About Us

In 2013, Marissa Dreher founded Dreher Legal, a boutique firm which practises exclusively in occupational health and safety law.

Marissa has extensive experience in this field, and has advised local, national and international companies on all aspects of OHS law. She has represented clients across a wide range of industry sectors, including Construction, Manufacturing, Transport And Logistics, Stevedoring, Utilities, Aviation and State And Local Government.

Prior to starting Dreher Legal, Marissa was a senior member of one of the largest WH&S national practices in Australia. During that time she was responsible for managing its Melbourne WH&S practice and leading many of its key prosecutions, administrative reviews and coronial inquests. She has extensive experience in dealing with regulatory authorities such as WorkSafe, Comcare, Energy Safe Victoria and Transport Safety Victoria.

Marissa is also an experienced safety legal trainer, providing compliance training for employees and managers, conducting Board briefings and facilitating mock trials.

Marissa is on the Board of Directors of the Safety Institute of Australia and a member of the Law Institute of Victoria.

Our mission

Dreher Legal’s mission is to provide its clients with expert legal advice and representation effectively, efficiently and commercially.

We will take the timeto focus first on understanding your business and key commercial needs and then aligning those with your specific legal obligations. That way, you manage your safety legal risks in a manner that is not only effective but is commercially realistic and sustainable.

Safety law cannot be not a one-size fits all. Gaining a thorough understanding of your specific legal, safety and operational risks is a fundamental aspect of developing sound and relevant strategies for your business. This is important for both proactive compliance advice and for litigation arising from workplace incidents. Dreher Legal’s tailored approaches are based on this principle. Working with all of these areas in your business, coupled with Dreher Legal’s experience and independence, ensures that the best objective, pragmatic and commercial legal strategy is achieved for your individual circumstances.

Efficiency is paramount in the current business climate. Dreher Legal strives to tailor its approaches not only to meet your safety legal requirements, but also to fit within your budget. Where practical, Dreher Legal will optimise the process by utilizing your valuable internal resources.

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