Catherine is one of Australia's leading lawyers in work health and safety (WHS). She leads the Maddocks safety practice and advises on all aspects of safety, including procurement and contractor management, WHS systems, asbestos, due diligence and responding to prosecutions. With her extensive experience in providing incident response advice, Catherine assists clients in dealing with police and other investigative authorities, and working with media and reputation advisers. She also advises on government related employment matters. She has particular experience in helping clients with bullying claims and workplace investigations, managing injured workers, dismissals, privacy, protected disclosures and discrimination.
Catherine has acted in three Royal Commissions in Victoria, and two national Royal Commissions. She acts for public sector clients in significant coronial inquests, Ombudsman's inquiries and in parliamentary inquiries. Catherine's has a background and broad knowledge of administrative law and statutory interpretation, and brings this to her work for government clients and regulated bodies to assist them with issues such as regulatory reform and judicial review.
Work Health & Safety
Providing training on the harmonised Work Health and Safety legislation to Commonwealth Government Departments, statutory authorities and industry groups
Dispute resolution & litigation
Acting for clients prosecuted over health and safety breaches including successfully obtaining enforceable undertakings
Regularly advising employers on handling bullying and discrimination complaints and providing training on workplace behaviour
Acted for the Country Fire Authority in the 2009-10 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission from the day after Black Saturday, leading a large team of lawyers and para-legals working for over 18 months as part of the Victorian Government Response to the Commission
Government & administrative law
Advising the Victorian Attorney-General on sensitive public interest immunity issues
Further Update: New Commission decision - mandatory influenza vaccination may be lawful and reasonable in high-risk settings
When governments start to consider mandating vaccination in particular settings.
Mandatory vaccinations – inherent requirement or lawful and reasonable direction?
Questions whether mandatory vaccination will be lawful and reasonable.