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Paul Hardman

Paul Hardman is a partner in the firm's Labour, Employment, and Workplace Safety practice. He provides a wide range of advice and services to clients regarding employment, safety, investigations and disputes relevant to the workplace.

He is an experienced advocate and has appeared extensively in both State and Federal courts and tribunals in employment, safety and other contentious matters. He has experience across a broad range of industries including construction, water, manufacturing, agricultural, petroleum, gas and mining.

Paul has significant experience in the conduct of the defence of regulatory investigations and prosecutions, under State and Federal Employment, Workplace, Safety, Corporation, and Environmental legislation.

Prior to joining the firm, Paul was a partner at a national law firm. He has also worked as a senior lawyer within Commonwealth Government agencies including the Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

  • Recognised by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific as a Recommended Lawyer in Australia
    • Labour and employment, 2024
    • Labour and employment: workplace health and safety (WHS), 2024
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in Australia™
    • Employee Benefits Law, 2025
    • Labour and Employment Law, 2016-2025
    • Occupational Health and Safety, 2016-2025
  • Listed by Doyle's Guide as a recommended
    • Leading Employer Lawyer (Employer Representation) in Queensland, 2023
    • Leading Workplace Health & Safety Lawyer in Queensland, 2023
    • Leading Workplace Health & Safety Lawyer in Queensland, 2019-2024
    • Leading Employment Lawyer (Employer Representation) in Queensland, 2017, 2021
    • Leading Employment & Industrial Relations Lawyer (Employer Representation) in Brisbane, 2016
  • Paul was the chairman of the Professional Standards & Consumer Complaints Tribunal of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (2009-2019)
  • Industrial Relations Society of Queensland member
  • Australian Human Resources Institute member
  • Australian Institute of Health & Safety member

Paul is an experienced trainer and regularly presents seminars and training on a broad range of employment related issues including workplace investigations and work health and safety obligations for company directors and executives.

  • Speaker, “Managing Psychosocial Hazards in the Workplace: From Concept Confusion to Clarity & Impact,” Australia CHRO (Chief Human Resources Officer) Executive Summit, Sydney, 8 June 2023
  • Speaker, “When work is the hazard - implementing a robust, integrated system to manage psychosocial risk,” Australian Institute of Health and Safety National Conference, Brisbane, 31 May 2023
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  • Mentioned, K&L Gates: Serving Humanity through legal practice, Australian Pro Bono Centre, June 2024
  • What are the most challenging psychosocial hazards for OHS?, Australian Institute of Health & Safety, 22 March 2023
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