Ruth Fesseha
Lawyer
Olivia Boyle
Consultant
Angus Verheul
Law Graduate
Taufiq Arahman
Lawyer
Ed Macgregor
Senior Associate
Samridhi Sinha
Lawyer
Peter Mutema
Consultant
Joanna Wang
Lawyer

Laura Driscoll

Special Counsel

Laura is experienced in guiding her clients through both advisory and litigious Work Health and Safety (WHS) matters. She recognises the importance of working closely with her clients to gain an understanding of their operations and the specific WHS risks their organisations face. Gaining an integral understanding of her client’s operations provides Laura with the opportunity to give clients appropriate risk management solutions.

Laura has been retained by clients across a wide variety of sectors and experience in the transport, energy, resources, retail, warehousing/logistics, mining and construction sectors.

Laura provides training to a diverse range of organisations and officers, particularly in relation to the intricacies of WHS legislation. Laura provides immediate advice to clients on incident response and assists clients in responding to regulatory investigations. She also manages contentious matters including the defence of prosecutions brought by regulators against companies, their officers, and workers.

Prior to joining Hamilton Locke, Laura worked at Clyde & Co and also has experience working in London and Auckland.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Work Health and Safety; Workplace and Employment

QUALIFICATIONS
  • Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce – University of Otago
  • Admitted as a Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales
  • Admitted to the High Court of New Zealand as a Barrister and Solicitor
  • CEDR Accredited Mediator

 

SELECTED REPRESENTATIONS
  • Acting for a mining company, its holding company, and officers in relation to a serious WHS incident that resulted in charges being withdrawn against the holding company and officers.
  • Negotiating Enforceable Undertakings for clients in various States and Territories in Australia including successfully negotiating Enforceable Undertakings in relation to fatal incidents.
  • Representing clients at sentencing hearings in relation to breaches of the WHS legislation.
  • Acting for a major construction company as an interested party in a coronial inquest into the death of a trespasser on its construction site.
  • Delivering officer due diligence training to senior leaders of large corporations.
  • Successfully sought internal and external review of improvement notices issued under WHS legislation.