Bruno Di Girolami advises on sensitive and strategic labour law issues at executive and board level, as well as complex cross-border challenges faced by global employers. As a negotiator and litigator, Bruno has forged a strong reputation in complex dispute resolution and major incident response in various courts, employment tribunals and with state federal regulators.
Bruno has taken a lead advisor role in a variety of matters with a particular focus on sensitive, high-profile employment disputes and major incident response; high-profile, complex and protracted workplace investigations; defence of work health and safety prosecutions and incident response; executive- and board-level advice; and complex cross-border employment advice.
Bruno advises major corporations in manufacturing, retail, transport, mining, construction, banking and finance and property development industries. Bruno has also assisted government employers and has specific experience in highly unionised industries.
With a strong foundation in workplace-related law, Bruno’s practice focuses on industrial relations strategies and disputes; enterprise bargaining negotiations; prosecutions; dismissals; employment aspects of major restructurings, privatisations, sales and outsourcing; and restraint of trade litigation.
Bruno advises on employment and industrial relations law issues associated with commercial transactions, particularly those with highly complex employment arrangements such as outsourcings, sales of business and public-private and government sector transitions.
Bruno’s experience in the occupational health and safety sector includes advising Australia-based and offshore clients in relation to occupational health and safety compliance including contract management. He has represented large employers in relation to industrial accidents resulting in deaths and serious injury, including in prosecutions and coronial inquests. In addition to defending prosecutions, Bruno provides strategic advice on aspects of incident response, including dealing with WorkSafe, assessing a director’s liability, conducting occupational health and safety compliance audits and implementing safety management systems.
As a trial lawyer, Bruno’s litigation experience includes major breach of contract claims by senior executives, restraint of trade litigation against departing executives, adverse action complaints and all manner of prosecutions, from industrial breaches to unfair dismissals. He also advises on restructures, discipline and dismissals (including executive dismissals), award and enterprise agreement obligations and drafting contracts, policies and incentive plans. He regularly conducts proceedings before Fair Work Australia, the Federal Court, Federal Magistrate Courts, as well as other courts and tribunals.
Bruno is listed in Best Lawyers in Australia 2014-18 for Employee Benefits Law, Labour & Employment Law and Occupational Health & Safety Law. He is also recognised as a leading L&E lawyer by Doyle’s Guide 2013-16.
Industrial Relations Strategies
Occupational Safety and Health (OHS)