Wendy ThompsonAdmitted to the Bar in 2003

Areas of Practice

  • Work Health and Safety
  • Criminal
  • Inquests and Specialist Tribunals


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Wendy Thompson joined Denman Chambers in 2003. Wendy has specialised in occupational health and safety law since 1989. Wendy has a large practice in occupational health and safety prosecutions/ defence. She also does advice work on a broad range of issues relating to occupational health and safety law in Australia, both State and Federal.

After graduating in law in 1986 Wendy joined the Workers Compensation Board as a litigation solicitor. In 1989, Wendy became the manager of the Legal Branch of the WorkCover Authority of NSW. In that role she conducted workers compensation litigation, occupational health and safety prosecutions as well as administering a workers compensation legal aid scheme. In 1992 Wendy focused on solely managing and developing the OHS Prosecutions Section. In that position she maintained an active litigation role and was involved in most of the significant prosecutions undertaken by the WorkCover Authority between 1989-1999.

In that period Wendy was appointed in 1996 as a member of the Panel of Review into the operation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1983 and was the author of the legal text “Understanding New South Wales Occupational Health & Safety Legislation in New South Wales 2001”. Wendy is a founding contributor to the CCH ‘Work Health and Safety Law Reporter that provides commentary on the harmonised Occupational Health and Safety laws for all Australian jurisdictions. Wendy is also Contributing author to CCH Annotated Australian Work Health and Safety Legislation.

Wendy joined the NSW Bar in 2000 for a period of 18 months before leaving to work in the private sector as a Senior Associate at Freehills. On returning to the Bar she has since appeared regularly before the Industrial Court of NSW and the Chief Industrial Magistrate’s Court for both the defence and the prosecution. Since 2003 Ms. Thompson has appeared regularly in the Coroner’s Court.


Tel: 02 9264 6899 | Fax: 02 9264 5541 | E-mail: wthompson@denmanchambers.com.au


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