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Derek Collins



+61 3 8687 7336

Derek is a senior lawyer practising across multiple areas for insurance organisations and state and local government agencies.


Derek regularly accepts instructions to act in all types of litigated matters, including public and product liability, workers compensation and class actions. He has particular expertise in dealing with intentional torts and claims involving bushfires, occupiers and sporting organisations. He also has significant experience in Coronial and occupational health & safety law.

Derek’s ability to deal with complex issues of fact and law across multiple practice areas is well recognised and sought after.


Derek consistently achieves excellent outcomes for clients resulting in significant benefits and savings.

Derek’s practice finds him acting in civil and criminal matters and he has recently ran cases to trial in both jurisdictions. Derek also acted in multimillion dollar litigated claims, including class actions involving significant bushfires in Victoria and abroad.


Publication and Papers

‘RETROSPECTIVE EFFECT OF THE ‘NEW’ WRONGS ACT THRESHOLDS’ | Gary Mitchell v Latrobe Regional Hospital [2016] VSCA 342


Ranked in the peer-reviewed Best Lawyers® in Australia list for Insurance 2025.



  • Master of Laws, Juris Doctor, 2020, Monash University
  • Bachelor of Social Science, Criminal Justice, 2007, Australian Institute of Public Safety


  • Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association
  • Lawdons 
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Women in Insurance