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Hope Saloustros

Special Counsel

About Hope

Hope’s key areas of practice are General Liability and Subrogation & Recoveries. She regularly conducts litigation on behalf of defendants on instructions from their insurers as well as for large corporations in claims below their insurance deductibles including acting for one of Australia’s largest retailers.

Hope has experience in high value and complex commercial litigation defence as well as Royal Commission cases including acting on a high profile multi-million dollar case, in the 2009 Bushfires Royal Commission.

With a commercially focused and pragmatic approach to resolving disputes early and in a cost effective manner, Hope regularly conducts mediations and informal settlement conferences and, when required, Hope appears at interlocutory applications and Directions Hearings (including the County Court of Victoria and Supreme Court of Victoria) in complex multi-party claims.

Hope was also a key member of the W+K fund raising team that partnered with So They Can in 2016 to collectively raise more than $100,000 and provide educational support for 80 unsponsored children in communities in Kenya and Tanzania.

Areas of Expertise

  • Personal Injury
  • Worker’s Liability / Recovery
  • Property Damage (3rd party)
  • Coronials, Inquiries & Prosecutions
  • Subrogation & Recoveries
  • Community & Pro Bono

Industry Representation

  • Consumer Goods
  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Labour Hire
  • Property & Real Estate
  • Sports Leisure & Entertainment
  • Manufacturing

Hope's Experience

  • Representing Australia’s leading out-of-home media and street furniture company in relation to a claim by a commuter who slipped on Tactile Ground Surface Indicators at a public bus stop.  The case involved an examination of the particularly complex Australian Standards in relation to tactiles which are now installed in public transport areas to assist people with vision impairments.  It also involved an examination of the legal responsibilities of the owner of the bus stop, the manufacturer and installer of the tactiles.
  • Defending a head contractor from a claim by a surveyor who injured his back on a construction site when he climbed upon a step of reinforced meshing during the construction of a building.  In this case, Hope honed in on the employer’s responsibility and the system of work to achieve a good outcome for the head contractor.  Hope was then able to then resolve the VWA’s recovery action on best terms possible.
  • Defending a shopping centre owner in relation to a claim for damages for injuries sustained by a customer who ran through a glass door while fleeing security guards after he stole a mobile phone from a store.  This case necessitated an examination of the claimant’s role in the incident and whether the security guards acted reasonably.
  • Acting for a large Australian supermarket chain in relation to a claim for damages for injuries sustained by a customer when she slipped on vegetable matter in circumstances where after careful analysis there was no contemporaneous evidence the incident took place.  Hope carefully examined the evidence and undertook extensive investigations in order to cast some doubt on the claim.
  • Representing a major Australia wholesaler from a claim by a claimant seeking damages after she tripped over a lamp post at the wholesaler’s premises.  This case involved looking at the design and construction of the lamp and surrounds in order to identify other parties’ responsibilities and deflect the claim to them.
  • Representing a large fitness gym from a claim by a visitor who was injured while being trained by a personal trainer.  This was not a usual occupier’s liability case as there was nothing defective about the gym which would bring it squarely within the occupier’s liability legislation.  However, it required an examination of the duties owed by occupiers in relation to activities which are conducted on their premises.

Professional Affiliations

  • Law Institute of Victoria (LIV)
  • Australia Insurance Law Association (AILA)
  • Women in Insurance (WII)
  • Victorian Women Lawyers (VWL)