Bruce Hodgkinson SCAdmitted to the Bar in 1982 and Appointed Senior Counsel in 2001

Areas of Practice

  • Work Health and Safety
  • Industrial
  • Employment
  • Inquests/Specialist Tribunals
  • Appellate
  • Discrimination Law/Human Rights
  • Professional Negligence
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Administrative
  • Equity

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Bruce Hodgkinson SC is the head of Denman Chambers. Bruce was admitted to practice at the Bar of NSW in June 1982 and was appointed Senior Counsel in September 2001. Bruce specialises in work health and safety, industrial/employment, regulatory, contract and sports law.  Bruce appears regularly in the State and Federal Courts as well as the State and Federal Industrial Relations Commissions, before the Coroners Court, Administrative Tribunals and Royal Commissions.

Bruce has represented and advised Government (Federal, State and Local), corporations, employers, individuals and associations.

In January 2017 Bruce was appointed as an arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Bruce has also been recognised by Doyles Guide in their Leading Employment & WHS Senior Counsel Australia list for 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Recent Coronial Inquiries

Represented Cricket Australia at the Inquest into the death of Phillip Hughes

Represented SITA Australia Pty Ltd at the Inquest into the death of a worker at the Lucas Heights Centre

Represented the NSW Police Force at the Inquest into the death of William Crews

Represented the NSW Police Force at the Inquest into the death of Roberto Laudisio Curti

Represented Lend Lease at the Inquiry into the crane fire at UTS

Represented Opal Aged Care at the Inquest into the deaths and fire at Quakers Hill Nursing Home

Recent Cases

WorkCover Authority of NSW v Eastern Basin Pty Ltd [2015] NSWDC 92

Represented Eastern Basin Pty Ltd in successfully defending a prosecution brought by the WorkCover Authority in the District Court of NSW.

Perilya Limited v Nash [2015] NSWSC 706

Represented Perilya Limited in challenging the scope of the regulator’s powers under s155 of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011.

WorkCover (Inspector Battye) v Patrick Container Ports Pty Ltd [2014] NSWDC 171

Represented Patrick Container Ports Pty Ltd in successful defending a prosecution brought by the WorkCover Authority in the District Court of NSW.

Bimson, Roads & Maritime Services v Damorange Pty Ltd (No 2) [2014] NSWSC 827

Represented Damorange Pty Ltd in successfully having an appeal brought by RMS dismissed

Conferences and Publications

Bruce has presented papers to various conferences over the years on legal developments in the health and safety field including an analysis of the various systems operating in each State and Territory the inter-relationship between those systems, the different standards created by those systems and the developments within those systems.

Recently Bruce has:

Chaired the Legalwise Work Health and Safety Seminar March 2016;

Co-authored ‘Corporate manslaughter: an international perspective’ in Gerard Forlin QC and Louise Smail (eds), Corporate Liability: Work Related Deaths and Criminal Prosecutions (Bloomsbury Professional Ltd, 2014)

Current positions

The Chairman of the Rugby Union Players Association.

Previous Offices Held

The Chairman of the Cancer Council NSW (2007-2015);

A Director of Cancer Council Australia (2008 -2016).


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