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.

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    Employment Law

    • Assisting clients in high-profile and sensitive investigations.
    • Preparing a range of employment contracts and advice, policy and procedures review, risk auditing and workplace training.
    • Assisting in unfair dismissals, redundancies, industrial relations litigation and bullying, harassment and discrimination claims.
    • Advising on minimum employment entitlements.
    • Advising on restraint of trade.
    • Representing in general employment-related litigation.
    • Conducting a significant investigation into serious misconduct claims by a vice chancellor at a university.
    • Advising on demobilising a large workforce across the full spectrum of employees.
    • Advising on one of the largest employee investigations undertaken in Australia, involving 53 employees.
    • Providing legal and strategic advice on issues arising from a highly sensitive bullying complaint brought by one of its managers against a member of the senior management team.
    • Advising the state government on industrial and employment law issues arising from the sale of its freight business.
    • Conducting major investigations regarding conduct of senior executives for numerous corporate clients.

    Industrial Relations Strategies

    • Advising on tactics and strategies to deal with industrial actions/disputes, including injunctions, return to work orders, secondary boycotts and industrial torts.
    • Advising on enterprise bargaining.
    • Advising on corporate restructuring, privatisation and contracting out.
    • Managing organisational change.
    • Advising on tactics and strategies to restrict union right of entry in the workplace.
    • Advising on modernisation of terms and conditions of employment.
    • Providing strategic advice on employment consequences arising from sales of business.

    Occupational Safety and Health (OHS)

    • Advising on workplace accident claims.
    • Advising on personal liability for directors and officers.
    • Representing a major corporation in one of Western Australia’s largest health and safety investigations commenced by regulators as a result of Cyclone George.
    • Providing strategic advice and representation in relation to appeal and setting aside improvement and prohibition notices under OHS legislation for a major airline and transport company.
    • Advising on an offshore safety case, the first case of its kind in Australia.

    Equal Opportunity

    • Advising on workplace discrimination claims.
    • Advising on harassment claims.
    • Advising on victimisation claims.

    Education

    • The University of Western Australia, LL.B., 1992

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), 2015-current
    • Member, Australian Institute of Building (AIB), 2015-current
    • Member, Industrial Relations and Workplace Risk Forum at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, 2017-current

    Languages

    • English
    • Italian
    • Recognised by Best Lawyers in Australia in Labour and Employment, Employee Benefits and Occupational Health & Safety Law since 2014
    • Listed in Chambers Asia Pacific in Band 4 as a “very measured individual who keeps his cool, is very factual and can be relied upon”
    • Listed in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific as “reliable and strategic”
    • Listed in Best Lawyers in Australia 2014-2018 for Employee Benefits Law, Labour & Employment Law and Occupational Health & Safety Law
    • Recognised in Doyle’s Guide 2013-16 as a Leading Employment and Workplace Relations Lawyer

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