We are an award-winning legal team achieving exceptional outcomes for our clients with care and compassion.
Welcome to Brave Legal, a boutique personal injury law firm driven by an unwavering commitment to the well-being of our clients.
If you or a family member have been injured, we can provide expert legal advice on a no-win, no-fee basis.
With our experience and tenacity, we have secured outstanding financial settlements for hundreds of everyday Victorians, providing them with peace of mind and restoring life after injury.
To discuss how we can help guide you through what can be a complex and challenging time, contact us today to arrange a confidential, no-cost consultation with founding Principal Lawyer, Bree Knoester.
We specialise in
If you have suffered an injury as a result of medical, dental, obstetric or allied health treatment, we can advise and guide you. Brave Legal specialise in complex medical negligence claims for both adults and children.
If you have been injured in the course of your employment we can help manage your Work Cover claim to ensure you receive the maximum entitlement possible. The team at Brave Legal have over 40 years of combined experience in worker’s compensation.
If you have been diagnosed with a disease caused by exposure to asbestos or silica it’s important you seek legal advice straight away. Our legal team are one of Australia’s most awarded in the area of dust diseases and have helped many families receive the compensation they deserve.
If you have suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence, it’s important to understand your rights. We are experts in public liability and can guide you through the avenues to compensation.
Sexual and institutional abuse
If you or a family member were sexually abused by another person, in an institution, or when being medically treated you may be entitled to compensation. We understand the impact of abuse and will investigate your claim sensitively using a trauma-informed approach.
Bree Knoester is the founder of Brave Legal and recognised as one of Australia’s leading personal injury lawyers, having practiced as both a barrister and solicitor for over 18 years and represented clients in some of Victoria’s largest compensation settlements.
Bree understands that being injured affects almost every part of your life and having the support of a compassionate and experienced legal team is essential to achieving the best possible outcome – for your case, and for you.
"Thank you to Bree Knoester for fighting for me and making me feel worthy. She was so kind and patient, I could tell her anything and she was so supportive. The service I received was second to none. Bree connected professionally and emotionally and was so caring and thoughtful. It was an amazing and supportive experience.
Bree, thank you for your tremendous support during my case. It took so much pressure off and allowed me to focus on my recovery. You genuinely care about your clients and that’s very difficult to find these days."
"Both Bree Knoester and Lucia Nguyen were extremely helpful and friendly, while being totally professional. I was kept fully informed at every stage of my legal action with each step along the way being discussed with me. There were no surprises and any queries I had were always responded to promptly and respectfully."
"Julie-Anne Whitelaw would have to be one of the kindest, most empathetic people I’ve ever met. She genuinely cared about the impact my legal fight was having on me and those closest to me, and always inquired about our well-being. No one wants to be injured at work or to have to go through the hell that’s involved in making a Workcover claim. But having people like Julie-Anne on your side during all the ups and downs definitely helps lighten the load. No question was ever too silly or request too great in my dealings with Julie-Anne. She was always a friendly voice at the end of the phone or the knowledgeable author of a prompt email reply after I’d bothered her about something big or small."
"Seven and a half years ago my life was changed irrevocably by an accident… It has been an incredibly difficult, emotionally challenging and soul-destroying time in my life, and something I would never wish on anyone. Bree, your gentle and professional advice that made me realise that it was not all my fault, and over the past few years working with you all I have rebuilt that part of my self-esteem and my diminished confidence. I am forever grateful for the huge amount of work and effort that was put in by you all as a team to affect a positive outcome.
Lawyers get a bad wrap a lot of the time, but it is people like you that are led by genuine values of doing what is right and what is fair that give your profession a good name.
Lucia, you have been so responsive and thoughtful, and always accessible, thank you so much."
"The Payne family wish to extend sincere thanks to Bree Knoester for her professional service, advice and guidance throughout our recent mesothelioma compensation claim.
It was a pleasure and an experience to have been associated with Bree for the last six months, and we are very satisfied with our final settlement outcome."
THE PAYNE FAMILY