Penny Stevens
Penny Stevens
Penny Stevens Partner
t: +61 3 9291 2315
m: +61 427 236 946
o: Melbourne

Penny Stevens


About Penny

Penny is widely acknowledged as an industry-leading work health and safety lawyer and is listed in Best Lawyers in Australia (2019, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012) for OHS law and was named Lawyer of the Year for Occupational Health and Safety in Melbourne, in 2019, 2013 and 2012.

What she does

Penny has over 20 years' experience advising on all aspects of work health and safety and criminal law. Drawing on her experience in criminal law and her work with government bodies, she delivers expert advice to clients in a range of sectors. She has expertise in incident response and management, conduct of prosecutions, coronial investigations and inquests, Sentencing Act claims, as well as compliance, advice and training in work health and safety legislation. Penny also provides ongoing advice to clients on how to ensure employee safety and workplace risk mitigation.

Who she works with

Penny advises general counsel, safety managers and HR managers in the food, logistics, manufacturing, mining, energy, transport and forestry industries. She provides advice on rights and obligations under the occupational health and safety legislation and strategic advice following safety incidents. Penny also defends prosecutions issued following a safety incident.

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What her clients say

Listed: Preeminent Leading Workplace Health & Safety Lawyer - Australia and Victoria - Doyle's Guide 2017

Listed: Leading Workplace Health & Safety Lawyer - Melbourne - Doyle's Guide 2016

Listed: Recommended Leading Employment Lawyer - Melbourne - Doyle's Guide 2015


Penny has a Bachelor of Arts / Law from the University of Tasmania.

Life before Sparkes

Before joining Sparkes in April 2015, Penny was a partner at K&L Gates and has previously worked at Hall & Wilcox, Freehills and Minter Ellison. She has practised exclusively in the area of work health and safety in Melbourne for more than 15 years and also has extensive criminal law experience.

Life outside of Sparkes

Penny loves to travel to Italy where she enjoys the food, wine and shopping. She also loves to run as a way to relax and enjoy the outdoors.