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Video: LIV CPD 2020 – OH&S Mock Trial – Navigating Safe Work through the Pandemic

Video: LIV CPD 2020 – OH&S Mock Trial – Navigating Safe Work through the Pandemic

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CPD Units 2
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
  • Substantive Law
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Recorded: 27 October 2020 | Run Time: 1:52:57

In this video, an employer stands trial before a County Court jury defending charges under Victoria’s new workplace manslaughter provisions recently enacted into the Occupational Health & Safety Act 2004 (Vic). Acknowledging the wide-reaching impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Australian businesses, employers and workers, the scenario for the mock trial considers some of the unique OH&S challenges brought about by the pandemic.

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  • Presenters

    Moderator: Rob Jackson, Partner, Rigby Cooke; Accredited Specialist, Workplace Relations

    Rob is an accredited workplace relations law and commercial litigation specialist and a Registered Migration Agent and has over 25 years of legal experience. He is a specialist in employment and industrial relations, occupational health & safety, workplace investigations and employment-related migration.

    Rob regularly presents on employment law themes and is the author of Post-Employment Restraint of Trade, published by Federation Press.

    Rob’s professional aim is to provide practical advice and representation covering all facets of the working relationship.

    Judge: Dr Ian Freckelton QC

    Ian Freckelton is an experienced Queen’s Counsel practising throughout Australia in administrative law, criminal law, personal injury law and commercial law. He was called to the Bar in 1988 and took silk in 2007. He has appeared in many occupational health and safety cases and is the editor of the six-volume looseleaf service, Victorian Criminal Law, Investigation and Procedure, and co-author of the 7th edition of Indictable Offences in Victoria. He is also the author of the 6th edition of Expert Evidence: Law, Practice, Procedure in Advocacy, which was published in 2019. Ian sits as a judge of the Supreme Court of Nauru on a fly-in, fly-out basis and is a member of the Mental Health Tribunal of Victoria, the Victorian Bar Council and the Coronial Council of Victoria.

    Counsel for the Prosecution: Robert O’Neill

    Robert practises in occupational health and safety and other regulatory prosecutions, employment and industrial law, criminal law, professional disciplinary proceedings and coronial inquests in all courts and tribunals. He has been recognised by the Doyle's Guide rankings in 2019 and 2020 as preeminent junior counsel in the field of workplace health and safety law. In recent years he has appeared in many of the most significant cases in the area at both trial and appellate level. He specialises in areas involving the intersection of the criminal law with business: occupational health and safety, competition law, corporations’ law and environmental regulation offences. He appears in both prosecutions and civil penalty proceedings at trial and appellate level, at inquests and disciplinary proceedings, at Fair Work Australia and other employment law tribunals.

    Counsel for the Defence: Anna Dixon

    Before coming to the bar, Anna was a solicitor advocate at the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia for two years and then performed the same role at Matthew White and Associates for 18 months. In her time at the Aboriginal Legal Service, Anna undertook many Magistrates Court contests, pleas, and bail applications, and appeared as sole counsel in two District Court trials. At Matthew White and Associates, Anna continued to appear regularly in the Magistrates’ Court, as well as acting as counsel in County Court pleas and Supreme Court bail applications. Anna holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne. Anna also studied at Georgetown University’s Center for Transnational Legal Studies and competed as a member of CTLS’s VIS moot team in Vienna on the topics of international contract and sales law and commercial arbitration. While studying her Juris Doctor, Anna worked as a legal research assistant for boutique employment law firm Justitia and tutored classes of undergraduate students in the University of Melbourne’s Arts faculty.

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