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Harold Downes

Herbert Smith Freehills

Harold Downes is a Partner in the Employment, Pensions & Incentives team and leads the Herbert Smith Freehills Asia Pacific Health and Safety Team in Brisbane. Harold is listed in Best Lawyers International for the area of Occupational Health and Safety Law and for Employment Law. He was selected among the Australian Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” for OHS in 2015.

In 2014 Harold was appointed as the sole WHS legal service provider to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Organising Committee. Harold provides WHS compliance, incident response advice, training and governance advice to a number of listed and private corporations on their and their directors’ WHS duties. Harold advises across many industries including mining, energy and resources, manufacturing, construction, tertiary education, transport and professional services.  He has particular expertise in crisis management and incident response.

A niche area of expertise is his work in relation to strategies to mitigate statutory, contractual and the common law exposure arising out of complex contractual arrangements.

Finally, Harold lectures on WHS at both the University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology. He has also chaired the judging panel for the Queensland Major Contractors Annual Safety Excellence Award since 2005.