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We work collaboratively with our clients to build strong, sustainable relationships. Our team is committed to delivering consistent high standards of service, and we understand the importance of accessibility. Working with us, you'll enjoy open communication, meaning well scoped, properly resourced and effectively managed matters.

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Advising on complex water infrastructure projects for local government September 12, 2018

Parkes Shire Council made the decision to replace its 80-year-old water treatment facility as it was nearing its capacity to properly service residents. The Parkes Integrated Water Infrastructure Renewal Program saw the replacement of the … Continued

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Maddocks advises French firm on major construction company acquisition August 6, 2018

Monday 6 August 2018 Law firm Maddocks recently advised French firm Bouygues Construction on its acquisition of leading Australian construction and fitout business AW Edwards. The acquisition is a key part of Bouygues’ continued expansion … Continued

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New Federal Court decision calls into question relevance of internal legal advice to AAT reviews September 18, 2018

On 3 August 2018, Justice Bromwich of the Federal Court handed down his decision in Commissioner of Taxation v ACN 154 520 199 Pty Ltd (in liq) (formerly EBS & Associates Pty Ltd) [2018] FCA … Continued

Bruce Heddle Partner

“Very responsive and experienced. He will work incredibly hard to meet deadlines.”

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017

Background

Bruce is regarded as one of Australia’s leading employment and industrial relations litigators, with considerable experience in managing large disputes in both courts and industrial tribunals. His experience ensures a commercial and practical approach to his legal advice. He advises clients on all aspects of employment, occupational health and safety, anti-discrimination and industrial relations law. Bruce has acted for clients in industries including transport, energy, mining, construction, education, financial services, insurance, telecommunications, health and manufacturing.

He has a strong background in occupational health and safety and equal opportunity, providing both strategic and contractual advice.  He has also conducted audits and training for boards and senior management, and carried out investigations into health and safety incidents, complaints made by employees and disciplinary matters.

Legal expertise

Bruce advises on various employee benefit arrangements in a range of industries including:

  • Financial services
  • Insurance
  • Telecommunications
  • Health
  • Manufacturing
  • Transport
  • Construction

Recent experience

  • Investigating allegations of inappropriate workplace behaviour and performance made between senior partners of the client. The investigation included interviewing over 40 partners, employees and contractors in connection with the allegations made by the complainant. A report and associated recommendations were prepared.
  • Assisted in the investigation about and the reporting of the emergency landing of a helicopter operated by an air services operator in which our client’s employees were seriously injured. This included dealing with the police, the WorkCover Authority and the Transport Safety Bureau. Recommendations included improvements to employee training, tendering arrangements and the terms on which air service operators are engaged in the future.
  • Acted for Sydney Diagnostic Services in an occupational health and safety prosecution which was a test case concerning occupational overuse syndrome allegedly suffered by white collar workers engaged in the provision of health services.
  • Acted for Health Communication Network in a test case in the New South Wales Court of Appeal on the incorporation of employer policies into contracts of employment.
  • Acted in HBOS’ sale of BankWest dealing with various employment issues arising in connection with the acquisition of BankWest by the Commonwealth Bank.
  • Development of an implementation strategy, for an Australian insurer – conducted a review of over 50 employer policies and 30 contracts, advising on legal risks and appropriate alterations, and assisted in the development of an implementation strategy, for an Australian insurer.

Recognition

Bruce is an industry expert and has been acknowledged in a number of directories, including:

  • Who’s Who Legal 2017 – Bruce is recognised for Labour, Employment & Benefits.
  • The Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers in the categories of Employee Benefits Law from 2014 – 2018, Labour and Employment Law from 2018 – 2018 and Occupational Health and Safety Law from 2016 – 2018.
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017 – Bruce is ranked for Employment.
  • Doyle’s Guide 2016 – Bruce is listed as a leading Employment & Industrial Relations Lawyer.
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015, Bruce is recommended for Employment.
  • Chambers 2012/13, which indicated Bruce is “a very astute operator” who is consistently “available and accessible,” and whose “responses are always spot on.”
  • Legal 500 Asia 2012/13, which named Bruce as part of the ‘stand-out’ group of lawyers.
  • Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Lawyer in 2013.
  • Chambers 2011/12, which named Bruce as a key member of the Employment team, with clients reporting: “He gives high-quality advice, is invariably responsive and always understanding of the tensions between risk management, commerciality and governance”.