Location(s): Gold Coast

Alison Barrett is a Principal in Maurice Blackburn's Southport office on the Gold Coast. She is a Queensland Law Society accredited personal injury specialist with over 10 years’ legal experience helping people with claims for workers’ compensation, CTP and public liability claims.

A Gold Coast local, Alison holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in psychology, and Honours in Law. Alison joined the firm while she was still completing her studies, and was admitted as a solicitor in 2006.

Alison understands that recovery from injury is often about more than compensation, and she ensures that her clients receive all the support they need – from the firm, medical professionals and their insurers. Her extensive knowledge of Queensland law means that she is able to ensure that her clients achieve the best outcome as quickly as possible. A highly experience litigator and an effective negotiator, Alison is able to assess and pursue the best path of action for each individual client and will use all available resources to obtain a favourable result.

Alison’s record as a lawyer as well as a leader is exemplary. The QLS lauded Alison’s thorough understanding of personal injury law, presenting her with the award for the Highest Achiever in the State when she completed its strenuous specialist accreditation program.

At Maurice Blackburn, Alison quickly progressed through the ranks to Principal in 2014. She established Maurice Blackburn’s Far North Queensland presence, setting up and managing our office in Cairns, then returning to manage our Gold Coast office. Alison was also integral in establishing our Northern Territory practice and visits our Darwin office regularly.

But it was helping people, not awards and accolades, that drove Alison to become a lawyer. She is passionate about ensuring everyone has access to justice and good quality legal representation, and she joined Maurice Blackburn because of this interest in social justice.

“I continue to find the most rewarding part of my work is being able to assist clients in their time of need and being able to work with them to achieve results that make a genuine difference to their lives and often that of their families,” says Alison.

“I believe in actively upholding the firm’s principles and I don’t shy away from a difficult case. I am willing to have a fight until the end to make sure my clients get the best result possible – and one that they deserve.”

Alison has had notable success invoking change and action from insurers on behalf of clients. For one case, she appeared on a national current affairs program, with a catastrophically injured client who was in desperate need of money to assist with day-to-day living expenses. This appearance and subsequent media pressure was sufficient to secure an advance of damages from the insurance company, which has made a considerable difference to the physical and mental wellbeing of her client.

Alison is also keen to enable others to better access the law. She used her extensive knowledge of personal injury law to co-author the Caxton Legal Centre’s Queensland Law Handbook chapter on accidents and injuries. She is also an expert in the National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS) in Queensland.

She co-authors a weekly column for Brisbane Times.

Accreditations & memberships

  • Queensland Law Society member
  • Queensland Law Society accredited personal injury specialist
  • Australian Lawyers Alliance member
  • Gold Coast District Law Association member


  • Queensland Law Society Specialist Accreditation Highest Achiever, 2014