Eric Halden

Senior Associate

Eric joined Gilshenan and Luton in 2023 as a Senior Associate. Following his admission in 2011, he worked as a Judge's Associate, followed by several years in criminal defence.

Eric has extensive courtroom experience, having successfully represented clients across an array of matters in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts, in matters including:

  • murder;
  • sexual assault & rape;
  • assaults, grievous bodily harm & wounding;
  • supplying, producing & trafficking in dangerous drugs; and
  • fraud & white-collar crime.

In 2018, Eric gained Specialist Accreditation in Criminal Law through the Queensland Law Society.

Eric expanded his criminal defence practise to include work health and safety (WHS) law in roles at national and top-tier commercial firms. These roles involved both front-end advice and defending WHS prosecutions. Eric advised clients, including government departments and publicly listed companies, regarding exposure to WHS risks, compliance and officers' duties. 

Eric has significant experience defending clients charged with WHS offences in Queensland and New South Wales, ranging from workers through to ASX100-listed companies. 

Eric is married to Anna and they have two sons.  Eric's interests include gardening, rugby union, colonial history and ice hockey.

Recent articles by Eric

Proposed amendments to penalties under the Work Health Safety Act in Queensland

Proposed amendments to penalties under the Work Health Safety Act in Queensland

Under the Work Health and Safety Act in Queensland, penalties for offences relating to breaches of health and safety duties have not increased since the WHS regime was introduced in 2012. For several years there has been ongoing debate regarding two key considerations with respect to the sentencing process for breaches of duties owed under the WHS Act.
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