Siobhan Flores-Walsh

Partner. Sydney.

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Siobhan is a partner in our Employment, Workplace Relations and Safety team and is recognised for her deep skills and experience in safety, industrial relations, employment and anti-discrimination law. She is ranked as a Leading Individual in work health and safety law and as a leading employment/workplace relations lawyer in all key legal directories.

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Siobhan is a partner in our Employment, Workplace Relations and Safety team and is recognised for her deep skills and experience in safety, industrial relations, employment and anti-discrimination law. She is ranked as a Leading Individual in work health and safety law and as a leading employment/workplace relations lawyer in all key legal directories.

Siobhan is a highly proficient workplace relations litigator (with particular expertise in the construction and infrastructure sectors) who has prosecuted breaches of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and prosecuted and defended breaches of WHS laws; she has also worked extensively as a mediator and understands alternate dispute resolution. She has strong skills in conducting investigations that withstand judicial scrutiny.

Siobhan has had over 25 years’ experience in legal practice and workplace management (having worked at the Shell Oil Company and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation) and she has developed expertise in strategic and cost-effective litigation management, crisis management services and the design and implementation of workplace compliance systems. She understands the seamless integration of HR, IR, safety and anti-discrimination issues.

Siobhan works extensively with Boards and senior management to tackle the full spectrum of workplace relations issues (she has completed the Company Directors Course (AICD).

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“No other lawyer has her grasp of detail combined with extensive practical experience” Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2017

Siobhan's Expertise

  • Workplace Litigation Extensive experience over 25 years litigating breaches of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), WHS Laws and associated employment statutes, as well as common law employment law litigation – has litigated extensively in the construction and infrastructure industries as well as for government agencies.
  • Right of Entry Managing right of entry (Industrial and WHS).
  • Workplace Investigations Investigating workplace complaints (including bullying and misconduct) and delivering comprehensive reports and disciplinary advice. Investigating allegations of policy and safety breaches and delivering comprehensive reports.
  • Regulatory Expertise Defending and prosecuting matters relating to the use of regulators’ coercive information gathering powers. Managing the interface between different regulators on construction sites.
  • Employment and Discrimination Claims Defending employment and discrimination claims in common law courts and tribunals.
  • Crisis Management Delivering crisis management services and delivering robust scenario training.
  • Employment and WHS Training Delivering training at all levels and in all aspects of employment, safety, discrimination and IR law, from the Board to the shop-floor.
  • WHS Systems Preparing easy-to-use WHS systems and delivering extensive advice and training about the concurrent duty holder’s duty across a variety of industries.
  • Audits Conducting legal compliance audits for safety (including director and other officer’s compliance), the Fair Work Act, anti-discrimination laws and contractual compliance (including confidential information and post-employment issues). Advising on how to ‘close-out’ deficiencies disclosed in audits.
  • WHS and Environmental Prosecutions Managing the complex interaction of WHS and environmental prosecutions.

Siobhan's Leadership

  • Women in Construction Member
  • Women Lawyers Association of New South Wales Member
  • Safety Institute of New South Wales Member
  • Australian Corporate Lawyers Association Member
  • Law Society of New South Wales Member
  • Editorial Panel for “OHS Professional” Member

What others say

  • “Leading Lawyer - Health & Safety ” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2018
  • “Best Lawyer - Occupational Health & Safety Law” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2013-2018
  • “'No other lawyer has her grasp of detail combined with extensive practical experience'” Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2017
  • “She is fantastic. Delivers on time. Does whatever is required to get the work done. She is efficient, economic. She's first-rate” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2016
  • “Leading Lawyer - Employment” Chambers Asia Pacific and Global Guides, 2011-2017
  • “Leading Lawyer - Employment” Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2012-2013 & 2016-2017
  • “Recommended Lawyer - Employment” Doyle's Lawyers, Guide 2016-2018

Siobhan's Thinking