Johnston Withers

Patrick North.

Practice leader: Employment and industrial law

Patrick is an experienced employment, industrial and work injury lawyer who heads up our employment and industrial team.

Working on Kaurna lands (Adelaide)

I am committed to assisting people in difficult circumstances and promoting fairness in the workplace.

Talk to Patrick about

Employment law
Workers' compensation
Industrial law

Patrick's qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Flinders University
  • Bachelor of Economics, Flinders University

Patrick's memberships

Patrick's experience

Patrick worked for a trade union in the warehousing, manufacturing and food processing industries before spending over 14 years at a boutique Adelaide firm representing workers and unions in employment, industrial and workers compensation matters.

Patrick's expertise

Patrick is committed to working with integrity to achieve the best possible outcomes for clients in all employment related matters. Clients with limited experience of the law appreciate Patrick’s empathetic and practical approach. Patrick represents clients in a range of courts and tribunals, including the South Australian Employment Tribunal, Fair Work Commission and the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.

Patrick's awards

Recognised as a leading employment lawyer in South Australia in Doyles Guide, 2021 and 2022.

Outside of Law

Patrick loves spending time with his young family and is a keen jogger.

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