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Managing Director

Sean Delpopolo

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Sean Delpopolo has been protecting the legal interests of plaintiffs for over 20 years in Queensland, including areas such as Brisbane, Gold Coast, Mackay, Cairns and Townsville.

He is an accredited specialist, an expert in his field and experienced in both plaintiff litigation and insurance defence. Sean has been voted by his peers as one of the best work, motor vehicle and public liability litigation lawyers in Queensland as recognised in the Doyle’s Guide.

Fortunately, he has decided to use his skills and expertise to help out ‘the little guy.’

Sean is a fearless advocate for people intimidated and pushed around by insurance companies who deny them the legal entitlements they deserve. He is also different from the rest of the lawyers you may have already met because he takes on difficult cases, and wins:

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As a father with two beautiful girls, Sean understands your situation and your need to protect your legal interests for yourself and your family.

With Sean, you will always get easy to understand, realistic and in-depth legal advice about your claim. Clients trust him because he has built a dependable reputation as a legal professional by working in some of the largest law firms in Queensland.

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Director

Helen Ashton

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Helen Ashton is an experienced and skilled lawyer who fights every day to achieve what is right for her clients.

An accredited specialist, having been awarded the highest achiever award for the course in 2015, Helen has a high level of knowledge and technical expertise.

Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2001, Helen has extensive experience in running all types of claims.

Helen has a friendly and approachable personality and strives to ensure that her clients are kept well informed and are provided with quality and practical legal advice.

As a mother of three young children, Helen understands the impact events can have on a family unit and works proactively to achieve the right result for her clients in the shortest possible timeframe.

Helen has the ability and the experience to assist clients’ with a wide variety of claims, including claims with a high level of complexity and those that have had catastrophic consequences.

Barry McGee AssociateSpecial Counsel

Barry McGee

Barry has always loved a spirited debate, and, with over 20 years specialising exclusively in litigation, his passion, skill, and ability to assist his clients is well known throughout the Queensland profession.

Barry’s legal career began in his native Scotland, where he qualified as a Solicitor in 1998. Upon qualifying, he worked for a boutique practice, and then a top-tier national firm, representing a number of different insurers across a variety of industries. With years of working for insurers under his belt, Barry is able to see matters through the eyes of his legal opponents. Forewarned is forearmed, as they say!

He was admitted to practice by the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2007. In Australia, he commenced working for a large national firm, where he spent 15 years. He was made a Partner of the firm in 2011 and spent 11 years as the firm’s dedicated in-house Special Counsel. As Special Counsel, Barry provided expert advocacy and strategical advice and assistance to the qualified lawyers and clients of the firm alike.

Barry has significant and extensive experience across a wide variety of claims. He is compassionate, personable and straightforward, with a keen sense of what is fair and just, and a reputation for not settling for anything less than his client deserves.

Outside of work he enjoys surfing, the outdoors, music and spending time with his wife and 3 young children.

Nickelle MorrisSpecial Counsel

Nickelle Morris

Nickelle has been practising exclusively in compensation litigation for over 20 years.  She has extensive experience in catastrophic claims, traumatic brain damage and fatalities across all practice areas.
 
Nickelle prides herself on being a technical, yet practical and compassionate lawyer.  Nickelle takes her time to understand her client’s situations and to ensure that they have an understanding of their rights and entitlements.  Nickelle is a tenacious and passionate advocate for her clients and is dedicated in being proactive in ensuring rehabilitation needs are met and achieving the best outcome for clients.

Nickelle was a finalist in the Special Counsel of the Year for Australian Law Awards in 2019.
 
Outside of work, Nickelle is a mother of two children and is a member on a number of committees both within the legal industry and community.

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East Coast Lawyers Rated 5 Stars based on more than 100 combined genuine client reviews from our Brisbane Office , Gold Coast Office and Southport Office.

At East Coast Lawyers, we are proud to have been recognised on a number of occasions in the 2017 and 2018 Doyle’s Guide for our diligence and expertise in the area of work litigation, motor vehicle litigation and public liability litigation in Queensland.

2020 Doyle’s Guide Awards

Firm Awards

  1. Leading Public Liability Compensation Law Firms (Plaintiff) – Queensland
    Recommended – East Coast Lawyers

 

Individual Practitioner Awards

  1. Leading Public Liability Compensation Lawyers (Plaintiff) – Queensland
    Recommended – Sean Delpopolo

2019 Doyle’s Guide Awards

Firm Awards

  1. Leading Public Liability Compensation Law Firms (Plaintiff) – Queensland
    Recommended – East Coast Lawyers

 

Individual Practitioner Awards

  1. Leading Motor Vehicle Accident Compensation Lawyers (Plaintiff) – Queensland
    Recommended – Sean Delpopolo
  2. Leading Public Liability Compensation Lawyers (Plaintiff) – Queensland
    Recommended – Sean Delpopolo

2018 Doyle’s Guide Awards

Firm Awards

  1. Leading Work Litigation Law Firms (Plaintiff) – Queensland
    Recommended – East Coast Lawyers
  2. Leading Public Liability Litigation Law Firms (Plaintiff) – Queensland
    Recommended – East Coast Lawyers

 

Individual Practitioner Awards

  1. Leading Public Liability Litigation Lawyers (Plaintiff) – Queensland
    Leading – Sean Delpopolo
  2. Leading Work Litigation Lawyers (Plaintiff) – Queensland
    Recommended – Sean Delpopolo
  3. Leading Motor Vehicle Litigation Lawyers (Plaintiff) – Queensland
    Recommended – Sean Delpopolo

2017 Doyle’s Guide Awards

Firm Awards

  1. Leading Work Litigation Law Firms (Plaintiff) – Queensland
    Recommended – East Coast Lawyers
  2. Leading Public Liability Litigation Law Firms (Plaintiff) – Queensland
    Recommended – East Coast Lawyers

 

Individual Practitioner Awards

  1. Leading Public Liability Litigation Lawyers (Plaintiff) – Australia
    Recommended – Sean Delpopolo
  2. Leading Public Liability Litigation Lawyers (Plaintiff) – Queensland
    Leading – Sean Delpopolo
  3. Leading Work Litigation Lawyers (Plaintiff) – Queensland
    Recommended – Sean Delpopolo
  4. Leading Motor Vehicle Litigation Lawyers (Plaintiff) – Queensland
    Recommended – Sean Delpopolo