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Damian Hegarty

Principal Lawyer, Brisbane

Damian is a Principal Lawyer in DWF's Employment, Safety and Regulatory team, and is based in our Brisbane office.
Damien Hegarty | DWF Australia


Damian has a particular focus on the defence of actions brought against companies or individuals by various regulators, which is complemented by his experience in public liability and workers’ compensation litigation.  

He regularly provides advice to clients as to their rights and responsibilities during investigations undertaken by various regulators while forming a strategic position to defend or mitigate prosecutions, should they be brought as well as crisis management training for companies

Damian also provides advice and assistance to clients embarking on the Enforceable Undertaking process and is called upon to undertake independent accident investigations. With this, Damian understands the interaction of employers health and safety policies and their insurance risk exposure.  

This experience in regulatory investigations/actions has been gained across a number of sectors, including: Construction, Petroleum and Gas, Coal Mining, Manufacturing, Environmental, Retail, Transport and Electrical.

Outside of work Damian enjoys rugby union and golf, and spending time out on the water. 


  • Included in the Best Lawyers Australia list for Occupational Health & Safety Law, 2021
  • Finalist in the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards (Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety), 2018


DWF Quarterly Safety Bulletin. December 2020.

Significant increase in compliance activities by Queensland's building regulator, April 2019.

Review of the model WHS laws: report released. March 2019.

PCBU successfully challenges prohibition notice - Byrne Demolition Pty Ltd v SafeWork NSW [2019] NSWIRComm 1008. February 2019.

Major Development - 72 year old woman to serve 6 months imprisonment for health and safety breach. January 2019.

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