Mr Bruce Butler

Bruce provides expert legal and commercial advice in a coordinated manner regarding the matrix of issues confronting employers, acting across a diverse range of industries. He also acts for a number of insurers who provide employment practices liability cover.

Bruce has the practical experience of having acted in-house for a large national employer in respect to employment and work health and safety matters as well as workers compensation claims. His understanding of the conflicting interaction between the obligations placed on employers is built on his 30 years of experience and enables him to advise all levels of management within a company in order that the corporate goals are achieved.

Bruce’s experience extends to advising on equal opportunity and discrimination where he advises employers, employees and independent contractors on their statutory rights and obligations. Bruce also advises on matters involving industrial accident, occupier’s liability and product liability.

Major matters
▲ Rinker Group Limited v WorkCover Corporation of South Australia [2006] SASC 300
▲ Giuseppe Villani v Holcim (Australia) Pty Ltd [2011] FCA FC 155
▲ Successfully defended a Full Court Appeal by an employee arguing jurisdictional error by Fair Work Australia with costs awarded against the employee
▲ Advising on the construction, drafting and interpretation of contracts, agreements and Awards
▲ Advising in respect to rights and obligations under the Fair Work Australia Act 2009 (Commonwealth)
▲ Advising and acting in relation to rights, obligations and complaints under Equal Opportunity and Discrimination Legislation (Victorian and Commonwealth)
▲ Dispute resolution
▲ Advising on termination of employment and redundancies including unfair dismissal and unfair contract claims
▲ Advising and acting in matters involving General Protection / Adverse Actions Applications
▲ Restraint of post employment activities of employees or contractors
▲ Drafting of employment contracts, agency agreements and independent contractor arrangements
▲ Advising on obligations and liabilities for employers arising under WHS and Work Health legislation.

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