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Hayden Stephens Head of Australia

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Hayden is head of Slater and Gordon in Australia.

He commenced in this role in July 2015. The General Law division encompasses a range of services across both the UK and Australia including employment law, family law, property, defamation, crime, business services and class action litigation. Our focus in General Law is on growth in all practice groups and to support our people in delivering services that are both ‘best in class’ and accessible to everyday people.

Prior to his appointment in General Law, Hayden was the Head of Personal Injury Law in Australia.

He is currently a member of both the Group Executive and Australian Executive.

Hayden started at Slater and Gordon in 1993 in Melbourne. In the decade that followed, Hayden specialised in personal injury law and was involved in a number of ground breaking legal cases. His work included acting for persons in public and product liability law, assisting asbestos disease sufferers and acting for victims of child sex abuse in clergy institutions.

In late 1999, Hayden was appointed leader of our operations in Western Australia and remained in this role until 2004.

Between 2004 - 2009, Hayden, held leadership positions in our National Workers’ Compensation practice group. Among his achievements in this role, Hayden worked proactively with stakeholders to help shape legislative reform of Victorian personal injuries compensation. Hayden has since continued his work with key stakeholders, state and federal government and regulatory bodies.


  • Employment law
  • Family law
  • Property
  • Defamation
  • Crime
  • Business services
  • Group litigation

Career history

  • Since 1993 Slater and Gordon

Professional Qualifications

  • 1999 Admitted, Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • 1994 Admitted, Supreme Court of Victoria
  • 1992 Bachelor of Laws, Monash University
  • 1992 Bachelor of Arts, Monash University