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Norman Waterhouse
We are committed to providing high quality, pragmatic and strategic industrial relations and Work Health and Safety (WHS) advice. Our lawyers are approachable, responsive, and accustomed to meeting the tight deadlines that commonly apply in employment and WHS related matters.

Our approach

Norman Waterhouse has one of the largest teams of employment law and Work Health and Safety (WHS) experts in South Australia.

We have been one of South Australia’s pre-eminent employment and WHS law practices for well over three decades. A number of our practitioners continue to be listed as Leading Employment Lawyers and Leading Workplace Health and Safety Lawyers in Doyle’s Guide.

Our team has a breadth of experience to represent our clients in litigious and non-litigious matters, and provide clients with practical advice on their legislative, industrial, and contractual rights and obligations.

Our understanding and ability to manage complex employment and WHS matters reflects our many years of experience. Our expertise ranges across different sectors and industries, and we provide personalised services to large and small organisations as well as individuals. Our team regularly represents and provides advice to clients in manufacturing, abattoirs, automotive, construction, medical & allied health, real estate, retail, hospitality and financial services industries.

We understand that our clients require timely responses as well as practical solutions. We establish strong lasting relationships with our clients and have a thorough understanding of their business so that our advice fits within their legal, commercial and strategic objectives.

The Norman Waterhouse Employment & Safety team also regularly delivers training workshops and seminars to inform and educate our clients and their staff, in order to reduce legal risks and workplace disputes.


  • Litigious and non-litigious industrial and employment related disputes
  • Contractual disputes
  • Interpretation and application of Awards, Enterprise Agreements, industrial agreements and legislation;
  • Workplace policies and procedures
  • Workplace investigations
  • Termination and disciplinary action
  • Unfair Dismissals
  • General Protections
  • Restructuring and redundancy
  • Investigation and review of WHS matters
  • Defending WHS prosecutions
  • Workers compensation
  • Code of conduct complaints and investigations
  • Employee drug and alcohol matters
  • Performance management
  • Absenteeism
  • Enterprise bargaining agreements and negotiations
  • Industrial action
  • Judicial reviews
  • Equal opportunity and discrimination
  • Underpayment claims
  • Independent contractor advice and agreements
  • Employment related taxation and Superannuation
  • Training workshops and seminars
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