Senior Principal Lawyer
Lara started her career in private practice working mostly in general litigation, including workers’ compensation before joining Crown Law in 2002. As a Senior Principal Lawyer in Crown Law’s Workplace Law Team, Lara provides expert legal services in all areas of workplace law. Lara’s legal work for Queensland Government departments and agencies includes:
- providing advice and representation for clients in reinstatement applications in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission
- advising clients and preparing documentation in disciplinary processes under the Public Service Act 2008 and other legislation
- assisting clients to manage difficult employee behaviour, performance and health issues including responding to employee complaints, initiating ill health retirement processes and performance improvement processes
- defending discrimination and sexual harassment complaints lodged in the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commission, Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Australian Human Rights Commission
- challenging workers’ compensation decisions by review applications to the Workers’ Compensation Regulator and in appeals to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission
- advising on the full range of workplace issues, including appointments and senior officers’ contracts, industrial entitlements and employment policies and procedures.
- Advising on the sufficiency of evidence to support disciplinary findings against an employee and preparation of show cause correspondence, including the imposition of the penalty of termination of employment.
- Drafting a comprehensive instrument of delegation of all powers and functions vested in a chief executive under an Act.
- Advising on the scope of potential future risk of successful statutory workers’ compensation claims, or prosecution under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, arising from employees’ past exposure to potentially hazardous materials at work.
- Preparing court documentation for filing in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission in a complex reinstatement matter, including negotiating and finalising a favourable settlement of the matter.
- Advising on the practical application of the adverse action provisions recently introduced in the Industrial Relations Act 2016.
- Presenting client training on a range of topics including sound decision making and managing difficult employees.