Sylva is a personal injury lawyer in the Sydney office of Stacks Goudkamp. Sylva gained her law and commerce degree at the University of NSW and was admitted as a solicitor in August 2016. She speaks Assyrian.
Sylva has experience working in private firms, government and community legal centres. Prior to joining the firm, Sylva was an Exemptions Assessment Officer within the Claims Assessment and Resolution Service (CARS) at the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA). In addition to her experience as a paralegal, she worked as a law clerk at the Kingsford Legal Centre, as well as volunteering as a legal assistant at the Eastern Area Tenants Service.
Her varied work experience has enabled her to develop valuable skills, including communication, interpersonal, analytical and teamwork skills, as well as the ability to provide clients with clear and concise advice.
Sylva’s particular area of interest is personal injury law. She sees it as the most tangible area of law, because it truly allows legal practitioners to impact positively on the lives of people who have been affected by the negligence of others.
She is passionate about helping injured persons obtain the compensation they deserve following someone else’s negligence. Not only does it bring her satisfaction to know that her clients will have the financial resources to manage their injuries, but it also brings a sense of justice to know that their unfortunate accident and injuries have been recognised.
Sylva is empathetic and patient, with a strong work ethic and attention to detail. She has excellent listening and analytical skills, and the ability to think logically and rationally. Sylva is highly sympathetic to her clients and always places herself in their shoes, ensuring that she gives them regular updates so they are informed about the progress of their matter. She applies the golden rule of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, to both her professional and personal life.
Sylva has experience in the Supreme Court and District Court. During her time at CARS, she had the opportunity to assist the Principal Claims Assessor with regulatory matters and work on a number of novel exemptions matters, including handling the application related to the case of Whitfield v Melenewycz  NSWCA 235.
Another interesting matter Sylva was involved in while working at the Kingsford Legal Centre was a housing matter. She had the opportunity to assist a client in obtaining NCAT orders, which allowed the client and her baby to secure safe housing to ensure their health and wellbeing.
Outside of work, Sylva enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her mischievous Corgi. She also enjoys baking, going to the gym and drinking lots of tea.
In the community, Sylva was a volunteer teacher at her local parish for over three years. She taught primary school aged children, including newly arrived refugees. In this role, Sylva prepared lesson plans and activities and often organised social activities, such as the annual Christmas party.