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A Special Counsel in industrial relations and human resources, Sonia is known for her commercial awareness and ability to combine practical legal advice with a strong understanding of clients’ business objectives.
Sonia works with organisations in a range of industries including resources, manufacturing, insurance, disability, education, media, security, transport and logistics. She has also provided strategic industrial and employment advice to local government authorities throughout regional and metropolitan South Australia.
Sonia provides legal support and advice on the full range of industrial relations issues including industrial and employment strategy, change management, outsourcing, restructuring, occupational health and safety, due diligence, termination, discrimination, equal opportunity, employment contracts and enterprise bargaining.
In addition, Sonia assists employers to resolve disputes and delivers excellent results as an industrial litigator. She regularly appears before The Fair Work Commission, the Federal Magistrates Court, the South Australian Court and the State Industrial Relations Commission.
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Sonia has a sound understanding of employment law and its application within organisations. This understanding underpins Sonia’s highly regarded advisory practice which covers areas such as change management, performance management, discipline and dismissals, award and enterprise agreement interpretation and drafting of contracts, policies and procedures.
Sonia is highly regarded for her ability to investigate workplace grievances including complaints of discrimination, harassment and bullying. She also provides an effective mediation service to assist organisations in resolving these sensitive workplace matters.
Sonia has a proven ability to deliver better understanding and positive outcomes for her clients in all areas of industrial relations. She regularly appears before industrial tribunals in matters relating to industrial action and enterprise bargaining.
Sonia is committed to the promotion of better occupational, health and safety in the workplace. She advises organisations on best-practice incident response management and facilitates effective dealings with Safe Work SA inspectors. Sonia has successfully defended companies facing prosecution under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Sonia develops, prepares and presents training courses and workshops which educate management and employees on work related compliance and management issues. Her particular strengths in this area include Performance Management, Workplace Bullying, Equal Opportunity and Injured Employee Management.