We have significant experience in conducting workplace investigations, often of a highly sensitive nature, in both the private and the public sector.
We have a detailed understanding of the typical claims arising in workplaces, across all areas of employee misconduct, discrimination and employee grievances. We take care to ensure that the investigation process is fair and transparent, and that any findings are supported by evidence.
We also act for companies which are being investigated by statutory authorities, such as WorkSafe, the EPA, the ACCC, ASIC and/or police investigations into white collar crime.
We act for companies being investigated by various statutory authorities, including ASIC, ACCC, the Victorian Ombudsman and the Federal Ombudsman.
We have a thorough understanding of these authorities and their investigative powers, and we can advise you about their ability to seize documents and their use of Enforceable Undertakings to resolve litigation.
We provide advice and representation to companies in connection with ASIC investigations concerning insider trading, breaches of directors' duties, as well as police investigations of matters such as:
- obtaining financial advantage by deception
- secret commissions
When conducting workplace investigations, we work closely with our clients to ensure outcomes are achieved quickly and discreetly.
We have a detailed understanding of the typical claims arising in workplaces, across all areas of employee misconduct, discrimination and employee grievances, including:
- workplace bullying and harassment
- occupational assault
- employee fraud and other corrupt conduct
- sexual harassment
- inappropriate internet and email use
- policy breaches
In addition, we are the only law firm appointed to the Victorian State Services Authority's Workplace Investigations Panel. The panel deals with investigations and grievances across the entire Victorian public sector.
Poor handling of investigations, mediations and other internal reviews can have serious implications in disputes and legal proceedings. Our team has the experience to ensure that any internal review process is undertaken efficiently, fairly and to the highest standard possible.
Client success story
We recently conducted a major fraud investigation for a national petroleum retailer/distributer. Our investigation uncovered a multi-million dollar scheme involving numerous employees who had exploited weaknesses in our client's policies and controls.
We are continuing to take recovery action against the employees involved, following their immediate termination from employment. More