Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
8.00am - 5.30pm
+61 2 92231522
+61 2 92237646
52 Marin Place,
Sydney NSW 200
Bruce Hodgkinson AM SC specialises in work health and safety, industrial/employment, contract, regulatory and sports law. In particular, he has been involved in work health and safety matters since the early 1990s. Bruce appears regularly in the State and Federal Courts as well as the State and Federal Industrial Tribunals, before the Coroners Court, Administrative Tribunals and Royal Commissions. Bruce has represented and advised Government (Federal, State and Local), corporations, Directors, individuals, and associations.
Bruce has advised and acted on behalf of many companies and organisations in health and safety related matters, including: SUEZ Group, Cricket Australia, BOC, Ardent Leisure Group Limited (Dreamworld), McConnell Dowell, Equestrian Australia, NSW Police Force, Qantas, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Boral Group, Westfield, Perilya Ltd, BHP Olympic Dam, Rio Tinto, Sandvik Group, Multiplex, Lendlease, Toll Group, Schwing Australia Limited, St Hilliers, Baulderstone, Patrick Terminals, Transfield Holdings, WesTrac, Sydney Markets, Essential Energy, Ausgrid, Sydney Trains, Qantas Ground Services, Motorsport Australia and Local Area Health Services.
Bruce has been recognised by Doyle’s Guide in the Leading Employment & WHS Barristers and Senior Counsel lists since 2012. Bruce was listed as ‘Preeminent’ in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and was named ‘Market Leader’ of the Leading Employment & WHS Senior Counsel (NSW) list in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.
In his role as Chair of the Cancer Council of NSW (one of Australia’s largest charities) and Director of Cancer Council Australia, Bruce dealt with a wide range of collaborators and stakeholders including governments, institutions, corporations, individuals and volunteers. Bruce has experience in Corporate Governance both as an advisor (in his role as a Barrister) and as a director in the not-for-profit (‘NFP’) sector. Bruce chaired the Governance Committee for the Cancer Council of NSW and Cancer Council Australia. During his chairmanship of Cancer Council of NSW, Bruce led a board that transitioned it from a government-based organisation to a commercially based NFP.
In 2001, Bruce was appointed Senior Counsel.
In 2016, Bruce was appointed as an Arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).In 2018, Bruce became a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his service to community health through cancer support and awareness programs, and to rugby union, particularly to player welfare.
Bruce is the current chair of the NSW Bar Association’s Industrial, Employment, Health and Safety Committee.