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Personal Injury & Compensation Lawyers Sydney:Home>About Stacks Goudkamp>Our People
Our People 2018-11-08T09:53:56+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 OAM
Tom Goudkamp OAMManaging 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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Special Counsel

Belinda Cassidy
Belinda CassidySpecial Counsel
Belinda Cassidy joined the firm after 18 years as the Principal Claims Assessor at the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (formerly the Motor Accidents Authority). Belinda currently holds an appointment as a Claims Assessor under the Motor Accidents Compensation Act.

Belinda has always worked in the personal injury litigation field, first as a Junior Solicitor at Hickson Lakeman and Holcombe and then as an Associate and later Partner at Windeyer Dibbs. Admitted in 1989, Belinda has specialist accreditation in Personal Injury Law and is one of the state’s leading experts in assessing motor accident compensation.

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Mark Port
Mark PortSpecial Counsel
Mark joined the firm as Special Counsel and brings a wealth of hands-on experience advising and advocating for clients on Employment, Industrial, and Work Health and Safety issues across a range of Commonwealth and State jurisdictions.

Mark’s extensive practice experience in the above areas of law spans over 11 years and he was admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of NSW in 2006. He holds an unrestricted practicing certificate, is a member of the Law Society of NSW and was registered on the High Court of Australia rolls in 2008.

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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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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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Karina Heywood
Karina HeywoodPractice Group Leader
Karina joined Stacks Goudkamp in 2014. She now heads up our Liverpool office and manages one of the firms five practice groups alongside our Managing Director, Tom Goudkamp.

Karina handles a wide variety of personal injury compensation claims including motor vehicle, public liability and superannuation as well as some commercial work of varying types. She is compassionate, dedicated, resourceful, energetic and confident with a strong commitment to her clients.

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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 MorrisonSenior Associate
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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Jayne O'Sullivan
Jayne O'SullivanSenior Lawyer
Jayne joined Stacks Goudkamp in March 2018 and conducts compensation law matters for our clients, specialising in the medical negligence area. Jayne was admitted as a solicitor in 1994. She is a member of the Law Society of NSW and in 2012 was appointed an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law by the NSW Law Society recognising her skill and expertise in personal injury.

Jayne has extensive experience in personal injury litigation and in particular in the public liability and medical negligence areas. She is especially skilful in advocacy and procedure in the District and Supreme Courts.

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Con Ktenas
Con KtenasLawyer
Con joined Stacks Goudkamp in September 2018. He has over 30 years of experience in litigation in every jurisdiction.

He is an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury and is a member of a number of Law Society Committees such as the Injury Compensation Committee and the Accredited Specialist Advisory Committee.

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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, 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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Rita Yousef
Rita YousefLawyer
Rita mainly handles motor vehicle accident claims and has experience in public liability, medical negligence, sexual abuse and workers compensation claims.

Rita initially joined Stacks Goudkamp in 2008 as a paralegal before her admission as a solicitor in 2009.

In 2011 she transitioned into legal publishing and joined LexisNexis. She worked there for 6 years gaining valuable commercial and management experience through legal editing and strategy roles.

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Reham Samaan
Reham SamaanLawyer
Reham Samaan is a personal injury solicitor in Julie Mahony’s Practice Group. Reham works with Julie in a variety of personal injury claims, but has a special interest in representing plaintiffs in medical negligence claims.

Reham joined Stacks Goudkamp as a lawyer in March 2018, after being admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Prior to working at Stacks Goudkamp, Reham gained valuable experience in both Plaintiff and Defendant personal injury law firms across Sydney.

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Samantha De Freitas
Samantha De FreitasLawyer
Samantha joined the Stacks Goudkamp team on 5 December 2011 following the completion of her high school studies.

Samantha started as a junior, but quickly showed her potential, and became a junior admin, senior admin, and then a paralegal.

Her clients often describe her as friendly, approachable, empathetic and easy to communicate with.

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Jessica Keane
Jessica KeaneLawyer
Jessica is a personal injury lawyer in Tom Goudkamp and Karina Heywood’s Practice Group. Jessica handles a wide variety of compensation claims including motor vehicle and public liability matters.

Jessica joined Stacks Goudkamp in 2008 as the office mailroom junior after she completed the HSC.

Jessica commenced her law studies in May 2013 and was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of NSW on 19 October 2018.

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