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Samantha Betzien



Samantha advises on all aspects of employment, industrial relations and work health and safety laws. Her practice spans employment contracts and policies, workplace agreements (including bargaining processes), termination and discrimination matters, employment issues arising out of corporate transactions and strategic industrial relations issues including unfair dismissal, adverse action, discrimination and industrial disputes.

As a recognised expert in work health and safety, she also advises widely on compliance and risk management strategies and is skilled in the management of coronial inquests, investigations and prosecutions. She is frequently asked to respond following workplace incidents and attends on site, often within hours, to manage the investigation process for her clients. She has a proven track record gaining successful outcomes for her clients in safety investigations and prosecutions under safety legislation.

She has acted for Glencore, Village Roadshow, Lendlease, Queensland Rail, Multiplex, Acciona, Energy Queensland and Sunwater in a variety of employment and health and safety matters in recent times.

Samantha was awarded the Woman Lawyer of the Year Award in 2014 by the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland. She is a leading lawyer in work health and safety in Doyle's Guide and is listed in Employment and Health and Safety by Best Lawyers in Australia.

Samantha is also a non-executive director on the Board of Airservices Australia.

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Chris Harriss

Senior Associate

CDoyles Construction Lawyers

Chris Harriss is a practicing construction lawyer, with experience in the litigation, negotiation and adjudication of construction disputes. Chris has advised subcontractors, head contractors, and developers on contractual matters. He is also a registered adjudicator, deciding matters in Queensland and New South Wales under the relevant Security of Payment acts.

Chris holds degree qualifications in Construction Management/Quantity Surveying and Project Management, and is an experienced contract administrator and project manager on commercial, industrial and residential projects. He has over 20 years' experience in capital works procurement and delivery.

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Laura Hillman

Senior Associate

Clayton Utz

Laura has significant knowledge and experience in employment law, discrimination/equal opportunity law, human rights and privacy issues and workers' compensation law.

Laura brings experience in advising and assisting private and public sector clients, including state and local government, Government Owned Corporations, universities and statutory bodies regarding a range of employment matters including investigations, litigation, disciplinary and dismissal matters, right to information and regulatory compliance matters and occupational health and safety.

Through her work, including managing and having lead responsibility on complex litigious matters, Laura has an in-depth knowledge of employment law, regulatory compliance to find positive solutions for her clients.

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