Margaret Kaukas is Special Counsel in our civil law department, and leads our employment law team.
Margaret returned to study as mature age student, initially gaining a Bachelor of Arts (Communication) and then a Bachelor of Laws with Honours at the University of Adelaide. She was admitted to legal practice in 1993.
Prior to her legal career, Margaret worked in a wide variety of jobs including, hospitality, factory work (including a stint at an abattoir), fruit picking and administration. Her varied work prior to her legal career has given Margaret the ability to relate to and communicate effectively with a diverse range of people.
Margaret began her legal career as a Legal/Industrial Officer with the National Union of Workers, later moving to work for a major labour law firm in Adelaide. She later joined WorkCover’s Employee Advocate Unit, and was soon appointed Managing Solicitor of the unit. During this time, Margaret regularly provided training to union delegates in relation to the workers compensation scheme and its dispute resolution process.
After leaving WorkCover, Margaret worked with leading Adelaide law firms, specialising in workplace and workers compensation law, industrial and employment law, discrimination, and work health and safety, representing both employers and workers.
During her legal career Margaret has worked on a wide range of workplace matters and disputes including: unfair dismissals; underpayment of wages; adverse action claims; discrimination/equal opportunity claims; enterprise agreements, as well as continuing to practice in the field of workers compensation.
Margaret joined Andersons Solicitors at the beginning of 2015. As the leader of our employment law team, she largely represents workers, but also maintains a number of employer clients. Margaret enjoys the variety this provides, which keeps her negotiating skills ‘sharp’, and enables her to maintain her skills as a highly effective negotiator and advocate.
Margaret aims to represent her clients with enthusiasm, integrity and professionalism, and to provide pragmatic and cost-effective advice.
Margaret has presented papers on workers compensation, work health and safety and industrial law at numerous conferences, seminars and workshops as well as providing formal training to institutional clients in relation to workers compensation, industrial and work health and safety law. Margaret also teaches new law graduates about industrial and workplace law in the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program.
In 2018 Margaret was named by the Australian Financial Review as one of “Adelaide’s Best Lawyers” and, in 2017, 2018 and 2019 she was recommended by her peers in the South Australian legal community as a leading expert in Industrial and Workplace Law (worker’s representation) in Doyles Guide.
Outside of work, Margaret is a passionate advocate for animals, and is an active volunteer with SA Dog Rescue, a not-for-profit animal rescue and re-homing organisation.