Areas of Expertise

Deanna has over 16 years’ experience as a lawyer and has acted in some of Australia’s most prominent workplace relations cases. Working closely with her clients, she advises on areas such as workplace bullying, industrial action, wage claims and safety prosecutions. She has also advised on many sensitive workplace investigations.

Deanna provides common sense, practical legal advice that’s tailored to the precise needs of her clients. An accredited mediator, she is also known for taking a down-to-earth approach to ease difficult discussions on issues like bullying and harassment. She also specialises in resolving workplace disputes on heavily unionised sites.

Deanna loves it when her work takes her across different industries to see how people work and how she can make a difference.

 

What Deanna’s clients say

“Deanna combines a strong legal mind with great relationship skills. I can think of many examples where, in tense situations, Deanna used her people skills to relax people and deliver a win-win outcome. I highly recommend Deanna for both public and private employers who need legal advice in the workplace relations area.” – Ian Heycox Director Business Partnerships, People and Culture, Monash Health

 

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology (University of Adelaide)

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (University of Adelaide)

  • Accredited Specialist in Employment and Industrial Relations

  • Accredited Mediator - Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators

  • Industrial Relations Society of Victoria

 

A word from Deanna

"I’ve been flattered when clients say to me that I am not stuffy, and that I am easy to deal with. I value my relationships with clients that I have built up over the years and am pleased that they come to me in difficult situations when the stakes are high.  I gain a real sense of satisfaction when I can help out."

 

Career highlights

  • Representing a well-known Australian publicly listed company in Supreme Court of Victoria proceedings against the CFMEU. 

  • Representing the Office of Fair Work Industry Inspectorate in right of entry breach proceedings against the CFMEU.

  • Providing regular, urgent legal advice to a large global security and custodial services business on termination of employment, long-term injured and absent employees, discrimination and interpreting enterprise agreements.

  • Successfully obtaining urgent interlocutory relief for an employer to stop threatened industrial action over a possible threat to safety. 

  • Drafting enterprise agreements for a major tertiary institution.

 

Specific areas of focus

Industrial relations: Industrial relations law, including right of entry and agreement making as well as industrial action disputes.

Interpretation: Interpreting agreement and awards, including contesting or defending breach or underpayment claims.

Termination of employment: Including unfair dismissal, discrimination, adverse action, redundancy, and negotiations.