Industrial and workers compensation laws are constantly changing. These laws, and those in relation to Wills and Estates, are complex and technical. If you need assistance with such matters you should see a lawyer experienced in these areas.
Being injured or sacked is distressing enough; being involved in litigation or a claim management process brings further stress. You need a lawyer who appreciates the pressures you are under.
Technical know-how and experience are not enough - you want your lawyer to:
This is how we conduct our practice.
Joseph Wearing was my 3rd legal representative during an extremely painful, traumatic and complicated ordeal involving workers' compensation. His level of expertise and knowledge of my legal entitlements was well beyond my expectations as he continued to set a number of precedents throughout my claim. The clarity of advice gained my trust and all of my payments and reimbursements in a highly professional, diligent and timely manner. I have no doubt had it not been for Joseph, I would still be going around in circles with no future prospects and would have suffered a breakdown in the meantime.
- David M
For over 25 years Joseph has been representing working people in a wide range of areas, but predominantly in employment and personal injury law. Most of Joseph's practice is in relation to employment disputes, workers compensation, unfair dismissals and wages claims, but he also has extensive experience in other personal injury work, discrimination law and defamation.
Joseph is a member of the Law Society of South Australia, the Australian Lawyers Alliance, the Society of Labour Lawyers (SA) Inc and the Industrial Relations Society of South Australia.
Doyle's Guide has identified Joseph as a Preeminent SA lawyer in the areas of Employment and Industrial Relations.
Whilst Joseph enjoys his work, he does have a life away from the office. When he's not there you'll find him spending time with his young family or riding his bike in the hills.
Donald graduated from Adelaide University in 2002, with degrees in Finance and Law. Before commencing work at Wearing & Blairs in April 2016, Donald had over 13 years' experience as an industrial lawyer, working for a large Union.
Donald has represented employees in a range of State and Federal Courts and Tribunals and has significant experience in negotiations with large employers. He specialises in workers compensation and industrial disputes, including underpayment claims and unfair dismissals.
Doyle's Guide has identified Donald as a Recommended SA lawyer for both employment and workers compensation.
Donald is a member of the Law Society of South Australia and is an active member of the Law Society's Industrial Relations Committee, Return to Work Minister's Advisory Committee, Society of Labour Lawyers (SA) Inc. and is a past member of the Industrial Relations Advisory Committee and of SafeWork SA Advisory Council.
I am thankful and pleased with all my interactions with Donald and all of the WearingLaw team, from start to finish.
- Shaun S
Karin Harris has over 15 years' experience in Wills and Estates Law in South Australia. She joined Wearing & Blairs in 2016. Prior to that, Karin worked in other leading law firms in South Australia, including nearly 5 years with a firm specialising in Wills and Estates.
Karin also has previous experience in commercial and family law. This provides her with a useful background when providing advice about estate planning, and the administration of deceased estates.
Karin is our Wills and Estates specialist solicitor. She can assist you with:
Karin is a member of the Law Society of South Australia and is committed to providing high quality, ethical legal advice, at a reasonable cost.
At all contact points Karin & Hannah display the professionalism expected from a large firm whilst still offering the benefits of dealing with a small firm.
- H & N W
Kris graduated from the University of Adelaide Law School close to 30 years ago, with Honours.
Running his own legal firm prior to joining Wearing & Blairs, Kris acted for clients in a wide variety of matters. At Wearing & Blairs, Kris will focus on employment law and Wills and Estates. With the ability to represent clients right through to trial, Kris has argued cases at all levels in various jurisdictions including the Industrial Relations Court, the Fair Work Commission, the various State Courts and the Federal Court.
Outside of legal practice, Kris has been the chairperson and a committee member of numerous community groups and sporting clubs over the last 20 years, including membership of the Victim Support Service Board 2011-2015. This has given Kris a great deal of experience in the constitutions and governance of non-profit associations, a niche area of the law. A former State MP, Kris is also Mayor of Marion.
In legal practice Kris is committed to sensible, low cost, negotiated resolutions where possible.
Kaeli graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws, with First Class Honours. She was admitted to practice that same year.
Prior to being admitted to practice, Kaeli worked within the Union movement providing advice and representation to workers across a range of industries, and particularly to vulnerable young workers.
Kaeli is passionate about protecting and advancing employee rights and entitlements. She advises on all manner of employment law matters including unfair dismissal, general protections, underpayment claims, discrimination and harassment claims, anti-bullying applications, as well as workers compensation matters.
Kaeli is a member of the Law Society of South Australia and the Women Lawyers' Association South Australia Inc.
Outside work, Kaeli enjoys participating in the local music community.
Wearing & Blairs has a team of experienced and friendly reception staff available to assist you.
Practice Manager Hannah helped establish WearingLaw in 2011 and Tara joined the team in 2016.
Whilst not at work, Hannah enjoys gaming, crafting and spending time with her family.
Tara is a long-time basketballer and is heavily involved with her local teams. When she's not on the court, she spends her free time drawing, crafting or spending time with her family.