William Duddy


Will started his legal career in 1981 as an Associate to Justice Walters of the Supreme Court of South Australia. He was a partner in private practice at Mouldens and Elston & Gilchrist before establishing Duddy Shopov Lawyers with Chris Shopov in 1999. Throughout his entire career, Will has practiced in the workers compensation field as well as a variety of other areas of law.

He specialises in workers compensation, acting for registered and self-insured employers as well as injured workers, giving him a balanced view of all matters and an in-depth, practical knowledge of the workers compensation legislation and system. He is listed in the 2021 Doyle’s Guide as a Preeminent Workers Compensation (Defendant) Lawyer.

Will has also practiced extensively in industrial and employment law, public liability, personal injury and general insurance. In addition to representing clients in disputes, Will advises clients on prevention and risk management practices. Will is a member of the Law Society of South Australia. When not at work, he enjoys playing tennis, watching football and spending time in the garden.

Christopher Shopov


Chris commenced practice in 1983 and was soon made a partner at Elston & Gilchrist. He also worked as a partner at Mouldens before establishing Duddy Shopov Lawyers with Will Duddy in 1999. During his legal career, Chris has practised in a number of fields including insurance, personal injury, industrial and workers compensation law. Chris now practices primarily in the workers compensation field, and specialises in acting for self-insured employers in complex matters in both Adelaide and regional South Australia, regularly travelling to Mount Gambier in particular to advise clients and run trials. Chris is listed in the 2021 Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Workers Compensation (Defendant) Lawyer.

Chris also acts for individuals injured in the course of their employment, helping them to resolve their claims as quickly and effectively as possible. He is a member of the Law Society of South Australia. Away from the office, Chris loves spending time with family at the river and is renowned for cooking a mean lamb spit.

Tahlia Melino


Tahlia commenced her career working as a clerk at a small suburban practice while completing her Law and Legal Practice and Justice and Society degrees at Flinders University. Upon her admission to the Bar in 2008 Tahlia started fulltime work as a solicitor in a busy practice, acting primarily for plaintiffs in a range of areas including personal injury, employment and workers compensation matters.

She commenced work at Duddy Shopov in January 2012 and has since then worked alongside William Duddy. Tahlia specialises in acting for self-insured employers and insurers and provides risk management and strategic advice and representation to clients in workers compensation, employment, personal injury and general matters in the South Australian Employment Court, Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts. Tahlia also acts for individuals and is admitted to practice in the High Court.

Tahlia is a member of Self-Insurers of South Australia (SISA) and the Law Society of South Australia. She holds a Professional Certificate in Arbitration from the University of Adelaide. In her spare time Tahlia enjoys running, cycling, cooking and spending time with her family.

Claire Victory

Senior Associate

Claire commenced employment with Duddy Shopov in 2007. She has a Bachelor of Law and Legal Practice and a Bachelor of Arts from Flinders University, a Graduate Certificate in Loss, Grief and Trauma Counselling from Flinders University, and a Vocational Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution from the Australian Institute of Social Relations.

During her time at Duddy Shopov, Claire has practiced in personal injury, insurance, employment and discrimination law, acting for individuals and companies, plaintiffs and defendants. Claire enjoys a varied practice, but now acts primarily for employers in employment and workers compensation matters, which involves both providing advice on procedural/policy matters and representing clients in dispute situations.

Claire is a member of the Law Society of South Australia and has served as a member of the Law Society’s Mock Trial Committee, and as a member and chair of the Law Society’s Young Lawyers Committee, and she was the 2014 recipient of the Gray Young Lawyer of the Year Award. She currently serves as National President of the St Vincent de Paul Society and Secretary of the Adelaide Adrenaline Ice Hockey Club. Outside the office, Claire enjoys spending time with family, watching live ice hockey, visiting Adelaide’s wineries and volunteering her time within the community.

Vasili Giourgas


Vasili completed his studies of Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice at Flinders University, and was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of South Australia in April of 2015.

Following his admission, Vasili undertook legal practice clerkships within various legal firms in Adelaide, before assisting in his family’s company and business operations throughout 2015 and 2016.

Vasili commenced practice with Duddy Shopov in May of 2016, working closely with Christopher Shopov and Claire Victory. Vasili specialises primarily in the field of workers compensation and   return to work, also assisting in matters pertaining to employment law, including discrimination and unfair dismissal.

Vasili provides advice to clients and regularly appears in the South Australian Employment Tribunal and District Court of South Australia, acting primarily on behalf of self-insured employers.

Vasili’s experience in business and company operations has allowed him to transition into his role within Duddy Shopov with a sophisticated ability to understand and meet clients’ expectations. He is a member of the Law Society of South Australia.

Away from the law Vasili enjoys his time at the gym, jumping on the motorbike when the weather permits, as well as spending time with his friends and family.