workplace law

Pendlebury Workplace Law is a specialist workplace relations and employment law legal practice based in Sydney.

Independent Workplace Investigations & Fact Finding

Sometimes sensitive and difficult workplace relationships have reached a stage where they require an initial ‘fact-find’ or a more in-depth formal investigation as part of your internal grievance or dispute procedures.

Pendlebury Workplace Law can help you to respond quickly, professionally, and with an important independent perspective.

Conducting investigations and fact-findings is a specialist area and your final report needs to be robust in any subsequent stages of your procedures, or if progressed further externally, as in a court or tribunal.

Brooke sits on a number of Council Code of Conduct panels, and is an experienced Conduct Reviewer.

Pendlebury Workplace Law conducts focused and thorough investigations and provides your organisation with sound reports that are succinct and definitive.

Benefits of Investigations:

  • Speeds up the process and releases valuable internal resources;
  • Gets people back to work quickly;
  • Defines the investigation or fact-find tightly – helping you to manage the business risks;
  • Ensures a robust outcome and report;
  • Protects your HR specialists so that they can facilitate the process locally and in a way which respects any of their previous involvement;
  • Presents findings in a constructive manner, helping all parties to move on; and
  • Underlines your organisations commitment to fairness to all parties.

Our Principal Solicitor, Brooke Pendlebury, has expert experience in conducting independent investigations and providing well-considered, legally effective, reports and recommendations. In particular, Brooke has extensive experience conducting such investigations in the areas of local government and statutory organisations.

The Process


The process is simple. We review all preliminary documentation provided in relation to the allegations and or dispute. We identify the relevant personnel and advise that they will be required to attend an interview with the independent investigator.

We make an appointment to visit the workplace and conduct interviews (recorded) with all relevant personnel. These personnel are entitled to bring a support person along to the interview.

The record of the interviews are transcribed, and the interviewees are provided with an opportunity to read (and amend where necessary) the transcriptions.

The investigator then considers all of the evidence and prepares, on the basis of the rules of evidence, a report with respect to the findings of the investigation, and any recommendations.

Please call us now to obtain a quote.