completed the Degrees of Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Economics. She was a partner at Herbert Geer & Rundle and was the Practice Unit Manager for the insurance litigation section. She has practiced in the professional indemnity and public liability field for 12 years. Her major clients included QBE Commercial Ltd., QBE International Ltd., CNA Insurance Company (Europe) Ltd., American Home Assurance Company, Chubb Insurance Company of Australia Ltd., and Unimutua.

Jodie has experience in the area of construction law including conduct of claims against architects, builders, engineers, surveyors, project managers, subcontractors, developers, owners and suppliers. Jodie has provided advice on contract terms and in respect of important risk and problem areas such as extension of time claims, latent conditions, contract administration, prolongation and delay claims. She has also acted in large scale contractual litigation involving complex actuarial and financial evidence and is recognized for her experience in claims of a highly technical nature. Jodie has conducted litigation nationally in the Victorian and NSW Supreme Courts, Victorian and NSW Courts of Appeal and the High Court of Australia.

Jodie has regularly presented at industry seminars of the Australian Universities Risk and Insurance Management Society, the Society of University lawyers and the Insurance Institute. She has lectured at Universities nationally on liability and risk management issues.