Nathan specialises in work health and safety, employment and administrative law. An experienced litigator, his client experience covers both private and public sectors with recognised expertise in mining, transport and government sectors.
Working across a broad client base, Nathan’s experience ranges from Australian and internationally-based private sector clients, to State and Commonwealth government agencies, and local governments.
His strong technical skills include advising businesses and their officers on compliance with their work health and safety obligations, advising on major safety incidents including in the “dual-regulated” mining and rail industries, and prosecuting and defending safety prosecutions.
Focussing on employment, he is regularly involved with employment litigation including unfair dismissal, adverse action and discrimination claims, and employment advice regarding contracts of employment, policies, performance management and workplace investigations.
Within Industrial relations, he negotiates enterprise agreements, manages industrial disputes and advises on the interpretation of awards and agreements. Lastly his knowledge of Administrative Law is highly utilised in judicial reviews of government decisions including privacy, government information and licensing decisions.
Australian mine operator
Advised on complex criminal proceedings arising out of a fatal underground mining incident including incident investigation and advised on the subsequent regulatory investigation.
Advised on obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW) and the Rail Safety National Law.
Advised a large Council on the management and termination of an employee who could not perform their position as a result of a work-related injury and acting in the successful defence of an unfair dismissal claim.
Advised a large NSW agency on disciplinary action against employees arising out of misconduct and/or poor performance. Acted in proceedings seeking review of disciplinary action.
Mine safety prosecutor
Acted for the prosecutor in a successful safety prosecution of a large Australian mining contractor arising out of a fatal underground mining incident.
Acted for a large Commonwealth department in judicial review proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia arising out of an allegation that the Commonwealth had contravened an individual’s human rights in breach of an international convention.