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Our People 2017-12-01T09:03:00+00:00

Our People

The experienced legal team at Stacks Goudkamp are compensation specialists who can provide assistance when you have suffered an injury.

Led by our managing director Tom Goudkamp, our compassionate and accomplished team will work closely with you throughout the entire claim process. Our mission is to get to know our clients in order to achieve the best result possible. Combining the resources of a large firm with a personal and sympathetic approach, we will guide you through the claim process and strive to achieve a positive outcome for you.

Our team operates across three offices throughout Sydney, Newcastle and Liverpool.

Leadership at Every Level

The team at Stacks Goudkamp collectively have decades of practical industry experience working at all levels of personal injury compensation. We are expert negotiators and  get great results for clients in the unlikely event that court proceedings are necessary.

Tom Goudkamp’s intimate knowledge of personal injury law has led to him co-authoring New South Wales’ Personal Injury Law manual and presiding over several leadership positions throughout the compensation industry. Following his leadership, our team of  personal injury lawyers have successfully assisted a wide range of people, helping them to get their lives back on course.

A commitment to helping you understand and resolve your claim is what drives our entire team. The one thing that we all have in common is our dedication to you and the results that you deserve.


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Tom Goudkamp
Tom GoudkampManaging Director
Tom is a specialist personal injury lawyer with vast experience in acting for accident victims in their compensation claims, having practiced in this area for over 30 years.

Tom is not only the Managing Director of Stacks/Goudkamp but also an accredited specialist in personal injury law, the Chair Person of the NSW Law Society’s Personal Injury Advisory Committee, a CARS (Claims Assessment Resolution Service) Assessor and the former National President of the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

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Ian Chipchase
Ian ChipchaseDirector
Ian is an accredited specialist personal injury lawyer handling a variety of compensation claims including accidents at work, public liability claims, medical negligence claims, motor vehicle accident claims and superannuation and insurance claims. Ian acts for clients based in both NSW and overseas.

Ian is also an accredited specialist in Dispute Resolution and conducts some commercial dispute matters.

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Practice Group Leaders

Anna Tavianatos
Anna TavianatosPractice Group Leader
Anna is an experienced and personable personal injury lawyer who specialises in assisting injured workers. Anna primarily handles Workers Compensation matters and Work Injury Damages claims, but she also assists clients with Public Liability and Motor Vehicle claims.

Anna comes from a background of helping people who have had accidents at work. Before joining Stacks Goudkamp, Anna spent several years working for union law firm, Steve Masselos and Co. She also gained experience running Motor Vehicle claims at Allianz Insurance.

Admitted in 1993, Anna is a member of the Australian Lawyers Alliance and the NSW Law Society.

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Ruth Hudson
Ruth HudsonPractice Group Leader
Ruth is a passionate and dedicated personal injury lawyer who handles Compensation claims in a variety of areas, including motor vehicle claims, professional negligence claims and public liability claims.

Ruth also represents refugees who have been mistreated whilst in mandatory immigration detention. She has both a Bachelor of Laws (Honors class 1) and a Bachelor of Communications degree.

Ruth joined Stacks Goudkamp in 2010 and now manages one of the firms five Practice Groups.

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Victoria Roy (née Gallanders)
Victoria Roy (née Gallanders)Practice Group Leader
Victoria is a passionate plaintiff personal injury lawyer and specialises in assisting people who have had accidents overseas in Stacks Goudkamp’s Travel Law department.

Victoria is originally from the UK where she studied English and French Law at the University of Leicester, obtaining first class honours. Dedicated to helping plaintiffs at the outset, Victoria went on to obtain a Masters of Laws at King’s College London where she specialised in individuals’ rights.

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Julie Mahony
Julie MahonyPractice Group Leader
Julie conducts Compensation law matters for individuals, specialising in Medical Negligence claims. Prior to commencing with Stacks in 1993, she worked in a Canberra law firm. A knowledgeable and respected medical negligence solicitor, Julie is a member of the NSW Law Society and NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury. She has been practising law for 37 years.

Julie has run a wide variety of medical negligence and dental negligence cases. These range from cases for babies who are catastrophically injured as a result of bad care by medical staff at the time of their birth, through to matters involving a delay in diagnosis and treatment resulting in a worse outcome, as well as injuries sustained in hospital (often due to underfunding and understaffing), and mistakes made during operative procedures.

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Associates and Senior Lawyers

Cali Baldwin
Cali BaldwinSenior Associate
Cali handles a wide variety of personal injury compensation claims including workers’ compensation, work injury damages, motor vehicle, public liability, superannuation and medical negligence matters, as well as some commercial work of varying types.

Growing up in France, Cali obtained her French Law Degree, and a Masters in European and International Law, coming first in her University. She went on to work for the European Police Office (EUROPOL, in The Hague, Netherlands) and the European Court of Justice (Luxembourg) before moving to Australia in 2008.

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Alexander Morrison
Alexander MorrisonAssociate
Alex is an Associate at Stacks Goudkamp.

He has successfully represented many clients in connection with illness or injury claims both in Australia and abroad.

He has won compensation for individuals involved in a wide range of accidents, including road traffic accidents, cruise ship accidents, boating and sporting accidents, violent assaults, and injuries suffered at work.

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Brett Watts
Brett WattsAssociate
Brett joined Stacks Goudkamp in December 2013 where he works as a specialist personal injury lawyer. Prior to joining Stacks Goudkamp, Brett completed an 18-month internship at the Motor Accidents Authority, working for the Claims Assessment and Resolution Service (CARS) as an Exemptions Officer and Research Associate to the Principal Claims Assessor. Brett works closely with Tom Goudkamp, Managing Diretcor and Ruth Hudson, Practice Group Leader, on motor accident claims and public liability claims.

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Sue Owen
Sue OwenLawyer
Sue has been in practice for over four decades and has worked both as an employee, and as a principal in her own firms. For the last twenty years Sue has worked extensively in the field of Compensation Law.

For Stacks/Goudkamp Sue handles Motor Vehicle Claims, Civil Liability Claims, Work Injury Damages Claims when litigation has been commenced, and some Medical Negligence Claims.

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Sylva Dankha
Sylva DankhaLawyer
Sylva is a diligent and sympathetic personal injury lawyer who dedicates herself to working for those injured as a result of motor vehicle and public liability accidents. She works closely with Tom Goudkamp, Managing Director and Ruth Hudson, Practice Group Leader.

Sylva joined Stacks Goudkamp in March 2017 as a Graduate-at-Law after attaining a double degree of Law and Commerce from the University of New South Wales. She subsequently obtained her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (Distinction) and was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in August 2017.

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Laura Roberts
Laura RobertsLawyer
Laura Roberts is a personal injury solicitor in Julie Mahony’s Practice Group. Laura works with Julie in a variety of personal injury claims, but has a special interest in representing plaintiffs in medical negligence claims and assisting children and young people who have been injured in accidents.

Laura joined Stacks Goudkamp as a lawyer in August 2015, after being admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Prior to working at Stacks Goudkamp, Laura gained nearly three years experience as a Legal Research Assistant to two Sydney barristers in general practice at Jack Shand Chambers. At the same time Laura completed a double degree in Law and Commerce at Macquarie University, where she achieved First Class Honours in Law.

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Sian-Louise Perez
Sian-Louise PerezLawyer
Sian-Louise Perez is a dedicated personal injury lawyer in Ian Chipchase and Anna Tavianatos’ Practice Group. Her practice includes workers compensation, superannuation, motor vehicle accident, medical negligence and public liability claims.

Sian-Louise completed a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws in 2013 at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, before commencing employment with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. There, she gained valuable experience in Australian immigration law to assist foreign clients with their visa applications.

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