Laura Hillman

Clayton Utz
Special Counsel Brisbane

Laura is a highly knowledgeable professional with expertise spanning employment law, discrimination and equal opportunity law, human rights, privacy, and workers' compensation law. With a keen understanding of these intricate legal domains, Laura excels in managing complex litigation matters and providing clients with insightful advice that aligns with their business objectives, ensuring positive and effective solutions.

Her strategic counsel is sought after by numerous large corporations, where she offers invaluable guidance on various industrial and employment law facets, from interpreting awards and crafting redundancy policies to developing termination procedures and handling business transfers.

Notable Work
  • Australian Universities: a trusted advisor to educational institutions like James Cook University and the University of Southern Queensland, providing counsel on matters ranging from harassment complaints to contractual reviews.
  • Hospital: providing strategic advice and representation to have been instrumental in guiding a confidential hospital service through complex challenges, including regulatory compliance, disciplinary issues, and media responses.
  • Hospital: advised and representation a confidential hospital service following complaints referred to the Crime and Corruption Commission regarding potential false claims for Federal Government funding.
  • Employee relations: helped companies like Sun Metals Corporation and Mackay Sugar Limited manage employee matters, including workers' compensation claims and safety issues.
  • Employment counsel: advising organisations like Port of Townsville Limited on employment matters, including enterprise agreement interpretations and contractor advice.
  • Workers' compensation litigation: Specialises in workers' compensation litigation and injury management, offering proactive solutions for employers facing challenges related to ill or injured employees.
  • Discrimination expertise: provides counsel on discrimination complaints, including disability discrimination, helping employers navigate the complexities of issues brought to statutory organisations like the Australian Human Rights Commission.
  • Local governments: advisor to the City of Gold Coast, Ipswich City Council, and Sunshine Coast Council, offering guidance on various employment issues and litigation.
  • Employment and regulatory compliance: advised organisations like Seqwater and UU on employment and regulatory compliance, ensuring policy reviews and sensitive employment matters are handled effectively.
  • Mackay Sugar Limited: advised on a range of employment matters including in relation to managing ill and injured employees, safety matters, disciplinary matters and workers' compensation matters.
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