Bruce Hodgkinson AM SC

Call 1983 / Silk 2001


Bruce is widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading barristers specialising in work health and safety, industrial and employment law, regulatory law and sports law. He maintains a large nationwide practice and has been consistently ranked in the Doyle’s Guide as a ‘Market Leader’ and ‘Pre-eminent’ in the fields of health and safety and employment law.

Bruce works across a vast array of industry sectors. He is sought after in health and safety-related matters to advise and represent some of Australia’s largest companies and organisations. His clients include Qantas, Motor Sport Australia, BHP, Westfield, Multiplex, SUEZ Group, Cricket Australia, BOC, Dreamworld, NSW Police Force, NSW Health, NSW Trains, Lendlease, Toll Group, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Sandvik Group, St Hilliers, Baulderstone, Sydney Markets, Essential Energy, Ausgrid and Equestrian Australia. Bruce’s client base also extends to representing all arms of government, directors, individuals and associations.

A highly accomplished advocate, Bruce is often briefed to appear in complex, high value matters, some of which are a first of their kind in Australia. He regularly appears at trial and appellate level in a wide range of State and Federal Courts and Tribunals. He maintains a large coronial inquiries practice, and regularly appears in the Coroner’s Court in all States, administrative tribunals and before Royal Commissions.

Bruce is the current Chair of the New South Wales Bar Association’s Industrial, Employment, Health and Safety Committee. He is also a past Chair of the Cancer Council of NSW (one of Australia’s largest charities) and a past Director of Cancer Council Australia. Bruce has acquired considerable experience in corporate governance as a barrister, a director and in the not-for-profit sector, and has widespread experience managing and leading various collaborators and stakeholders. During his chairmanship of the Cancer Council of NSW, Bruce was instrumental in it transitioning from a government-based organisation, to a commercially based not-for-profit organisation.

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. In 2016, Bruce was appointed an Arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Select Matters

  • Series of three SafeWork NSW prosecutions involving the NSW Ministry of Health (SafeWork NSW v Western Sydney Local Health District
    Two matters; SafeWork NSW v Western District Area Health Service)
  • Inquest into the death of Shane Navin, Leigh Rex John Mundy, Dennis John Neagle and Anthony Graeme Seymour
  • Russell Morgan (Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator) v NSW Trains (N10483356)
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