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Maddocks

Employment

4 ranked lawyersBand 3AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

High-quality employment law practice with expertise advising public sector clients on enterprise bargaining and industrial relations matters. Particularly visible advising clients from the healthcare sector, and also recognised for its strong corporate client base. Also adept at advising clients on employee disputes such as unfair dismissal and confidential information matters. Provides additional specialised expertise in workplace health and safety issues and is noted for representing governmental departments in prosecutions. Maintains offices in Sydney and Canberra alongside its traditional Melbourne headquarters.

Strengths

A client highlights the pragmatism of the team's advice, noting: "They have such a strong customer service ethic in delivering advice that helps us choose the right path. They do not sit on the fence; law is not always 'definitive,' but Maddocks make the risks versus benefits of each scenario clear."

A further client appreciates the team's "frank and fearless" advice.

Work highlights

Defended the Department of the Environment and Energy in a prosecution under the Work Health and Safety Act, concerning an inquest into the death of a contracted helicopter pilot in the Australian Antarctic Territories.

Notable practitioners

Bruce Heddle is a highly experienced practitioner who has a broad practice across the range of employment matters. He often assists employers on issues relating to engagement, remuneration and industrial relations.

Catherine Dunlop acts for a number of government departments as well as clients in the health and aged care sectors. She handles a range of workplace health and safety matters including compliance, fatalities and inquests.

Maree Skinner advises on contentious and compliance matters, involving both unions and employee relations. A client comments: "She's a really experienced practitioner. I know when I ring I have someone with almost 30 years of experience answering," and goes on to add: "She's also very practical and responsive."

Ross Jackson is well regarded for his practice in the public sector, often acting for governmental clients in disputes and enterprise bargaining matters. One client emphasises his depth of knowledge, noting: "He is highly responsive, personable and very helpful and is across all areas of employment law."

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Australia

Employment: New South Wales


Bruce Heddle
Band 3
Maree Skinner
Band 4

Employment: Victoria


Ross Jackson
Band 3

Health & Safety


Catherine Dunlop
Band 4