Kristy Brockwell
Partner, Melbourne
I am an advisory and litigation lawyer who regularly acts for private and government clients in a variety of litigated and pre-litigated matters. Problem solving, assessing risk and providing strategic advice is at the heart of what I do. I enjoy variety, and am passionate about advocating for my clients in many areas.

I enjoy a challenge, and take pride in getting favourable and fair results for those I work with. I am passionate about team work and collaboration, encouraging innovation from my team to better service our clients. I value genuine and authentic relationships, and strive to ensure a happy and healthy workplace.

I have extensive disputes litigation experience, including appearance work and the conduct of cases for trial, inquest and hearing. I provide support and guidance where witness and stakeholder management is required, and work closely with my clients to better understand their business and needs.

My clients, both government and private, benefit from my experience in providing risk management, investigative and crisis management advice across a wide range of areas.

Career highlights

  • Advising the State of Victoria in relation to complex negligence and vicarious liability claims, as well coronial inquests and inquiries (including the Department of Health, the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning, Victoria Police and the Department of Education).
  • Working with private and public schools, faith based organisations and insurers to manage highly sensitive issues including allegations of bullying and other abuse.
  • Representing a number of clients in large scale coronial inquests, including the Bourke Street Inquest, the St Basil's Inquest and several inquests involving indigenous deaths in custody.
  • Assisting clients manage highly sensitive and confidential investigations, crisis events, litigation and/or internal reviews.
  • Impactful use of alternate dispute resolution – some of my most memorable settlements have occurred on the doorstep of court, or in mediations and settlement conferences.
  • Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN) - Future Women Leaders ABCN Scholarship Foundation Mentor.
  • Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN) – Facilitating the Empowerment GOALS mentoring program.