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Miriam Power

Special Counsel
Fax +61.8.9216.0901

Ms. Power has broad experience representing and advising organisations in general commercial litigation, employment, industrial relations and safety for more than 15 years. This has included delivery of tailored workplace training; conducting workplace enquiries and assisting clients to manage performance and conduct; dealing with fitness for work issues; managing organisational change including coordinating effective communication strategies for redundancies; and helping employers to implement fair and compliant termination of employment processes. She also assists organisations involved in the purchase or sale of business to conduct comprehensive due diligence on employment and industrial matters.

Ms. Power prepares employment documentation such as contracts, enterprise agreements and workplace policies. She also assists employers with employment related disputes such as discrimination, harassment and bullying claims, contractual claims, disputes in respect of the terms of enterprise agreements or awards, unfair dismissal and adverse action claims.

Another focus of Ms. Power's practice has been industrial relations, including enterprise bargaining, management of lawful site entry by industrial representatives, industrial strategy planning and managing and responding to industrial action. She has also assisted organisations or their employees and contractors, involved in safety investigations following serious workplace incidents.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Power worked with a number of leading Australian national law firms. Ms. Power also operated her own legal consultancy firm and undertook a secondment role as the Employee Relations Manager for BHP Billiton Iron Ore.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Law Society of Western Australia, Member
  • Industrial Relations Society of Western Australia, Member
  • Australian Human Resources Institute, Member

Speaking Engagements

Ms. Power has been a regular presenter of professional learning seminars in the areas of employment legislation updates, equal opportunity compliance, conducting effective workplace investigations, managing ill and injured workers, managing lawful right of entry, and maintaining legal professional privilege over documentation.
  • Conducting complex workplace investigations across a variety of industry sectors including local and state government, Indigenous corporations, public utilities, mining, tertiary education, medical and emergency response.
  • Advising and representing an oil and gas company regarding a right of entry dispute.
  • Representing federal construction and workplace regulators in statutory prosecution proceedings.
  • Representing and advising a coal mining company during enterprise bargaining, including a successful application to terminate an enterprise agreement.
  • Delivering tailored workplace training to employee relations and human resources personnel of one of the world's largest mining companies.
  • Delivering tailored workplace investigation training to supervisors and managers of an iron ore mining company in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
  • Advising on a dispute regarding project management of a port expansion project in Qatar.
  • Providing separate representation to employees involved in regulator investigations following serious safety incidents at brick making and cement works.
  • Advising and representing and Indigenous corporation in an oppression claim in the Supreme Court of Western Australia.