With my colleague Jennifer Veiga, I lead MinterEllison’s workplace investigations practice. I am a trusted advisor on investigations and bring to investigations an enviable skill set, with significant legal expertise in employment and criminal law. I carry out investigations with rigour, precision and efficiency. I have conducted countless confidential and impartial investigations involving complaints about bullying and harassment, sexually inappropriate behaviour, corrupt conduct, public interest disclosures, whistleblower matters, occupational health and safety and maladministration. I appreciate that investigations can be stressful for participants and strive to always show empathy and professionalism.
More broadly, in MinterEllison’s work health and safety practice, I work with clients to proactively manage risk during regulatory investigations and to defend criminal prosecutions arising from workplace incidents in all jurisdictions in Australia. I have also supported numerous duty holders in defending appeals against improvement notices issued by work health and safety regulators both in VCAT and in interstate tribunals. I provide prompt and practical advice on incident management and also work with clients to develop effective health and safety compliance strategies. This includes: policy reviews, culture reviews, advising boards about compliance obligations, developing comprehensive safety governance frameworks and advice regarding ancillary safety laws such as in relation to heavy vehicle regulation and rail safety. In 2019 I participated in the Victorian Government's stakeholder consultation on the introduction of industrial manslaughter laws.
I am also a leading advisor to the public sector, with a particular interest in matters referred to the Independent Broad-Based Anti-Corruption Commission. I also act for the Department of Justice and Community Safety in post-sentence supervision of serious offenders, for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency in its regulation of health practitioners and for the Health Complaints Commissioner in her regulation of general health service providers. I regularly speak at industry events and to boards of both listed and not-for-profit providers. I have a background as a solicitor-advocate and have appeared in all courts and tribunals in Victoria.