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Tom in 60 seconds

Tom is a workplace relations expert who specialises in work health and safety and employment litigation.

Tom is passionate about Work Health and Safety Law. As a previous work health and safety investigator at the Commonwealth WHS regulator, Comcare, Tom provides his clients with a uniquely practical perspective on WHS compliance. His clients rely on him to provide pragmatic advice to ensure that their businesses, and their officers, are complying with the WHS Laws. Tom is often called upon to attend sites after serious incidents and provide immediate assistance and advice.

Tom also advises and litigates across all "dual regulation" health and safety regimes, including rail, mining, aviation and marine. He also acts for his clients in coronial inquests arising from workplace deaths.

In addition to his WHS practice, Tom is an experienced employment litigator, advising and advocating in a variety of State and Federal jurisdictions. He regularly appears before the Fair Work Commission, Australian Human Rights Commission, Industrial Relations Commission of NSW and various other state and Federal courts.

Tom has recently completed secondments at the Westpac Banking Corporation and NSW Police Force, specialising in employment litigation.

Qualifications

  • LLB (Hons) B. Psych Sci.
    Cert IV Government Investigations


Tom's Recent Experience

Australian National Retail Association (ANRA)

The Transport Workers Union is seeking an order imposing minimum rates for contractor drivers engaged in long distance freight cartage and freight cartage in the supermarket sector. This has the potential to impact the retail industry substantially. We are appearing for ANRA in these proceedings.

Transport for NSW and RailCorp

Lead adviser on the restructure of employment in the RailCorp reform. Advised on the use of legislative provisions to transfer employees; the transfer of the RailCorp Enterprise Agreements and the transfer of other employment conditions; obtaining an order for the RailCorp Enterprise Agreement to apply to new employees in Sydney Trains and NSW Trains; restructuring employment arrangements for senior executives; and the operation and future negotiation of enterprise agreements for each subsidiary.

Tom's Recent Insights

WHS – an imperfect harmony?

  • 12 Apr 2017

Last week the Queensland Government signalled potential changes to its model WHS Law, including the possible introduction of higher penalties and additional criminal offences for individuals. This,...

High Court: OK to sack for 'Scabs' sign

  • 16 Oct 2014

October 2014The High Court has upheld BHP's sacking of an employee for waving a sign accusing other employees of being 'scabs'. The decision strongly reinforces the High Court's 201...

Failure to Meet the Inherent Requirements

  • 21 Mar 2014

March 2014A Rail Safety PerspectiveDismissal of long-term sick or injured employees is a difficult challenge for all employers. However, employers in the rail industry face unique consideratio...