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Paul Hardman

Fax +61.7.3233.0900

Mr. Hardman is a partner in the Labour Employment and Workplace Safety practice in the Brisbane office. He provides a wide range of advice and services to clients regarding employment, safety, investigations and disputes relevant to the workplace.

He is an experienced advocate and has appeared extensively in both State and Federal courts and tribunals in employment, safety and other contentious matters. He has experience across a broad range of industries including construction, water, manufacturing, agricultural, petroleum, gas and mining.

Mr. Hardman has significant experience in the conduct of the defence of regulatory investigations and prosecutions, under State and Federal Employment, Workplace, Safety, Corporation, and Environmental legislation.

Mr. Hardman is also a registered Migration Agent with the Australian Government Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates Mr. Hardman was a partner at a national law firm. He has also worked as a senior lawyer within Commonwealth Government agencies including the Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.


  • Mr. Hardman was named in Doyle's Leading Employment & Industrial Relations Lawyers – Brisbane, in 2016.
  • Mr. Hardman was named in Best Lawyers for the area of Occupational Health & Safety Law, in 2015 and 2016

Professional/Civic Activities

Mr. Hardman is the Chairman of the Professional Standards & Consumer Complaints Tribunal of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland.

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Hardman is an experienced trainer and regularly presents seminars and training on a broad range of employment related issues including workplace investigations and work health and safety obligations for company directors and executives.
  • Advising a global agricultural fund on its obligations under Australian Work Health & Safety legislation and risk mitigation strategies.
  • Acting for a global mining entity to conduct workplace investigations in respect of multiple allegations of discriminatory conduct.
  • Defence of unfair dismissal, general protections and bullying applications.
  • Acting for the Commonwealth Workplace Health & Safety Regulator in the prosecution of contraventions of Commonwealth Work Health & Safety legislation on a major Queensland infrastructure project.
  • Advising and acting for employers in respect of complaints of unlawful termination and unlawful discriminations, including in respect of issues concerning allegations of disability discrimination.
  • Acting for a major Queensland Government Owned Corporation in the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry.
  • Acting for a large national employer to enforce employee restraints.
  • Conduct of the defence of one of Queensland's largest workplace health and safety prosecutions on behalf of a major Queensland Government-Owned Corporation involving catastrophic failure of infrastructure.
  • Advising on transfer of business and business acquisition due diligence for international purchasers.
  • Advising on right of entry disputes under the Fair Work Act 2009.
  • Advising on employee performance management, terminations and workplace coaching and training.
  • Advising on modern award interpretation and application.