WSA - Dr Sam Bridgeford

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Dr. Sam Bridgeford

Clients of Workplace Safety Australia continue to enjoy the benefits of outstanding professional support and advice from Dr. Sam Bridgeford. Sam is an experienced employment law and occupational health and safety legal advisor and his qualifications and experience include:

16 years experience working in industrial relations and employment law, including OHS
Contributing author to Workplace Safety Australia's annual National Handbooks
Accredited by the Law Society of NSW as an Employment and Industrial Law Specialist
Bachelor degrees in economics and law (Monash University) and solicitor with current NSW practicing certificate
Doctor of Juridical Studies, University of Sydney Law School, with his doctoral dissertation including a focus on OHS, employment and discrimination law
Lecturer for a post graduate employment law subject, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney: 1999
Legal OHS advisor to a range of companies, including in the printing, electrical, leisure, retail, energy and architectural fields
Representing employers facing OHS prosecutions
Completion of the OHS Management Systems Auditing five-day course (Distinction grade) conducted by the School of Safety Science of the University of New South Wales
Experienced OHS and employment law workshop designer & presenter
Experience in writing OHS and employment law submissions on behalf of companies and industry to government

Key areas of work include:

OHS legal advice to companies
Drafting employment contracts for executive-level and award employees
Writing OHS reports for companies based on on-site audits
Drafting contracts for companies for the performance of work by independent contractors engaged by principal companies
Drafting contracts for the performance of work by sub-contractors
Antidiscrimination matters, occupational health and safety and employment law advice and representation
Advice and representation in unfair contract, OHS, and unfair dismissal claims.
University Record:
1981 - 1985 Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria.
1992 - 1996 Doctor of Juridical Studies (SJD), Faculty of Law, University of Sydney.
Coursework subjects included 2 High Distinctions, and 5 Distinctions from 9 subjects, with first place in 3 subjects.

Doctoral Dissertation: 'The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth): Interplay with Occupational Health and Safety and Industrial Law Practice.

  • 5 November, 1986; admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria.
  • 8 April, 1988; admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW - hold a current practising certificate.
  • 1999: Lecturer for the post-graduate subject, 'Workplace Bargaining', Faculty of Law, University of Sydney.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Auditor Training (Distinction), School of Safety Science, University of NSW, February 2001.

  • Current Work:

    Principal, Bridgeford & Associates - Lawyers ABN 80 480 988 590 and Consultant to Workplace Safety Austalia.
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