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Miriam Asar

Lawyer

Miriam is a lawyer with specialist experience in workplace law. Miriam’s comprehensive background in health and safety law and employment law has given her a full perspective of the workplace environment. Miriam’s practice is also truly multi-jurisdictional, and she has acted in a variety of Courts and Tribunals around Australia, both in civil and criminal matters.

Miriam understands that employment, and health and safety matters are of critical importance to the continued operation of an organisation and strives to provide full support to her clients in this regard.

Miriam has worked for clients in a broad range of industries. Key clients have included companies in the insurance, transport, construction, logistics and supply chain, facilities management, commercial real estate, healthcare, public services, manufacturing, and mining industries.

Miriam has a breadth of experience in workplace matters, including health and safety law, this includes regulatory investigations, criminal prosecutions (both defended hearings, pleas in mitigation and enforceable undertakings), advisory and compliance work, conducting privileged investigations of health and safety incidents, and merits review of regulatory decisions. In employment law, this has included advising on the whole of the employment lifecycle, conducting workplace/whistleblower investigations, building and advising on policies and procedures and their implementation, and commencing/defending proceedings.

Prior to joining Hamilton Locke, Miriam worked in the Regulatory & Investigations team at Clyde & Co, working broadly on employment and health and safety matters.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Heath and Safety; Employment; General Commercial; Litigation

QUALIFICATIONS
  • Bachelor of Laws – University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts (Government and International Relations) – University of Sydney
SELECTED REPRESENTATIONS
  • Acting in criminal prosecutions alleging offences under work health and safety laws, recently including a defended hearing in the District Court which resolved mid-trial with the withdrawal of charges, a plea in mitigation in Magistrates Court, and negotiating an enforceable undertaking in lieu of a prosecution in the Magistrates Court.
  • Advising clients in relation to work health and safety obligations arising from the COVID-19 pandemic (and associated State/Territory legislation), including preparing the Australian Screen Production Industry COVID-Safe Guidelines (V1).
  • Acting in the Australian Human Rights Commission and then the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia in relation to allegations of sexual harassment and victimisation.
  • Acting in relation to three separate proceedings, brought against companies, former directors, and a former employee, alleging breaches of contract (post-employment restraints and misuse of confidential and commercially sensitive information) and the Corporations Act, in the Supreme Court.
  • Acting in relation to a claim brought in the Federal Court alleging copyright infringement and a cross-claim alleging copyright infringement and misleading and deceptive conduct.