Jacob Varghese is as a principal solicitor at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers. He supervises the firm’s Social Justice Practice, alongside his work in the class actions department. He is currently working on a pro bono class action on behalf of people who were detained on Christmas Island detention centre and who suffered injuries as a result of the alleged negligence of the Commonwealth. Throughout the case, Varghese has had direct contact with detention centre staff and has had to grapple with the legal complexities facing workers who wish to speak out about their experiences.
Varghese graduated from the University of Melbourne (LLB Hons) in 2001 and started work at Maurice Blackburn in 2002 as an article clerk. He has been a principal of Maurice Blackburn since 2011.