Navigating the world of work.

The Arena

The workplace is where so many people spend the bulk of their time. The law regulates this area in different ways. There is the contractual relationship between employer and employee and then there is the responsibility on employers (and employees) to ensure that the workplace is kept safe.

The challenge is to have the good intentions of all parties translated into productive working relationships within the scheme of laws that apply to the workplace.

Should claims or disputes arise from the workplace, all parties benefit from clarity of legal positioning.

Why Civic Legal?

Employment law

Civic Legal knows that this area of law requires not only legal knowledge and experience, but also a certain level of sensitivity. That is the nature of dealing with people in the workplace, whether that be recruiting key staff or managing brewing disagreements.

When we provide our advice and representation in this area, we keep in mind the fact that the key to successful workplace relations is balancing the legal, commercial and human aspects of the situation to satisfactory outcomes.

Anthony Quahe is able to provide advice and representation that is informed by a wealth of cross-cultural awareness and experience as an employer when assisting his clients in this area.

Anthony has advised commercial and local government clients on employment law, appearing in the WA Industrial Relations Tribunal, the Equal Opportunity Commission and the Fair Work Commission. He has acted in unfair dismissal matters as advocate and has also provided strategic guidance to the local government sector in this sphere.

Gray Porter is a skilled negotiator and has represented clients in the Fair Work Commission. His in-depth knowledge of personal injury cases means he is able to add a great deal of value to employment law matters where they are associated with allegations of psychological injury.

Occupational safety and health law

Our team has over 40 years’ experience in this area of practice, encompassing over 800 accident compensation claims since 1986.

Our lawyers’ experience in workers’ compensation law and occupational safety and health law ties in well with our experience in employment law as these areas can intersect in some cases.

Our team has experience in the normal range of physiological claims but also in the emerging area of stress-related psychological injury claims. Furthermore, the team is strengthened by our capability in industrial diseases claims (asbestos-related), which adds a depth to the team that very few other firms in WA can match.

When it comes to WorkSafe investigations, we are aware of the potential for disruption that such a process can have on an organisation. We have the experience and capability to advise clients about the process, rights and obligations in the context of such investigations. We also have the experience to represent clients should the prosecution result.

The tried and tested experience of our team also gives us the capability to advise on preventative strategies to employers and their insurers, whether that be in government authorities or in commercial enterprises. Those strategies can mean a change in the design of equipment or the operational procedures of an enterprise.

We can assist with:

  • Advising on preventative strategies
  • Awards and enterprise agreements
  • Business protection
  • Directors and officers (D&O) liability
  • Employers’ liability
  • Industrial diseases claims (particularly asbestos-related)
  • Insurance reserves, liability, quantum, indemnity and strategic claims management
  • Litigating workplace related claims
  • Managing the review of multiple contracts by international clients seeking to employ staff in Australia and overseas
  • Physiological claims
  • Public liability
  • Representation and conciliation in the Fair Work Commission and the Industrial Relations Tribunal
  • Reviewing and revising contracts of employment
  • Stress-related psychological injury claims
  • Workers’ compensation claims
  • WorkSafe investigations

 


“Civic Legal assisted us in a difficult employment related issue recently that was out of our depth. Anthony Quahe very quickly understood our predicament, sought the finer detail and provided us with a clear and coherent path forward. Most importantly Anthony removed any uncertainty from the process by using everyday language.”

Brad Rouse

Managing Director, Danish Patisserie

 


“Walcon Marine Australasia engaged Civic Legal to represent it recently with regard to a matter in the Fair Work Commission. We found the firm to be very friendly and approachable to deal with. When it came to the actual FWC process, Civic Legal worked responsively and seamlessly with us to get our legal position clearly presented. We were pleased with the outcome and that speaks well of Civic Legal. We liked the way Civic Legal showed commitment and professionalism throughout the matter and we would have no hesitation in recommending Civic Legal to other businesses.”

Brad Hunting

General Manager, Walcon Marine Australasia Pty Ltd

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