Our lawyers have specific expertise in safety law, understanding that safety issues can sometimes be complex, challenging and require more than normal employment advice. We provide our clients with a full range of safety services under work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) laws to the public and private sectors. Led by Catherine Dunlop, a partner recognised as an AFR Best Lawyer in the field, our clients appreciate our quick grasp of their safety issues and their objectives.
We’re acknowledged as experts in safety law; advising clients on compliance, dealing with unions and regulators, prosecutions, inquests and incident response involves a knowledge of safety law, employment law, criminal procedure, administrative law and media law. We work each day with both the harmonised WHS legislation and older OHS acts, so we have an up to date working knowledge of safety issues that impact our clients.
We specialise in psycho-social behavioural risks such as bullying. We help clients everyday with employment-related safety issues including bullying investigations, the management of safety of injured workers and/or their return to work, and addressing risks arising from the behaviour of high-conflict individuals.
Working with us, you can expect dedicated, round-the-clock service, Our people will work closely with your in-house team and safety professionals during what can be stressful times. We offer practical, proactive advice to help protect against legal consequences arising from safety incidents, contractor failures and regulatory investigations. Our approach is always to find the right technical skills to assist you, so we engage safety consultants and experts as required. Our wide experience in inquest law also means that, in the event of a fatality, we can assist our clients in all related legal proceedings.
If something goes wrong, things can get serious. We’re proud of our track record in helping clients through some of Australia’s most challenging safety incidents, including multiple fatalities and high profile disasters – you can be confident we’ll work with you to protect your reputation and legal interests, and to assist your Board and senior decision makers in understanding the issues that confront you. Your relationships with your stakeholders, employees, unions, safety regulators and insurers will be front and centre in our thinking.
Here’s what we offer:
- practical advice on legal compliance for physical and mental health and safety, and due diligence
- training for all levels of your organisation on WHS/OHS compliance
- 24/7 incident response service
- expert advice during investigations, inquests and prosecutions.
Safety disputes and investigations
Workplace bullying and harassment
Managing injured workers, medical examinations and return to work
Dealing with unions and health & safety representatives
Dealing with safety regulators and appealing Improvement and Prohibition Notices
Advice and training on safety duties and safety management systems
Advice on contractor safety compliance, contracts and audits
Advice on due diligence for officers/senior leaders
Immediate crisis response and discussion of client profession privilege
Internal and external regulator and coronial investigations
Advice to individual directors and managers
Prosecutions and hearings
Defending prosecutions of employers and managers/Boards
Sentencing Act victim applications
Appeals against sentencing
To have a discussion about workplace health and safety, contact one of our professionals in the menu above: you’ll be in safe hands.