Professional Misconduct

Professional misconduct law concerns allegations of wrongdoing in the workplace, such as breaches of professional rules and protocols, misuse of an employer’s resources, inappropriate behaviour in the workplace (such as sexual harassment), and allegations of fraud or other misbehaviour.

Gilshenan & Luton has recognised expertise in acting for people involved in workplace investigations including: 

We also conduct workplace investigations on behalf of government entities as well as private enterprise.

Allegations in this area often cross over into allegations of criminal conduct, and our expertise in criminal law assists our clients in obtaining comprehensive legal advice and protection.

Our clients span a wide range of professions including:

  • police and other emergency services;
  • politicians, public servants and senior bureaucrats;
  • legal practitioners;
  • health professionals – doctors, nurses, pharmacists etc;
  • teachers;
  • corrective services personnel;
  • accountants;
  • engineers, and other professionals.

We regularly appear before bodies such as the Crime and Corruption Commission and the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) to represent those facing professional misconduct allegations.

Seeking legal advice is critical to protect your rights

While your liberty isn’t usually in jeopardy in a professional misconduct investigation, your livelihood and reputation certainly are.

Where professional misconduct is alleged, it is critical to seek legal advice from a lawyer highly experienced in misconduct law.  There are specific laws and procedures that apply in this area that must be understood and used to protect the rights and employment of those under investigation.

Articles - Professional Misconduct

Rights of employees under workplace investigation

The rights of employees under workplace investigation

If you are being investigated for alleged misconduct in the workplace, you have various rights that have to be met by your employer, and any investigator retained by your employer.
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Tips for employers conducting workplace investigations

6 tips for employers conducting workplace investigations

Allegations of workplace misconduct may involve suggestions of professional rule violations, workplace misbehaviour such as sexual harassment or misuse of resources, or even criminal conduct such as fraud or stealing.
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