Erin McCarthy



Erin has over fifteen years’ experience in providing advice to employers and employer associations on all aspects of occupational health and safety, employment and industrial relations law as well as delivering essential information seminars and training workshops on key employment issues.

Erin has extensive experience providing advice in relation to performance management, misconduct investigations and unfair dismissal claims, bullying, discrimination and harassment matters and occupational health and safety issues including risk management and policy development.

In particular, Erin has been involved in numerous enterprise bargaining processes for large organisations across industry sectors, supporting clients in the planning, negotiation and implementation stages of the process.

Erin is a co-author with Professor Andrew Stewart and Elise Jenkin of Parental Leave: A User-Friendly Guide, published by Thomson Reuters in December 2011.

As a part of our national team, Erin advises clients in all states and territories in Australia.



‘Erin McCarthy – very easy to work with, pragmatic and patient.’
The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific: Labour and employment, 2024 edition – Testimonials

‘Erin McCarthy, in particular, is amazing. She can converse with our managers, board, HR team and executive and convey information in real terms that people understand. She is down to earth, has a sense of humour, and gets our business because has taken time to learn about our operations and risk appetite etc…’
The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific: Labour and employment, 2021 edition – Testimonials

‘Erin McCarthy is straightforward, practical, and to the point. Understands the commerciality of decisions.’
The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific: Labour and employment, 2023 edition – Testimonials


  • Best Lawyers in Australia – Occupational Health & Safety Law “Lawyer of the Year” (Adelaide, AU) – 2017 & 2022
  • Best Lawyers in Australia – Recognised for Education Law (Adelaide, AU) – Since 2022 edition
  • Best Lawyers in Australia – Recognised for Labour & Employment Law (Adelaide, AU) – Since 2014 edition
  • Best Lawyers in Australia – Recognised for Occupational Health & Safety Law (Adelaide, AU) – Since 2016 edition
  • Best Lawyers in Australia – Recognised for Human Rights Law (Adelaide, AU) – Since 2020 edition
  • Doyle’s Guide – Leading Employment Lawyers (Employer Representation)- South Australia, since 2013
  • Doyle’s Guide – Leading Employment Lawyers (Employer Representation) – Australia, 2023
  • Doyle’s Guide – Leading Workplace Health & Safety Lawyers – South Australia, Since 2016
  • Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards – Finalist for Workplace Relations and Employment Team of the Year – 2016, 2017 & 2018
  • The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific – Recommended for Labour and employment– since 2017 edition


  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Industrial Relations Society of South Australia
  • Australian Labour Law Association
  • Board Member, Bedford Phoenix Inc
  • Board Member, Bedford Group Limited
  • Board Member, Rural Doctors Workforce Agency

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