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Penny is a strategic thinker and an expert in workplace health and safety law. She provides industry best practice and risk mitigation strategies to ensure your organisation meets its commercial objectives while maintaining a safe environment for employees.

She has extensive experience defending prosecutions across a broad range of industries as well as advising and representing clients on questions of law in the Victorian Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court of Australia.

When the stakes are high, Penny keeps a cool head to guide her clients through difficult and complex situations.

Penny’s focus is on protecting her clients, and setting out the legal implications of each decision they make in a clear, logical and straightforward manner.

Given the nature of Penny’s work she is available 24/7 to support each person, at every level of the business, during complex and stressful investigations by regulators.

Seyfarth just celebrated ten years of service to leading employers in Australia. To mark the occasion, we invited some of our partners to share insights on the evolution of employment, industrial relations and workplace safety in Australia over the past ten years.

What have been the biggest changes in employment law, industrial relations and workplace

The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021 estimates that at the current rate of progress it will take more than two and a half centuries to close the worldwide gender gap in economic participation and opportunity, with Australia ranked 70 out of 156 countries. Although the proportion of skilled women in the workforce

Some time ago, we queried whether punitive enforcement action against duty holders was the best approach for improving health and safety outcomes for Australian workers.

Since then, Australian Parliaments have been busy creating yet more offences for the statute books, that carry even more serious penalties. Industrial manslaughter is just one example. Cynics might interpret