Lauren Burke Barrister

Lauren Burke


Owen Dixon Chambers East

Room 0419A

205 William Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Lauren practises in personal injury including public liability, medical negligence, workers compensation, transport accidents, coronial inquests, and statutory recoveries.

Lauren runs personal injury trials (led and unled). She also regularly appears in contested applications. 

Recent cases include:

  • Susnjara v Museums Victoria [2020] VCC 1128, construction of ss 134AB(21); 
  • Gambian v Spotless Services & Anor [2020] VCC 1407, WorkCover damages trial (both heads), appeared for the second defendant and case resolved against client during trial;
  • McLeod v Mainfreight Distribution Pty Ltd, WorkCover damages trial (both heads), judgment pending;
  • Lloyd v Heathscope Limited, WorkCover damages trial (both heads), judgment pending;
  • Aslan v TAC [2020] VCC 388, transport accident case;
  • Paiman v Victorian WorkCover Authority [2020] VCC, serious injury application (unled);
  • Gange v The State of Queensland [2020] VSC 726, application to transfer police tort matter (unled);
  • Payne v Australian Pacific Airports (Melbourne) Pty Ltd [2020] VCC 1485, security for costs application in a personal injury case (unled);
  • Attanayake v Simplot Australia Pty Ltd, statutory benefits case (unled), judgment pending; and
  • Porritt v Employment Innovations Pty Ltd & Anor (unreported, Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, Magistrate Wright, 12 March 2020) – multi-defendant statutory benefits case (unled).

Lauren is a strong negotiator, and acts in mediations and settlement conferences.

She also has a busy paperwork practice including advices and serious injury applications. Particularly:

  • workers' compensation; 
  • medical negligence;
  • public liability;
  • transport accidents; and
  • statutory recoveries.

Lauren acts for injured people and defendants. She is also on the preferred list of Counsel for the VWA, TAC, and OPP.

Before the bar, Lauren managed a multi-million-dollar personal injury class action brought by nearly 100 plaintiffs in addition to a large portfolio of individual actions at Lander & Rogers. And prior to that, she managed and ran cases for the VWA at Thomson Geer.

Lauren read with Dugald McWilliams and her senior mentor was James Gorton QC.

Please contact Lauren directly on her mobile, 0412 565 149 or via email,

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