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Protecting you and your people


You wouldn’t believe some of the things we’ve seen—freak accidents and catastrophic events that defy comprehension. The safety landscape must evolve and adapt with every incident, so employers will forever be under enormous pressure to comply with multiple safety obligations and respond appropriately to incidents. We work with so many different industries—utilities, clients in the resource sector, professional services, logistics and transport, and commercial developers—so we have a unique depth to our experience across safety issues.

Then there’s the very unique type of work we do—regulatory investigations and prosecutions, and coronial inquests and inquiries. We deal with investigations, requests for information, communications, worker and manager interviews, submissions and defences—you name it! Our service is end-to-end, with workplace health and safety (WHS) legal briefings for senior executives and boards as well as WHS training for staff and managers, including court simulations and regulator interview simulations. We deliver the serious messages in an engaging way.

Safety litigation is a large part of what we do, too. From managing claims and advising on litigation strategies, to conducting executive liability briefings. We also assist with improvement and prohibition notices, strategy, internal review, litigation and appeals, as well as preparing and approving Enforceable Undertakings. The list goes on. 

We make sure your safety governance and assurance is robust. We help with regulatory compliance, risk management, policy development, codes of conduct, investigations and training. And we’re specialists in due diligence compliance, drugs and alcohol, fatigue management, mental health and violence in the workplace. Many of our lawyers have written published articles on these topics.

We’re proactive and work with clients to nip potential safety issues in the bud. An example of this is with our consumable manufacturer clients, we ensure compliance with food safety, food handling and contamination regulations, and provide guidance on liability. We’re well across transport chain of responsibility, including advising on regulations, improvement and infringement notices, supervisory intervention orders, licensing and registration sanctions, prohibition orders and penalties. And in construction, we work in contractor management, dealing with systems, contracts and document reviews.

Across all industries, we support due diligence from a policy and procedure, and regulatory compliance perspective—and assist with audits and inspections.

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Independently acknowledged as a leader in our field, our team was recently awarded AFR Best Lawyers 2020 & 2019 Law Firm of the Year for expertise in Occupational Health & Safety Law.

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