Bruce Butler

Partner LLB, BA

office Melbourne
phone +61 3 8687 7363

Bruce provides expert legal and commercial advice regarding the matrix of issues confronting self-insurers and employers, acting across a diverse range of industries. He also acts for insurers who provide employment practices liability cover and is experienced in advising Victorian and Federal bodies in such matters.

Bruce has extensive practical experience having acted in-house for a large national self-insurer in respect to a broad range of insurance law claims as well as employment and work health and safety matters.

His understanding of the interaction between the various obligations placed on employers enables him to advise all levels of management within a company in order that the corporate goals are achieved.

Bruce’s experience extends to advising on equal opportunity and discrimination where he advises employers, employees and independent contractors on their statutory rights and obligations. Bruce also advises on matters involving occupier’s liability and product liability.

Bruce has run a number of significant cases including Giuseppe Villani v Holcim (Australia) Pty Ltd [2011] FCA FC 155 where he successfully defended a Full Court Appeal by an employee arguing jurisdictional error by Fair Work Australia with costs awarded against the employee.

Published Articles

The workplace as a crime scene – the relationship between criminal law and OHS regulation in Victoria

Workplace Directions

In 2009 Brodie Panlock, a 19 year old waitress, committed suicide after extreme bullying by her work colleagues. The three perpetrators…

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Trust and conduct issues at centre of unfair dismissal case

Workplace Directions

Background Mr Khoder Abdulrahim (‘the applicant’) lodged an application under s.394 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (‘the Act’) alleging…

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Workplace Directions

Fair Work Ombudsman v Blue Impression Pty Ltd & Ors [2017] FCCA 810 (28 April 2017) Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable…

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Professional Membership

  • Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Law Council of Australia
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Risk Management Institution of Australasia