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

Melissa Doran

Special Counsel

Melissa is truly a specialist Work Health and Safety (WHS) lawyer, with over 13 years of experience working across advisory and litigious WHS matters.  She has been retained by clients from a wide variety of sectors and has particular expertise in the resources and transport and logistics industries.

Throughout her career, Melissa has acted for both individuals and body corporates in defending WHS prosecutions across Australian jurisdictions.  She works diligently and empathetically to help her clients secure successful outcomes.

Prior to joining Hamilton Locke, Melissa was a Special Counsel at Clyde & Co. She has also worked for several leading global and national law firms, including Norton Rose Fulbright and Clayton Utz.


Work Health and Safety; Employment Law

  • Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts – Macquarie University
  • Admitted to practice in New South Wales and the High Court of Australia


  • Acting for individuals charged under Work Health and Safety Laws, including successfully resolving matters by way of enforceable undertakings.
  • Acting for a body corporate in the defence of a prosecution under Work Health and Safety Laws arising from a heavy vehicle unloading incident. The matter was successfully resolved part way through the hearing.
  • Conducting investigations following serious workplace incidents for the purposes of providing legal advice and assisting with regulatory interactions.
  • Acting for a transport and logistics company in negotiating an enforceable undertaking in respect of an alleged contravention of the Heavy Vehicle National Law.
  • Acting in coronial inquiries arising from workplace fatalities.
  • Providing due diligence training to private and public sector Boards and executive teams.
  • Advising on safety management systems, including best practice and legislative requirements.