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Ronald C McCallum AO

On 25 November 2010, Professor McCallum was awarded the honour of being declared NSW Senior Australian of the Year for 2011.

Professor McCallum has written extensively on labour law matters. On 1 July 2002, Professor McCallum commenced his five year term as Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Sydney. His term as Dean of Law concluded on 30 September 2007. Ron is the first totally blind person to be appointed to the Deanship of a Law School in Australia or New Zealand. Ron was also the inaugural president of the Australian Labour Law Association, and he served in that role from February 2001 to November 2009. As President, in September 2009 in Sydney, he hosted the XIX World Congress of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law. From September 2006 to September 2009, Professor McCallum served as the Asian regional Vice-President of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law.

In the 2006 Queen’s Birthday honours list (12 June 2006), Professor McCallum received the designation of Officer in the Order of Australia for his services to tertiary education, for industrial relations advice to governments, for assistance to visually impaired persons and for social justice. On 11 October2007, Professor McCallum received the 2007 Alumni Achievement Award of Queen's University Canada where he had undertaken postgraduate studies in law from 1972 to 1974.

On 7 December 2010, Professor McCallum commenced his consultancy at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers.

Some more Information about Ronald C McCallum

CCH Products include:
McCallums Top Workplace Relations Cases: labour law and the employment relationship as defined by case law


Professor Andrew Hopkins

Professor Andrew Hopkins is an internationally-renowned presenter, author and consultant in the field of industrial safety and accident analysis. Professor Hopkins has been awarded a prize by the European Process Safety Centre for “extraordinary contribution to process safety”, the first time this has been awarded outside of Europe. Professor Hopkins has been involved in various government occupational health and safety (OHS) reviews and completed consultancy work for major companies in the resources sector, as well as speaking regularly to audiences around the world about the causes of major accidents. He delivers presentations to organizations both within and outside Australia, and the topics include the BP Texas City Refinery Disaster, Mindful Leadership, Lessons from Longford (on the Esso Gas Plant Explosion) and Safe Behaviour Programs. He is a recipient of the 2008 EPSC Process Safety award. Professor Hopkins was an expert witness at the Royal Commission into the causes of the Esso’s gas plant at Longford in Victoria in 1998.  More recently he was a consultant to the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) during its investigation into the 2005 explosion at BP’s Texas City Refinery and was an expert commentator in the CSB film about the disaster.



CCH Products include:
Failure to Learn The BP Texas City refinery disaster
Learning from High Reliability Organisations
Understanding Independent Contractors
Lessons from Gretley: Mindful leadership and the law
Lessons from Longford Pack
Lessons From Longford: The Esso Gas Plant Explosion
Lessons from Longford: The Trial
Safety Culture and Risk
Disastrous Decisions: The Human and Organisational Causes of the Gulf of Mexico Blowout  

Mr. Barry Sherriff

Barry provides integrated advice and proactive strategies for compliance and risk management in OHS and associated areas of WorkCover issues, employment and discrimination. He has represented clients across industries including government, finance, transport, manufacturing, mining and construction. Barry was a member of a three-person panel that made recommendations through the Australian Deputy Prime Minister to federal, state and territory governments on the structure and content of a model OHS Act to be adopted in all jurisdictions. The model Work Health and Safety Act, approved by the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Council in December 2009, closely follows the recommendations of the panel.

CCH Products include:
Understanding the Model Work Health and Safety Act 



Michael Tooma

Michael Tooma is one of Australia’s pre-eminent occupational health and safety lawyers. He leads the Australian health, safety and security practice.
Michael is an adjunct Professor of Law at Edith Cowan University and a Senior Visiting Fellow of the University of New South Wales School of Safety Science. He is also a member of the Department of Defence Occupational Health Steering Committee. He is also actively involved in law reform in occupational health and safety. He is currently assisting in the drafting of National Model Mine Safety legislation in Australia and an active commentator on developments in the law and practice in the area.
Michael has reviewed or written the safety management systems of companies across industries, including companies in the transport, energy and resources, infrastructure, technology and financial institutions industries. He prides himself on developing succinct, well structured and accessible documents which are written in plain English, making use of diagrams, checklists and flow charts to relay complex concepts in simpler format.



CCH Products include:
Due Diligence: Duty of Officers
Managing Occupational Health & Safety
Understanding the Model Work Health and Safety Act 


Joydeep Hor

While an expert in all areas of workplace relations Joydeep is one of Australia’s “go to” lawyers for complex and sensitive terminations of employment. He also conducts numerous training programs for clients and has a proven track record of attracting the attention and respect of Boards, leadership groups and management team of organisations.Joydeep’s professional qualifications include him being a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute, holding a Master of Laws from University of Sydney (where he previously completed a Bachelor of Laws with Honours degree and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English literature).Joydeep appears on Sky Business Channel every week, conducts a monthly education program for lawyers on the internet ( and is a regular presenter at HR and industry briefings. Additionally, Joydeep is on the Advisory Council of Executive Women’s Business, the Editorial Board of HR Leader magazine and the CCH HR/IR Editorial Board.

CCH Products include:
Australian Master Fair Work Guide
Managing Termination of Employment A Fair Work Act Guide -2nd Edition
Finders Keepers: How to attract and retain great employees



Professor Bob Baxt

Professor Bob Baxt is Chairman of the Law Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of The Executive of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. He was the founder of the Banking Law Association and is the General Editor of both the Company and Securities Law Journal and the Australian Business Law Review. 
He was honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours Awards in 2003 by being awarded an Order of Australia for services to the law and has been awarded the Centenary Medal. He is also a Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne.

Professor Baxt has been an adviser to governments and clients on the impact not only of the Competition Policy Reform Act, the Trade Practices Act and related legislation, but also on the Corporations Act and most recently on initiatives being taken by the Federal Government with respect to the vesting of additional powers on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission in the form of infringement notices.

CCH Products include:
Directors' Manual
Australian Competition and Consumer Law Reporter

Louise Keats

Louise graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours), majoring in Government and International Relations. In 2006, she was awarded with the Advanced Employment Law Prize as part of her Master of Laws studies at the University of Sydney.
Louise is a member of the Editorial Committee of the Australian Journal of Labour Law and she has co-authored three books - Managing Termination of Employment (CCH, 2007), Work Choices Q&A: The Top 50 (CCH, 2007) and
Finders Keepers: How to Attract and Retain Great Employees (CCH, 2008).
Louise joined Harmers in October 2005 and is involved in all areas of the firm’s practice.


CCH products include: (Joydeep Hor & Louise Keats)
Managing Termination of Employment: a Fair Work Act Guide – 2nd Edition
Finders Keepers: how to attract and retain great employees

Leonard Yong

Leonard Yong is a specialist in banking and pension funds governance and risk management systems / processes, having carried out numerous reviews and audits of banking and funds management systems in both London and New York. He holds a Master of Studies Degree in Accounting Studies from the University of Wollongong. He is a Chartered Accountant, Fellow member of the CPA Australia, member of the Australian Computer Society and a former Councillor of the Institute of Internal Auditors (NSW). He is also the author of the books “Derivatives Management” and “Foreign Exchange: Systems & Audit Controls” published by CCH Australia. He has conducted several seminars and workshops on risk management issues for various professional bodies.

CCH products include:
Lessons in Corporate Governance from the Global Financial Crisis

Donald Charrett

Dr Charrett practises as a barrister in building and engineering disputes, and is accredited as an Arbitrator and Mediator by the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia. His career in construction law has included litigation, mediation, expert determination, facilitation of an experts’ conference and arbitration of construction disputes. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Dr Charrett worked as an engineer for over 30 years, including 12 years as a director of a multidisciplinary consulting engineer. In 2010 he was appointed a Non Executive Director of AMOG Consulting, a consulting engineering company which provides high technology specialist services to a range of resource and defence clients around the world. Dr Charrett is a Founding Member and on the Executive Committee of the Society of Construction Law Australia, and the Chairman of the Conferences Subcommittee. He is the Victorian representative on the Dispute Resolution Board of Australasia Inc committee.

CCH products include: (Donald Charret & Philip C Loots)
Practical Guide to Engineering and Construction Contracts

Philip C Loots

Qualifications and Experience
B Comm, LLB.
PMD Harvard Business School
Executive Negotiation Programme Harvard Business School.
Philip Loots is a construction lawyer.  He has worked internationally for the past thirty years in all facets of construction including infrastructure, mining and oil and gas.  He was Chairman of the International Bar Association Sub-Committee T5 Project Management and served on the Contract Review Panel for the 1999 FIDIC (International Federation of Consulting Engineers) suite of Standard Contract documents.  He is chair of the WA Committee of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation Australia Charter, an IAMA Mediator, a FIDIC Mediator and Arbitrator and a Registered Adjudicator under the Construction Contracts Act 2004 (WA).

CCH products include: (Donald Charret & Philip C Loots)
Practical Guide to Engineering and Construction Contracts


Michael Murray

Mr Michael Murray is the Legal Director of ARITA, the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association, based in Sydney, a position he has held since 2007. In that role he is responsible for providing legal input into the submissions and thinking of ARITA, monitoring legal and practice developments in insolvency, advising the ARITA board, and ARITA members on current insolvency issues.  These have included insolvent trading, directors obligations, shareholder claims, tax and bankruptcy.  He has played an important role in current law reforms in the Insolvency Law Reform Bill 2013.

He was previously a lawyer with the Australian Government Solicitor working in insolvency and regulatory law and was a solicitor assisting on the HIH Royal Commission. 

Michael is a member of the Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee (CAMAC), of the Insolvency Academics Network (IAN), of the INSOL Academics Group and of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law Scholarship unit (BILS) of the University of Adelaide.  He is a visiting fellow at the QUT Faculty of Law. 

Apart from writing CCH’s Australian Insolvency Management Practice for Ferrier Hodgson, he is the co-author of Keay’s Insolvency (8th Ed, with Jason Harris), is on the editorial board of the Insolvency Law Journal and he writes for the Insolvency Law Bulletin, which he founded in 2000.

Michael has a Bachelor of Laws and a Diploma in Criminology (McClemens Prize) from the University of Sydney.  In 2013, Michael was awarded honorary membership of ARITA.

CCH Products include:
Australian Insolvency Management Practice    
Australian Insolvency Management Practice Online

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