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Norman Waterhouse
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 matters.

Our approach

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.

We have acted and continue to act for a majority of metropolitan and regional Councils and their subsidiaries. Our knowledge base includes advising on the Fair Work Act 1994 (SA), Return to Work Act 2014 (SA), the Local Government Employees Award, the South Australian Municipal Salaried Officers Award, all other South Australian public sector and private sector Awards, enterprise agreements, other legislative and industrial instruments.

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 each of our clients.

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

In addition to this, our team also regularly delivers training workshops and seminars to inform and educate CEOs, executives, HR professionals and staff, in order to reduce legal risks and workplace disputes. We are the provider of choice for training on employment and governance-related matters delivered to the local government industry in South Australia. Our topics include, Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 (SA), performance management, workplace bullying and harassment, work health and safety.


  • 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 complains 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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