Clare is a Partner in HWL Ebsworth's Workplace Relations and Safety team.
Clare has broad expertise in employment & workplace relations matters, having practised as a registered industrial advocate before joining the legal profession. Her work encompasses all aspects of the employment relationship, advising and representing employers on a range of workplace legal issues including industrial & employment, enterprise bargaining, workplace health & safety, workers compensation and discrimination matters. Her practice has both an advisory and litigious focus.
Clare has been named as one of South Australia's leading practitioners in workplace law by the Australian Legal Business Magazine and Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession names Clare as a Leading Employment and Industrial Relations Lawyer 2016. Clare has also been named in the Australian Financial Review's Best Lawyers® for Alternative Dispute Resolution and Occupational Health & Safety Law.
- Representing an automotive industry employer in re-negotiating its enterprise agreements against a background of multiple union representation, a history of industrial disputation and significant industry re-structuring;
- Successfully obtaining an Equal Opportunity Act exemption allowing a defence industry employer to take a person's nationality into account when employing workers for sensitive national security projects;
- Representing a large wine industry employer in an industrial dispute with two trade unions which arose after the company decided to outsource part of its operations, resulting in the redundancy of several positions;
- Advising a range of clients about employment issues arising from business acquisitions and disposals, including the transfer of industrial instruments, management of change and redundancy;
- Representing a heavy-industry employer in a workplace health & safety prosecution following a fatality at its worksite, and associated claims for compensation by the worker's family;
- Advising a local government organisation about the potential workers compensation risks and liabilities associated with allowing an employee with significant non-occupational injuries to return to work, and successfully defending a subsequent discrimination claim; and
- Advising a large employer about complex workers compensation claims involving alleged illnesses & disorders of the mind where there were contested facts, histories of pre-existing psychiatric problems and disputed claims regarding disciplinary counselling and performance management.
- Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
- Bachelor of Management (Labour Relations)
- Industrial Relations Society of SA
- Australian Labour Law Association
- Certified Professional Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute
- When Worlds Collide: Managing Workplace Safety and Employee Discipline  AMPLA Yearbook ISSN 0812-857X