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Bradbrook Lawyers for smarter business strategies

We’re a boutique, highly specialised Adelaide-based law firm. And that’s just the way we like it.
We represent local and national clients in all aspects of workplace law, including:

  • Workplace relations
  • Employment
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Workers compensation
  • Equal opportunity and discrimination
  • Dispute resolution
  • Risk management
  • Insurance and indemnity disputes
  • Town agent for interstate firms

Led by Jodie Bradbrook, we’ve worked with some of the most recognisable names across a vast range of industries.
Our experience is extensive. We’re proud of how well we know our clients’ businesses, and we’ll take the time to understand yours.

Our Vision

Bradbrook Lawyers’ vision is to ensure the way we interact with our clients is second to none. We partner with our clients and get to know their business so that we can ensure they receive value for the services we provide. Our goal is to be recognised by our clients as lawyers who provide excellent legal advice and value for money.

We are committed to achieving our vision and recognise we need to work hard to meet our clients’ expectations. We value your feedback. We know that the key to success is the ability to grow and always be open to change. We promise to deliver exceptional legal services tailored to the needs of our clients.

Here’s what you can expect from us:

Exceptional communication

We’ll keep you in the loop at every stage of your legal issue.

Understanding your business

Because if it’s important to you, it’s important to us.

Working in partnership with you

So that you receive the service that’s right for your business.

Setting the bar high

Meeting your expectations is good, but exceeding them is even better. That’s where we’re aiming.

Change and growth

Change is an excellent strategy for growth, and it helps us focus on your goals.

The bottom line?

Brilliant legal services tailored for you. No legal jargon. Just great advice, when you need it.

About Jodie Bradbrook

If we were into clichés, we’d say that firm principal Jodie Bradbrook is a plain-talking, sharp-shooting, pull-no-punches kind of lawyer. But instead, we’ll just say that she’ll tell you how it iswhether you like it or not.

She’s frank and fearless. That’s what her clients are paying for and that’s exactly why they’re her biggest fans. With years of specialised experience in workplace law and a clientele spanning most industries, Jodie has cemented her reputation as one of South Australia’s finest workplace lawyers.

Latest News from Bradbrook Lawyers

The Fair Work Commission Wage Decision

The FWC has today (15/6/22) handed down its Wage Decision thereby increasing the minimum wage by 5.2% to $812.60 gross per week or $21.38 per hour. This change will come into effect from 1 July 2022. Some at risk industries have been held back for the increase until after 1 October 2022.

You should check the relevant publications for the list of Awards which have been held back. If you have employees covered by Awards you will need to ensure you pass on the increase unless they are paid higher than the Award in which case the absorption principle will apply which means you only have to make sure the employee gets at least the new minimum.

If you require further information please contact us.

Let’s Celebrate

It’s that time of year again! I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been ranked as a recommended lawyer in Doyle’s Guide.

It’s a significant accomplishment because the rankings are established independently, using peer reviews and feedback from clients and industry bodies. Even better, this is the fifth year in a row that I’ve achieved a Doyle’s ranking, which goes to show how important it is to aim for consistency and excellence when representing legal clients. It’s also the first time that I’ve been recognised for my work with employees.

I’m ranked in the following South Australian categories:

  • Leading Employment Lawyers (Employer Representation)
  • Leading Employment Lawyers (Employee and Union Representation)
  • Leading Employment Law Firms (Employer Representation)
  • Employment Law Firms (Employee and Union Representation)

Now it’s time for a low-key celebration. Baked marble cheesecake and a cuppa. Perfect.

Employee verbal resignations: what are the risks?

Employment law is a minefield for employers. While there’s plenty of material available about complex situations and law cases, sometimes employers just want to know the basics.

A classic example is the need to understand the issues when an employee resigns verbally. Most employers mistakenly believe that a resignation needs to be accepted, and they enter into discussions about it. Others may not understand the law in this area.

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High Court’s decision clarifies casual employment entitlements

On 4 August 2021, the High Court handed down its Judgment in the case of Workpac v Rossato. The decision provides major clarification about casual employee entitlements and is considered a significant victory for employers. In short, the High Court has decided that casual employees can’t claim paid leave entitlements without a firm advance commitment from the employer as to the duration and timing of future engagements.

The decision overturned the Full Federal Court’s Judgments in Skene and Rossato and has put to bed employer’s concerns about double dipping.

Importantly, the Court said that it’s not enough that a casual employee reasonably expects future work. This alone doesn’t make them a permanent employee.

An employee won’t be a permanent employee (and therefore entitled to paid leave) unless the contract of employment is clear that:

The employee is engaged according to the employer’s requirements; and
The employee has the choice to accept or reject each engagement.
Employers should review how their casual workforces are engaged. If unsure, seek legal advice about the wording of the engagements.

It’s critical that casuals are engaged by a written contract. It helps clarify the employer’s intentions regarding the arrangement from the start of the employment relationship.

For more information, contact me on 08 8227 2829 or access a copy of the decision here.

practice areas

Workplace relations

Employment

Workplace health and safety

Workers compensation

Equal opportunity & discrimination

Dispute resolution

Risk management

Insurance and indemnity disputes

Town agent for interstate firms

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