Firms To Watch: Labour and employment

The labour and employment team at Hamilton Locke is able to advise a range of domestic and multinational companies from its offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

Labour and employment in Australia


With offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra, market leader Ashurst leverages its national bench strength to assist with employment litigation, workplace investigations, workforce structuring and industrial relations. The group is led from the Sydney office by global employment practice head Stephen Woodbury, who advises on the employment law aspects of corporate transactions, and Lea Constantine, who handles workplace disputes as well as health and safety issues. In Brisbane, Ian Humphreys is known for providing strategic advice and workplace training to government entities and large corporations, while Perth-based partner Julia Sutherland is recognised for her representation of clients in various courts and tribunals. Another name to note is ‘standout’ lawyer Jon Lovell.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Woodbury; Lea Constantine

Other key lawyers:

Julia Sutherland; Ian Humphreys; Jon Lovell; Jennie Mansfield, Trent Sebbens; Sean Casey


‘The team provide expert legal advice in a practical, easy to digest way. When working with them, you feel taken care of. They understand the internal demands on their clients and always deliver advice and guidance which, as well as delivering to the brief, helps you manage internal stakeholders. Absolutely my go to. ’

‘Jon Lovell is a standout. As well as providing expert advice, Jon Lovell always values the opinions and views of his clients. Making sure that their perspective is properly taken into account in the process of giving advice. ’

‘Excellent team working with the largest corporates in Australia with deep experience working with international companies. The most experienced firm in dealing with regulators and compliance issues.’

Key clients

Woolworths Group Limited

Anglo American

AGL Energy Limited




Commonwealth Government

University of Melbourne

Airservices Australia

McDonald’s Australia

NSW Trains

Work highlights

  • Advising BHP’s Operational Services on the management of industrial action arising out of the negotiation of enterprise agreements.
  • Acting for Uber in proceedings in the Federal Court, concerning the status of drivers who utilise the Uber Rides platform and whether or not they are employees or independent contractors.
  • Acting for Qantas in defending a non-dismissal general protections application brought against it by a female pilot.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

With key practitioners based across Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane, Corrs Chambers Westgarth is able to provide a broad service to its clients – which are often blue-chips, multinational corporations, financial institutions and government bodies – covering contentious and non-contentious matters. The Melbourne office is home to practice head John Tuck, who advises on investigations and infrastructure projects, and revered ‘expert’ Paul Burns, who is backed by 30 years working in employment law. Graeme Watson also practices from Melbourne, advising on industrial relations issues, while Jack de Flamingh, in the Sydney office, is sought after for advice on strategy development and dispute resolution. In Perth, Anthony Longland is a key point of contact for those looking for representation in courts and tribunals.

Practice head(s):

John Tuck

Other key lawyers:

Paul Burns; Graeme Watson; Jack de Flamingh; Anthony Longland


‘The Corrs Chambers Westgarth Labour and employment practice team are experts in the field. The team continually update us about the latest developments in law and practice.’

‘Responsive and commercial.’

‘Well informed, hard-working and keep to timeframes, responsive and reasonably priced services. All levels of the team are across the subject area.’

‘Paul Burns – expert in his area, pragmatic & commercial, informed, responsive and puts good and capable people in his team on matters.’

‘All around, a very good team.’

Key clients


Cathay Pacific

Commonwealth Bank of Australia



National Australia Bank


State of Victoria


Work highlights

  • Advised LinkedIn on various workplace challenges arising as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Acting for Qube Logistics in relation to a claim by the maritime division of the Construction, Mining, Maritime and Energy Union in the Federal Court of Australia.
  • Acted for UGL, a large Australian engineering group that sits under multinational parent company CIMIC, in defence of class action proceedings commenced in the Perth Registry of the Federal Court.

Minter Ellison

Drawing upon the strength of eight offices in Australia, and backed by support from offices in London and across the Asia Pacific region, ‘nothing is too hard’ for the employment team at Minter Ellison. The group is led by Brisbane’s Trent Forno, who often handles high-profile matters and is a key point of contact for large mining and energy companies, major banks and insurers, as well as government agencies. The bench includes Jim Fox, a trusted advisor to national and multinational companies, Dan Williams, who is well known for his prowess in dispute management and industrial relations advice, in addition to Amanda Watt, who, with over 30 years of experience working in employment law, is entrusted with sensitive investigations and discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment cases. Melissa Harvey is a ‘standout’ lawyer.

Practice head(s):

Trent Forno

Other key lawyers:

Jim Fox; Amanda Watt; Dan Williams; Melissa Harvey


‘They stand out for the intelligence and practicality of their advice and support.’

‘Melissa Harvey is a standout lawyer. She goes beyond expectations to assist with employment matters. She is very respectful in all dealings. Her ability to understand situations and clarify into words is exceptional.’

‘The team is completely dependable. Nothing is too hard. ’

‘Amanda Watt – very experienced operator, pragmatic, thorough.’

‘Minter Ellison is unique insofar as it always approaches legal issues and problems in a practical, pragmatic and commercial way.’

‘Has long-term relationships with its clients, which enables them to better understand the context of the legal advice they provide and solutions they recommend.’

‘They have extensive experience in employment and industrial litigation involving all aspects of workplace relations and workplace health and safety law.’

Key clients


Commonwealth Bank of Australia


Department of Education and Training (Vic)

Department of Treasury and Finance (Vic)

State of Victoria

Queensland Rail

Gold Fields Australia Pty Ltd &Ors




Work highlights

  • Represented Linfox Armaguard in an industrial dispute with the Transport Workers Union (TWU) before the Fair Work Commission (FWC).
  • Represented CBA in Federal Circuit and Family Court proceedings brought by the Finance Sector Union (FSU).
  • Assisting Westpac Banking with major aspects of its industrial relations strategy and reform.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Well-established market leader Seyfarth Shaw LLP attracts a host of local employers, major corporates and large multinationals for its expertise in navigating high-profile matters that span across employment law as well as workplace health and safety. Darren Perry is noted for his work within the transport, financial services and media sectors; he leads the group from the Sydney office. From the Melbourne office, Chris Gardner offers his expertise in workplace change and enterprise bargaining, while Justine Giuliani focuses on post-employment restraints, termination of employment and executive employment arrangements, and Erin Hawthorne and Henry Skene assist clients with industrial litigation. Ben Dudley and Philippa Noakes are also key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Darren Perry

Other key lawyers:

Chris Gardner; Henry Skene; Ben Dudley; Erin Hawthorne; Justine Giuliani; Philippa Noakes


‘Very specialised and solid understanding of the law. Excellent litigators. Pragmatic, commercial and strategic advice.’

‘This practice is unique in its ability to very quickly grasp the issue at hand and ensure their advice is not only technically excellent; it is considered and captures solutions that allow our business to make informed and balance decisions on the way forward. ’

‘This firm is much more collaborative and creative than other firms. They really partner with you and never try and push their own agenda, they really place their client’s needs at the forefront of their work.’

Key clients

Patrick Stevedores Holdings Pty Ltd

Svitzer Australia Pty Ltd

ALDI Foods Pty Ltd

Telstra Limited

DP World

Just Group

National Roads & Motorists Association Group

IPH Limited

AMA Group Limited

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

DHL Supply Chain (Australia) Pty Ltd

Optic Security Group

Gurner Australia

Work highlights

  • Delivered employment and industrial relations advice across ALDI’s entire Australian operations through an exclusive bespoke channel.
  • Advised Telstra during the negotiation of four enterprise agreements to cover the restructured group.
  • Aided on a new enterprise agreement for Just Group, a leading retail conglomerate, incorporating its desired commercial terms.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie acts as trusted advisor to a network of large multinational and domestic clients, frequently assisting on matters of dismissal, bullying, renumeration, post-employment restrictions, and more recently, issues surrounding wage theft and underpayment claims against employers. Practice head Michael Michalandos advises on all aspects of employment law and regularly defends high-profile matters before state and federal courts and tribunals, while Paul Brown deals in particular with collective industrial relations and disputes. Ben Burke handles cross-border corporate transactions and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael Michalandos

Other key lawyers:

Paul Brown; Ben Burke


‘Paul Brown at Baker McKenzie was an excellent partner and advisor. Paul provides immediately actionable advice, quick-fire suggestions in plain language, as well as direct feedback in a way that cut through the noise. In addition, Paul is able to assist his clients to simulate various scenarios to a chosen course of action, in a way that is practical and reassuring.’

‘Partner availability, skills, knowledge and strategic abilities.’

Key clients


Serco Australia Pty Limited

Unilever Australia Trading Limited

Hutchison Ports Australia Pty Limited

Schneider Electric (Australia) Pty Limited

Hewlett-Packard Australia Pty Ltd

Siemens Mobility Australia Pty Ltd

Crosby Textor Research Strategies Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Nike Australia in relation to the defence of numerous unfair dismissal and adverse action claims in the Fair Work Commission.
  • Advised Serco Australia in relation to the defence of numerous unfair dismissal and adverse action claims in the Fair Work Commission, the Federal Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.
  • Advised Unilever Australia on Fair Work Commission and Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia matters, including the successful defence of a disability discrimination claim.

Clayton Utz

The team at Clayton Utz, based across Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra, advises public and private clients, including government bodies and academic institutions, on industrial relations risks and employment regulation. Dan Trindade steers the practice from Melbourne, assisting with workplace strategy and employment litigation, while in Perth Anna Casellas handles contentious and non-contentious employment relations issues, specialising in enterprise bargaining and unfair dismissals. The Sydney office fields Cilla Robinson, whose practice focuses on the corporate side of employment transactions, and Amanda Lyras, who manages sensitive discrimination and harassment investigations. In Brisbane, Christy Miller is a key point of contact for public and private sector clients seeking strategic advice.

Practice head(s):

Dan Trindade

Other key lawyers:

Anna Casellas; Cilla Robinson; Christy Miller; Amanda Lyras


‘The Clayton Utz team is well resourced with a range of experienced practitioners and extremely responsive to our needs (reflecting the time criticality of the matters we bring to them).’

‘Cilla Robinson is a brilliant employment lawyer. Well-prepared, smart and gives practical advice. ’

‘Law firms are as good as their people. Cilla Robinson is a fantastic lawyer.’

Key clients

The Department of Home Affairs

Australian Federal Police; Comcare;

Department of Defence

Department of Health

The University of Melbourne

The University of Sydney



Amazon Web Services

Australian Building and Construction Commissioner (ABCC)

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Austal Ships

Major Projects Canberra

Australian Rail Track Corporation

Sunshine Coast University

Suburban Rail Loop Authority

Country Fire Authority

Australian Rail Track Corporation

NSW Rural Fire Service

Work highlights

  • Represented Wipro against the State of New South Wales in the NSW Court of Appeal.
  • Acting for the Fair Work Ombudsman in Federal Court litigation against Coles Supermarkets, alleging Coles has contravened the Fair Work Act 2009.
  • Acted for Austal in its defence of a seminal claim by a union that it had contravened provisions of the Fair Work Act.

Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills offers clients a unified labour and employment and health and safety practice, advising a portfolio of large employers from across the mining and resources, aviation and financial services sectors on disputes and strategic employee relations planning. Practice head and managing partner of global employment Steve Bell is known by clients for his work on the employment aspects of infrastructure projects. Other key names to note are Sydney-based partner Drew Pearson, Aaron Anderson in Brisbane and Anna Creegan, who practices from Perth. Creegan is best known for her navigation of workplace disputes, regularly appearing in court, tribunal and arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Steve Bell

Other key lawyers:

Aaron Anderson, Drew Pearson; Anna Creegan

Key clients







NSW, Victoria, Queensland and WA State Governments



Virgin Australia

Work highlights

  • Working with the Australian Human Rights Commission to develop the Guidelines for the Targeted Recruitment of People with Disability.
  • Advising an ASX-listed employer on an investigation into workplace culture and psychological safety within its leadership ranks.
  • Representing DuluxGroup in the Fair Work Commission and Federal Court proceedings brought by the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU).

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons attracts a range of financial institutions, blue-chip corporates and listed companies looking for ‘commercial, pragmatic and sophisticated’ advice on employment matters. The group is steered by Murray Kellock and Andrew Gray; Kellock practices from Melbourne, assisting with workplace relations matters, and Gray leads from Sydney, guiding companies through workplace investigations. Ruth Rosedale practices from Perth, assisting clients with contentious and non-contentious matters, often advising on restructurings, dismissals, workplace compliance, and health and safety issues.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Gray; Murray Kellock

Other key lawyers:

Ruth Rosedale


‘The team at KWM are exceptional in respect of their legal capabilities and breadth of knowledge within the team. The team is always fantastic with engagement and provides commercially pragmatic advice tailored to the business. Their availability and engagement with the business is fantastic. ’

‘The care, attention, timeliness and quality of the service and advice is what makes the KWM labour and employment practice stand out. The KWM team also ensure that its clients are kept well abreast of legal and judicial developments.’

‘Andrew Gray is a no nonsense adviser that is on top of his brief.’

Key clients

Macquarie Asset Management

Bloomfield Group



Gladstone Ports

Paraway Pastoral


Museum of Queensland

Scentre group

Hanson Construction


Work highlights

  • Advising on several ongoing safety investigations for clients in energy and resources, mining, industrials and consumer, agriculture, real estate and construction.
  • Advising major infrastructure investors and managers on their approach to WHS governance across their asset portfolios and funds.
  • Advising a range of clients on their COVID management plans and their return-to-work arrangements, including major employers.

Kingston Reid

With a dedicated employment practice and integrated health and safety offering, Kingston Reid attracts clients from across the financial services, construction, mining and natural resources, and media industries. Alice Deboos is called upon to handle sensitive and high-profile matters for the government and private sector, specifically allegations of sexual misconduct, and Steven Amendola deals with dispute resolution work for the public sector. Backed by significant cross-border experience, Michael Stutley assists clients with the navigation of employment and immigration law, while Duncan Fletcher and Christa Lenard work with clients from the maritime industry. Brendan Milne is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Alice DeBoos

Other key lawyers:

Steven Amendola; Duncan Fletcher; Christa Lenard; Michael Stutley; Brendan Milne; Emily Baxter; James Parkinson


‘They really understand our business well and provide pragmatic and strategic advice.’

‘Stand-outs are Michael Stutley, Duncan Fletcher, Emily Baxter and James Parkinson.’

‘Christa Lenard is accessible, personable and is always acting in our best interests.’

Key clients

Australian Taxation Office

BGC (Australia)

Big Hill Cranes Pty Ltd

BlueScope Steel

Boral Australia

Catholic Schools NSW

Coates Hire Operations Pty Ltd


Commonwealth Bank of Australia

CPB Contractors

CSR Limited

Department of Health

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development & Communications


DP World

Essential Energy

Experience Co

Fortescue Metals Group

Fuji Xerox

Illawarra Retirement Trust


Macquarie Bank

Menulog Pty Ltd

McConnell Dowell Constructors

McDonald Jones Homes

Mondiale VGL

Newmont Mining

NSW Government

Pacific National

Serco Australia

Seven West Media

Southern Cross Electrical Engineering

SRG Global

Teekay Shipping (Australia)

University of Western Australia


Work highlights

  • Represented dnata in the successful resolution of its national enterprise bargaining negotiations, avoiding strike action.
  • Assisted HungryPanda to obtain urgent interim injunctions, preventing individuals previously working for its Easi business from taking confidential information and working with a competitor.
  • Defended Southern Cross Electrical Engineering before the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission in an underpayment claim by the Electrical Trades Union on the $1bn Kemerton Lithium Project.


A trusted advisor to banks, major multinationals, tech giants and government institutions, Allens’ workload consists of high-profile, high-stake industrial relations strategy, risks and disputes matters. Simon Dewberry leads the practice from Melbourne; backed by significant employment litigation experience, he advises clients on sensitive employment disputes in court. Veronica Siow practices from Sydney, providing strategic advice on workplace restructurings, employment terminations, investigations and compliance issues. Sikeli Ratu is a key point of contact for large Australian businesses and international clients alike.

Practice head(s):

Simon Dewberry

Other key lawyers:

Veronica Siow; Sikeli Ratu; Tarsha Gavin


‘Very capable team – from partner to all associated team members.’

‘Very responsive, knowledgeable & pragmatic.’

‘Veronica Siow and Tarsha Gavin are outstanding and work seamlessly as a team. Without them, we certainly would not be seeing light at the end of the tunnel!’

Key clients



Australia Post

Rio Tinto


National Australia Bank (NAB)

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ)

General Mills







Woolworths Holdings Limited

Australian Unity

SCT Logistics




Super Retail Group

BAE Systems Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Chevron on industrial relations and bargaining strategy.
  • Advised Super Retail Group on Fair Work Commission Ombudsman litigation.
  • Advised BAE Systems in applying for (and maintaining) exemptions to the anti-discrimination laws in each Australian jurisdiction.

DLA Piper

The team at DLA Piper offers clients commercial and strategic advice across the gamut of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. The group is led by Nicholas Turner, who has over 25 years of experience in the field and specialises in the technology, financial services and life sciences sectors. Leanne Nickels advises clients on industrial relations strategies within the mining and natural resources sectors, and Rick Catanzariti is sought after for his experience representing clients in the Federal and Supreme Courts.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Turner

Other key lawyers:

Rick Catanzariti; Leanne Nickels; Joanne Leveridge; Clancy King


‘The DLA Piper employment team is our go-to for practical, expert employment and industrial relations advice. ’

‘Clancy King is super responsive and able to distil our legal obligations into practical steps and strategies that our business can adopt.’

‘Highly responsive, and provide insightful advice and strategies to achieve successful outcomes for our company and its clients.’

‘Options and recommendations and always well-thought-out and presented. They are also happy to provide training and advice to our company and clients. ’

‘Trust is a highly regarded trait, and Rick Catanzariti and his team have earned that through their sustained professionalism, quality of work delivered, honesty and successful outcomes achieved. ’

‘The team is very reliable and responsive. They also provide practical and sensible legal advice.’

‘DLA also have a thorough understanding of our client base and their pressure points when providing resolution strategies.’

Key clients


Air Menzies International

Austin Health


Berkley Insurance


Busy Bees


Care Park Australia

HRL Morrison & Co


James Hardie

Jetcrete Oz Pty Ltd



Western Australian General Practice Education and Training

Work highlights

  • Advising Adobe on restrictive covenant and confidential information protection matters in Australia.
  • Acting on behalf of several members of the Federal Parliament in respect of claims made against them and the Commonwealth by former staffers alleging breaches of the general protections provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).
  • Acting for Silver Lake (Deflector) in relation to a general protection claim made by a former employee in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.

Johnson Winter Slattery

Johnson Winter Slattery acts for global companies and multinational corporates, assisting with high-profile contentious employment claims, large-scale restructures and workplace legislation changes. Leadership of the practice is shared between three key lawyers: in the Sydney office, Ruveni Kelleher advises private equity and venture capital clients on outsourcing and compliance, Jan Dransfield specialises in workplace disputes and investigations, often representing clients in court, and Lucienne Mummé, who practices from the Melbourne office, is best known for her work developing and implementing industrial relations strategies.

Practice head(s):

Jan Dransfield; Ruveni Kelleher; Lucienne Mummé


‘Clear expertise in Australian employment and labour law.’

‘I have had great experience with Ruveni Kelleher – responsive and excellent.’

‘Jan Dransfield is able to both translate into understandable business advice, all the while being pragmatic and solution focussed.’

Key clients

Airport Link Company Pty Ltd

Ambulance Victoria


Cuscal Limited

Department of Finance (Comcover)

Elanor Wildlife Park Management Pty Ltd

Emma Dunch

Football Australia

InfiniQ Pty Ltd

KDR Victoria Pty Ltd T/A Yarra Trams

Lineage Logistics

Merivale Group

Qantas Group

Swissport Australia Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Merivale in relation to class action proceedings commenced in the Federal Court in 2019.
  • Acting for the Qantas Group and successfully represented a Group member in proceedings in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
  • Acted for Ambulance Victoria in the implementation of State Government Public Health Orders and Directions including in respect of mandatory vaccination.

K&L Gates

With employment lawyers based across Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, K&L Gates continues to work with clients around the country operating in the education, agriculture and health sectors. Recently, the group has experienced exponential growth of work within the government and public sectors. The practice is co-chaired by Paul Hardman, who advises on workplace investigations and disputes, Stephen Hardy, who specialises in health and safety, and Michaela Moloney, whose practice encompasses both fields.

Practice head(s):

Michaela Moloney; Paul Hardman; Stephen Hardy


‘We receive a significant level of partner involvement and direction in matters involving K&L Gates. While the advice they provide is legally correct, they always seek to consider practical solutions.’

‘Good value for money – they do not under or over service.’

‘Pragmatic and responsive. ’

‘Michaela is particularly good at speaking with her clients as equals and working with them in a manner that recognizes the pressures faced by her clients. She is responsive and pragmatic. ’

‘You can pick up the phone, ask a question and get a strategic legal response that is fit for purpose. ’

‘Collaboration is the essential ingredient that makes this firm a true strategic partner. ’

Key clients

Acciona Energy

Australia Football League (AFL)

Australian Professional Leagues (APL)

CBUS Super

CBUS Property

Cricket Australia

EBOS Group

Master Builders Association of Victoria

McConnell Dowell Constructors

Melbourne Victory Football Club

Murrays Australia

Australian Red Cross Society

Victoria University

Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA)

Work highlights

  • Advising Australian Football League’s legal and HR teams on all aspects of employment, industrial and discrimination law.
  • Assisted Immutable in relation to unfair dismissal claims lodged by Professionals Australia, which have been arbitrated by the Fair Work Commission.

KHQ Lawyers

KHQ Lawyers offers clients a service which combines workplace relations and health and safety. Chris Gianatti steers the group from Melbourne, working with domestic corporates and household names from the transport, education and natural resources sectors, handling a spread of enterprise bargaining and industrial litigation matters. In Melbourne, Claire Brown assists clients with matters of bullying, discrimination and unfair dismissal; she is often sought out to represent clients in the state and federal courts.

Practice head(s):

Chris Gianatti

Other key lawyers:

Claire Brown


‘Approachable, engaging, responsive, pragmatic, practical and methodical advice which demystifies the law.’

‘Fantastic employment law practice – diversity of skill sets across the team.’

‘Exceptional knowledge and technical capability.’

‘The people are what make this practice unique. The legal advice also includes practical application, nuanced to my organisation.’

‘They go the extra mile.’

‘Chris Gianatti and Claire Brown are, to put it simply, two of the best in their field. Nothing is too small for them to lean into.’

‘The KHQ team have provided me with exceptional service. Their subject matter expertise combined with a real willingness to understand the client’s business and people is unmatched in my experience.’

‘Chris Gianatti is outstanding. His availability and understanding of the Construction industry landscape means his legal advice is always ‘spot on’ for our needs. ’

Key clients

Qube Holdings

CSL Limited

John Holland


Asahi Beverages (including Carlton & United Breweries)

ENGIE Australia & New Zealand

ANZ Banking Group Limited




Freight Management Holdings (backed by Singapore Post)

Infrabuild Group

Team Global Express

Chartered Accountants of Australia & New Zealand

Clean Energy Council

Swatch Group

ABB Australia

SGS Australia

Eurofins Australia


Bapcor Group Limited

JC Decaux

HSK Ward Group

TSG Group Australia

Programmed Group

Service Stream


Peninsula Health

ICON Health

Caraniche Health

humm group





Blackbird Venture Capital

RMIT University

University of New South Wales

Kaplan Education

Monadelphous Group Limited

NRW Group Limited

Vertech Group Limited


CPB Contractors

Corestaff Australia

Aussie Broadband


Rome 2 Rio

Bus Association of Victoria

Commonwealth Cyber Security Research Centre

Fuwa K Hitch

Techtronic Industries Australia

Goulburn Valley Health

Acknowledge Education

Toyota Tsusho Australasia

SECON Freight Logistics

Norman Carriers

Decmil Group

C&S Lightweight

CCL Secure

Secure Electronic Registries Victoria (formerly Victorian Land Registry Services)


Remedy Drinks

United Super Pty Ltd ATF Cbus



Ready Media Group




Spaceship Financial Services

Logistics Holdings

GKR Transport

efm logistics

TIG Freight Management

NTT Workforce Solutions


Autumn Aged Care

Curtis Stone Events

Excell Gray Bruni


Middendorp Electrical

Gaming Laboratories Australia

Humphris Nurseries

Summer Housing

Work highlights

  • Provided strategic and day-to-day employment advice on John Holland’s infrastructure projects.
  • Advising Qube on the relocation of its port operation for the Spirit of Tasmania passenger ferries from Melbourne to a new regional port in Geelong.
  • Assisted with enterprise bargaining re-negotiation and disputes at a range of Asahi sites across Australia.

Lander & Rogers

The employment group at Lander & Rogers guides clients through matters of discrimination, unfair dismissal, health and safety, as well as compliance and underpayment issues, mainly attracting government entities and clients from the education and construction sectors. Practice head Daniel Proietto leads from the Melbourne office, managing a workload that spans both the public and private sectors. He is best known for his management of workplace disputes, terminations and investigations, while Kaitlyn Gulle, also in the Melbourne office, deals with discrimination legislation as well as contract negotiation and interpretation. Mark Sullivan is the ‘go-to person’ for client in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Proietto

Other key lawyers:

Kaitlyn Gulle; Mark Sullivan


‘They are commercial in their outlook, practical in their advice, and very timely in all communications.’

‘They are a first-rate national firm and our first choice – we have no qualms about introducing them to our clients, and we have received overwhelmingly positive responses about them.’

‘Mark Sullivan is the go-to person for us in Sydney. He is not only technically competent, but also very friendly and prompt in rendering advice. ’

Key clients

Fair Work Ombudsman (substituted for the ABCC in December 2022)

Dental Health Services Victoria

University of Melbourne

Southern Migrant & Refugee Centre Inc

Essential Services Commission

Chisholm Institute

Ord Minnett

Lenovo Australia & New Zealand Pty Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the Fair Work Ombudsman (substituted for the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner) in two Federal Court of Australia proceedings against the CFMMEU and union officials.
  • Advising the University of Melbourne in a complex adverse action claim by a former academic at the University of Melbourne.
  • Advising Ord Minnett in underpayment proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court commenced by a former commission-based adviser.


Maddocks balances a busy workload, covering termination of contracts, unfair dismissals, restructurings and harassment matters. The team is co-chaired by Lindy Richardson, a trusted advisor to public sector clients seeking industrial relations and employment litigation advice, Catherine Dunlop, whose skills lie in inquests, inquiries and workplace health and safety matters, and Bruce Heddle, whose employment law experience, spanning over 35 years, attracts a host of listed and private companies.

Practice head(s):

Lindy Richardson; Catherine Dunlop; Bruce Heddle

Key clients


Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Limited

Costco Wholesale Australia Pty Ltd

Deakin University

Coloplast Pty Ltd


Macquaire Group

Deutsche Bank

Iron Mountain


Victoria and NSW Police

CPA Australia





Satterley Property


Commonwealth Government Departments/Agencies

NSW and Victorian State Government Departments/Agencies

NSW and Victorian Local Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Costco on all of its employment and industrial relations matters in Australia.
  • Advising Domino’s on the industrial relations aspects of the class action proceedings commenced against it in the Federal Court on behalf of employees of its sub-franchisees.
  • Advising Macquarie Group on executive remuneration arrangements including a range of short and long term, transaction-based and other incentive arrangements.

Mills Oakley

The national team at Mills Oakley offers clients a blend of industrial relations, employment and litigation services, attracting leading international and ASX-listed companies from various industries. Ross Levin co-chairs the group from Melbourne, managing work from government bodies, as well as private and listed companies, while Laura Sowden does so from Sydney, drawing on her in-depth knowledge of both employment and health and safety law. Harold Downes leads from Brisbane, where he advises on industrial relations matters, while Canberra-based partner William Ward handles bullying, harassment and discrimination cases. Daniel White, in the Perth office, is noted for his ‘quality of advice’ and is active in employment disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ross Levin; Dr Laura Sowden; Harold Downs; Daniel White; William Ward


‘The team are always ready to respond. Trusted advisors that give clear and reliable advice in even the most stressful situations.’

‘The personal approach is one where they are genuinely one of your team, with a keen eye for strategy and opportunity. They are our absolute go to team above others in the labour and HR field. ’

‘Always contactable, deliver on timeframes, personable and easy to get along with, not just seen as a lawyer/employer relationship.’

‘The team is extremely accessible and provides an exceptionally personalised service.’

‘Quality of advice – Daniel White.’

‘Mills Oakley as a law firm is very approachable and easy to collaborate with, from reception staff to support staff taking calls to accounts, they are always attentive and make you feel that you / your organisation is of upmost importance.’

Key clients

Bank of Queensland Limited

Maritime Offshore Vessel Operator and Crewing Agent Group

Curtin University

Industry Superannuation Fund

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

David Warner

Stanmore Resources Limited

Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Contract Resources Pty Ltd

Most major Metropolitan and regional public hospitals in Victoria

Work highlights

  • Advised BOQ on employment transition issues during its acquisition of ME Bank.
  • Acting for MMA Offshore, Maersk, Solstad, DOF, Siem and Tidewater in respect of the current maritime and offshore enterprise bargaining with all three maritime unions.
  • Assisted Australia’s largest children’s research hospitals on a full range of employment law issues, including advice on modern award coverage.

Piper Alderman

With offices in Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Sydney, the labour and employment team at Piper Alderman advises organisations across a host of sectors, including health, transport, retail, telecoms and construction. With over 24 years of experience in employment law, practice head Tim Lange has expertise in a wide range of employment and industrial relations matters, covering terminations and unfair dismissals, anti-discrimination, employment contracts and industrial dispute resolution. Erin McCarthy has extensive knowledge of misconduct investigations, namely cases of bullying, discrimination and harassment. Other lawyers include Ben Motro, who has experience advising on and preparing employment contracts, deeds of release and enterprise agreements. Joe Murphy left the practice in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

Tim Lange

Other key lawyers:

Erin McCarthy; Shane Entriken; Ben Motro


‘Piper Alderman’s employment practice is unique in our experience in that not only do you have exceptional access to their Partners, but the depth of knowledge across the team and the lack of silos ensures support is always available. ’

‘Tim Lange’s encyclopaedic knowledge of Australian employment law is matched only by his ability to think strategically from the inception of a matter.’

‘Ben Motro was an exceptional support through a series of challenging issues. Ben was always very easy to get a hold of, he has a great disposition which makes working with him an absolute pleasure.’

‘Very genuine and very approachable. They are also prompt with their responses, and the advice is always technically smart, tailored to our needs, and immensely helpful with our decision-making. We trust their advice.’

‘Personal service – consistency in advice, and working with a team that understands our business.’

‘Very knowledgeable team who are always willing to educate and share knowledge, explaining advice clearly and concisely. ’

‘Erin McCarthy – very easy to work with, pragmatic and patient.’

‘The law firm has unique capability in industrial relations. ’

Key clients

Chatime Australia Pty Ltd

Epiroc Australia Pty Ltd

Fletcher Building Australia Pty Ltd

Laminex Pty Ltd

Ventia Australia Pty Ltd

Cleanaway Operations Pty Ltd

Equatorial Launch Australia Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for a company and its managing director in a matter with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
  • Acted for Epiroc Australia to review issues or award coverage, executive employment contracts, including share and bonus schemes.

Gadens Lawyers

The labour and employment team at Gadens Lawyers is well versed in recruitment, redundancies, compliance issues and corporate restructures, as well as employment disputes. The Melbourne office fields practice head Siobhan Mulcahy, a trusted advisor to clients in the construction, hospitality, healthcare and education industries, and George Haros, an industrial relations and dispute resolution specialist. In the Sydney office, Louise Rumble works with public and private sector clients, and, most recently, has been advising employers on compliance with statutory obligations and amendments to legislation.

Practice head(s):

Siobhan Mulcahy

Other key lawyers:

George Haros; Louise Rumble


‘The team is a great mix of experienced practitioners and young, sharp, energetic lawyers – all lawyers are very commercial and pragmatic, as well as having great technical expertise.’

‘Siobhan Mulcahy is a great example of a legal partner in the true sense of the word. She brings a great deal of experience and technical ability to a problem.’

‘George Haros is one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with. He has commercial acumen which is second to none, he relates well to everyone and has great technical skills / experience.’

Key clients


Edge Contracting Pty Ltd t/as Blue Tongue Recruit

Eurofins Group

Mattel Pty

McCain Foods

Pelican Products

Spc Staff Pty Limited

State Sport Centres Trust

The Citadel Group


Work highlights

  • Advised in managing the compliance audit and transition of its contractor workforce globally to a compliant and sustainable model.
  • Advised the State Sports Centres Trust on a range of employment and industrial relations matters including enterprise agreement issues.
  • Advised and assisted Mattel with a global restructure to align its reorganisation of its business development and marketing teams.

Gilbert + Tobin

Gilbert + Tobin advises a stellar roster of blue-chip multinationals and domestic corporates on restructurings, insolvencies, mergers, investigations and contract breaches. Dianne Banks leads the team from Sydney, assisting clients with contentious and transactional matters. She is supported by a team of lawyers including Tom Brett, who has in-depth knowledge of the insurance and financial services sectors, in addition to James Pomeroy, who advises on workplace disputes, post-employment restraints and corporate transactions. Kaushalya Mataraaratchi is also based in Sydney; she handles high-value employment disputes in the Federal and Supreme Courts.

Practice head(s):

Dianne Banks

Other key lawyers:

James Pomeroy; Kaushalya Mataraaratchi; Tom Brett


‘The team is very commercial and able to pull in the relevant experts when the employment matters start to touch on other aspects of employment law to ensure that all relevant aspects are considered.’

‘Dianne Banks is a standout partner to work with. She is incredibly knowledgeable and commercial in her approach. Her ability to understand where something steps outside of employment law into say securities law or corporate is invaluable in coming up with a full picture to make decisions.’

‘The team are highly responsive and pragmatic in their approach. Tom Brett is a very good sounding board for complex and sensitive issues.’

Key clients

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

Virgin Australia







Philips Electronics Australasia

Quadrant Private Equity


Kahlbetzer Group

Diversity Council Australia


Barbeques Galore

Aesthetics Australia Group (Laser Clinics Group)


NOVA entertainment

Peter Warren Automotive Group

Guzman Y Gomez

Work highlights

  • Advising PAG Asia Capital on the employment aspects of its acquisition of Four’N Twenty pies maker, Patties Foods and Vesco Foods.
  • Advising Cardno Emerging Markets and an employee in defending multimillion-dollar proceedings brought by a competitor.
  • Advising Roofoods in relation to the voluntary administration of its Australian subsidiary, Deliveroo Australia.

Hall & Wilcox

The national team at Hall & Wilcox offers its client base of public and private sector companies ‘sound advice’ on the gamut of employment, industrial relations and health and safety law. Sydney-based practice head Aaron Dearden, who brings over 25 years of experience to the group, is a key point of contact for prominent Australian and international companies from the maritime, telecoms and transport sectors, along with Fay Calderone, who advises and represents employers in matters involving sexual harassment and discrimination. Rosemary Roach, of the Perth office, advises clients from the public and private sectors on workplace investigations and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Dearden

Other key lawyers:

Fay Calderone; Rosemary Roach


‘Quality client service. They are extremely reliable, meet deadlines and work long and hard to support our business.’

‘They are innovative, strategic and solution focused. They cut to the bone on the issues at hand and what action we can take to resolve the matter. They do not overpromise and under deliver. They deliver on what they promise.’

‘Very good collaboration on strategic planning.’

‘Rosemary Roach – smart, personable and an expert in her field.’

‘Very experienced team, with stable/longstanding team members. Very pragmatic approach and advice. Great listeners and they are solution oriented.’

‘The team’s availability at very short notice is always appreciated. Time is taken to truly understand issues and solutions offered are commercial and aimed at effectively mitigating risk.’

‘Highly responsive and skilled. Excellent communications and sound advice, capable of immediate implementation.’

Key clients

The State of Queensland (WorkCover Employing Office) (WorkCover Qld)

Michael Page International (Australia) Pty Ltd / PageGroup

AusNet Services

Work highlights

  • Acted for WorkCover Qld seeking orders in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission to terminate or suspend proposed industrial action.
  • Assisting AusNet with an investigation and subsequent rectification of employee underpayment exceeding $10m for over 1,800 affected employees.
  • Assisting with a broad range of litigious and non-litigious employment matters to the human resources function of Michael Page.


HFW offers its client base of national and international corporates from across the leisure, transport and manufacturing sectors guidance with day-to-day employment matters as well as workplace investigations and litigation. Mark Sant leads the practice from Sydney, where he specialises in assisting clients from the tourism and hospitality industries, while in Perth, Simon Billing acts for companies operating within the mining and oil and gas industries. Each practitioner draws on 30 years of experience working in employment law.

Practice head(s):

Mark Sant

Other key lawyers:

Simon Billing


‘This practice provides practical advice for implementation in our business. They are prompt in responding to requests for assistance and thoughtful in provision of precedent and risk assessment.’

‘I value Mark’s ability to clearly articulate risks and provide options for resolution, ranging from conservative to pragmatic.’

‘They know the hospitality industry and all related matters that involve changes and keep us up to date as and when required.’

Key clients

IHG Hotels

Accor Hotels

Hamilton Island Enterprises Limited

Shangri-La Hotels

Metcash Trading Limited


Large international hotel management group

Vinidex Pty Ltd

Large international hotel located in Sydney

Goodman Fielder

Work highlights

  • Acted for several hotels in the Accor Hotels network in proceedings before the Fair Work Commission in relation to the termination of several expired enterprise agreements.
  • Advising Hamilton Island Enterprises on a wide range of employment and industrial matters.
  • Acting for the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney in connection with an enforceable undertaking that was successfully negotiated in 2022 following a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation.

Jones Day

Domestic and multinational corporates turn to the labour team at Jones Day for advice on all aspects of employment and health and safety law, from due diligence to litigation. Adam Salter heads the practice from the Perth office, assisting employers with a wide spread of matters, including M&A, outsourcing, employee benefits as well as data and cybersecurity issues.

Practice head(s):

Adam Salter


‘Adam Salter has a deep knowledge of international companies and the employment aspects of large-scale corporate transactions.’

Key clients

Applied Medical Resources Corporation

Beforepay Group Limited

Hornblower Group, Inc.


Work highlights

  • Advised Applied Medical Resources Corporation regarding a former employee who was dismissed for his failure to comply with the company’s vaccination requirement.
  • Conducted employment due diligence and advised on employment related issues arising from Beforepay’s initial public offering on the ASX.
  • Advised Hornblower on its participation in the competitive sale process of its Journey Beyond tourism and experiences business, undertaken by Quadrant Private Equity.

Moray & Agnew

Moray & Agnew advises private and listed companies, leading insurers, international household names and public sector clients across the life cycle of employment matters. Nick Duggal leads the group from Melbourne, working with companies and government entities on cases of unfair dismissal, discrimination and matters that require court litigation. In Newcastle, Elizabeth Radley offers clients 20 years of expertise specialising in employment and health and safety law.

Practice head(s):

Nick Duggal

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Radley


‘They have their finger on the pulse with all facets of workplace law and they are always seeking to develop professionally.’

‘This practice makes its clients feel incredibly valued and cared for in a way that we have never seen with another law firm.’

‘Client service. Always feel like we are priority number one. Collaboration – going beyond just providing legal advice and working with us to build solutions to support compliance. Strong technical knowledge.’

Key clients

Bunurong Aboriginal Land Council Corporation, Melbourne, Victoria

Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Corporation

Far East Consortium

CBRE (C) Pty Ltd

Buller Ski Lifts Pty Ltd (Buller Ski & Snowboard School Pty Ltd)

Avant Mutual

Fair Work Ombudsmen

People 2.0

Work highlights

  • Defended CBRE in the Employment and Industrial List of the Supreme Court of Victoria.
  • Advised one of Melbourne’s most prominent Aboriginal Land Council Corporations in relation to a number of critical corporate governance issues and workplace matters.
  • Advised Far East Consortium following the high-profile administration of the head contractor Probuild on one of Melbourne’s largest developments.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Under the leadership of Jason Noakes, who has over 20 years of experience in this field, the employment team at Norton Rose Fulbright assists clients from across the life sciences, technology, transport, finance and infrastructure industries with a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. The Brisbane office fields Martin Osborne, whose practice covers a broad range of matters, from corporate restructurings to industrial relations disputes. Another name to note is Alexandra Shields, who practices from the Sydney office.

Practice head(s):

Jason Noakes

Other key lawyers:

Martin Osborne; Alexandra Shields


‘Availability of the team. Timely response. Practical advice, with recommendations/options.’

‘Jason Noakes – calm, measured, confident and client centric approach. Martin Osborne – forthright and practical. As individuals, they come together really well as a team.’

‘Martin Osborne is both knowledgeable with respect to workplace relations and is practical.’

Key clients


Arrow Energy

Bonza Aviation

Centennial Parklands

Chevron Australia Pty Ltd

Clean Energy Finance Corporation


CS Energy

Cushman and Wakefield

CWP Renewables

Department of Defence

Department of Families, Fairness and Housing

Energy Queensland

EVT Limited

Fair Work Ombudsman

Fulton Hogan

Goodman Fielder

Laser Clinics


Luxxotica (OPSM)

Multiplex Australia


NSW Police

Office of the Department of Public Prosecutions

Pandora Jewellery


Ray White Group

Signature Hospitality Group


University of Queensland

Veolia Environmental Services

Work highlights

  • Advising Lendlease in a range of employment relations matters for all of its businesses, including the joint venture, Retirement Living.
  • Advising Bonza and its private equity backing 777 Partners on the establishment of a new low-cost regional airline in Australia, including all employment matters.
  • Representing Cushman & Wakefield in a range of employment relations matters for all of its businesses.

Squire Patton Boggs

A range of Australian, multinational, private and ASX-listed corporations from the retail, mining, oil and gas, entertainment and telecoms sectors turn to Squire Patton Boggs for advice on contentious and non-contentious employment matters. The Sydney office fields key practitioner Nicola Martin, who takes the lead on whistleblowing, modern slavery and sexual harassment cases, and Erin Kidd, who acts for employers before state and federal courts. Kim Hodge practices in Perth; his practice is focused on industrial relations strategy and enterprise agreement negotiations.

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Martin; Kim Hodge; Erin Kidd


‘Nicola Martin and Erin Kidd give very practical advice and are fully across the changing landscape of employment law in Australia.’

‘The Squires team are really easy to get along with and understand our industry very well.’

‘Nicola and Erin are my go-to lawyers for great labour law advice. They are responsive, give clear, detailed advice that provides me with a practical way forward, not just an analysis of the law. ’

‘Responsiveness, quality of advice, good value.’

Key clients

Aware Services

Metals Acquisition Corp


Live Nation

Hospitals Contribution Fund (HCF)

Northwest Pilots Pty Ltd a/t/f Port Hedland Pilots

BCI Minerals

Rio Tinto

Core Lithium

Prudential Group Investment Management (PGIM)

TATA Telecommunications

Allegis Group

Victaulic Australia

Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO)

Work highlights

Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors

With offices in Brisbane, Newcastle and Sydney, the ‘extremely talented’ team at Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors attracts an impressive clientele of corporate multinationals, financial institutions and insurers seeking aid on various employment matters. The practice is co-chaired by Nigel Ward, who has 35 years of experience in employee and industrial relations and regularly represents clients in court, Luis Izzo, a ‘superstar’ in the field and advisor to the public and private sector, and Kyle Scott, who expertly handles enterprise bargaining, post-employment restraints as well as employment litigation.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Ward; Luis Izzo; Kyle Scott


‘Deep technical expertise without pomposity. Genuine desire to meet clients’ needs and track record of doing so.’

‘Luis is a unicorn. Deeply knowledgeable, no ego. A genuine industrial relations expert amongst a raft of employment lawyers claiming to be. ’

‘Luis Izzo combines outstanding technical expertise with a pragmatism and commerciality borne from long experience and close collaboration with clients. A go-to advisor in the true sense.’

‘I use this firm for HR and industrial relations. The advice is succinct, informative, relative and practical. Billing is always clear and relatable to the work done. ’

‘The team is extremely talented – very much focused on providing efficient, effective and practical advice. ’

‘Luis Izzo is a superstar – great with clients.’

Key clients

Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry




Icon Water

Centennial Coal

College of Law

Busways Group


Boom Logistics

Pacific National

Sedgwick insurance

Calvary Care


Guide Dogs

Coca Cola Australia


YHA Australia



NH Foods

Newcastle University

Greater Bank

Catering Industries


St John’s Ambulance

Sash Vets

Coogee Bay Hotel/Cruise Bar

University of Queensland Sport

Multigate Medical Products Pty Ltd


Team Global Express


Sonoma Bakery

Australian Maritime and Safety Authority

Teachers Mutual Bank Limited

Kato Laboratories

CH4 Drilling

Wingecaribee Shire Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Busways on a matter regarding exemption from the annual wage review increases awarded by the Fair Work Commission in 2022 and 2023.
  • Represented Catering Industries, a contract caterer operating the majority of its services in aged care homes.
  • Representing over 30 employers in the childcare sector in Australia’s first multi bargaining process under the new IR reforms passed by the Federal Government.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird’s labour and employment team, located in Sydney, assists domestic and multinational clients with a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Its workload includes cases of workplace misconduct and spans from initial investigations through to employment litigation at the appellate level. Practice head Kristy Peacock-Smith specialises in matters relating to unfair dismissal, discrimination and breaches of contract, and is also called upon to deliver training programmes to businesses.

Practice head(s):

Kristy Peacock-Smith


‘Very responsive, available, prompt and practical. ’

‘Kristy Peacock-Smith is a fantastic lawyer, and I highly value our partnership. We have worked together for many years, and she is always available, takes a common sense approach, is direct and is transparent with respect to fees. ’

‘Kristy and the team have been very supportive over the last few years, guiding us through labour law issues with confidence. Kristy is also great with internal clients because she is engaging and pragmatic in her approach.’

‘Kristy has a level of experience which means that she gets to the heart of the issue quickly and assuredly. ’

Key clients

Quantcast Technologies Australia

Menlo Security Australia

BBC Studios

Medacta Australia


Oyster HR

Remote Technology Inc.


Work highlights

  • Defending proceedings brought in the Federal Circuit Court against Quantcast Australia by a former employee.
  • Advising TomTom on a global restructure programme.
  • Advising a client on an internal investigation after serious allegations of sexual harassment were made.

Clyde & Co LLP

Known for its integrated employment relations and workplace health and safety offering, Clyde & Co LLP offers its client base - comprised of domestic and multinational corporates - advice on the full spectrum of matters. The Sydney office fields practice head Michael Tooma and David Amentas, an employment litigator and trusted advisor to local councils. Kiri Jervis, also based in Sydney, assists in matters of discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying.

Practice head(s):

Michael Tooma

Other key lawyers:

David Amentas; Kiri Jervis

Work highlights

Colin Biggers & Paisley

Colin Biggers & Paisley offers clients from across the insurance, education, aged community care and construction sectors expertise in labour and employment matters. Megan Kavanagh leads the practice from Brisbane; she predominantly works with government agencies, advising them on matters of health and safety, misconduct, compliance, and assistance with crime and corruption investigations. Kristen Lopes provides support from Sydney, bringing her experience in matters of sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination.

Practice head(s):

Megan Kavanagh

Other key lawyers:

Kristen Lopes

Key clients

Procter and Gamble

St Vincent de Paul

Roses Only


Clarence Coal EU

Chandler Macleod

The University of Queensland

Archdiocese of Brisbane (including Brisbane Catholic Education, Xavier Childcare and Centacare)

Perilya Limited

St George Community Housing

Work highlights

  • Assisting not-for-profit St Vincent de Paul Australia in EBA negotiations.
  • Assisting a university to defend discrimination claims brought by three former academics.
  • Representing a large television network in Federal Court proceedings relating to a redundancy process for a senior employee.

EY Law

The group at EY Law has in-depth knowledge of employment law, and handles workplace investigations and risk management, as well as workplace health and safety matters. Leadership is shared between Melbourne-based partner Sarah Ralph, a trusted advisor to blue-chip companies seeking strategic employment and litigation advice, and Andrew Ball, who advises clients within the private and government sectors; both have significant experience working on discrimination and sexual harassment cases. John Le Feuvre is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Ralph; Andrew Ball

Other key lawyers:

John Le Feuvre


‘The team have a range of complementary skills and are adept at putting forward the best person for the issue at hand. The work is very thorough but with a practical and pragmatic focus.’

‘The individuals stay very close to the work and how it is progressing, and whether it is hitting the mark in terms of the business requirement.’

‘Andrew Ball is present and engaged.’

Key clients


CBRE Pty Limited

Shopper Media Group Holdings Pty Ltd

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Environment Protection Authority

SA Water


Honda Australia


Department of Defence

Department of Health and Ageing

Work highlights

  • Assisted Shopper Media Group Holdings with employment law and payroll due diligence services for the sale of its media solutions advertising business.
  • Assisted with assessing ABC’s compliance with its obligations under Commonwealth workplace laws in line with enforceable undertakings.
  • Advised CBRE on employment law and payroll due diligence.

Harmers Workplace Lawyers

Boutique employment firm Harmers Workplace Lawyers is praised by clients for its specialist knowledge in workplace relations’ along with its ‘absolute reliability’. Industry veteran Michael Harmer has worked in employment law for 40 years, over the course of which he has led on several major sexual harassment and discrimination cases, and accumulated extensive litigation experience, defending clients in federal and state tribunals. Jenny Inness handles a range industrial relations and workplace health and safety matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael Harmer

Other key lawyers:

Jenny Inness


‘Harmers are a highly specialised employment law firm.’

‘Specialist knowledge in workplace relations. Absolute reliability even when there is a big unexpected development and workload.’

‘Michael Harmer is a highly experienced principal who inspires confidence in his team and in clients. All others perform well with his guidance.’

Key clients



Ruby Developments | Living Gems | Gemlife

Findex Group

Professional Rugby League Match Officials Incorporated

Representative Action against The College of Emergency Medicine

Ernest Henry Mining

Pallion Group


FMCG Manufacturer

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of trainee emergency doctors in a race discrimination representative action in the Federal Circuit Court against the College of Emergency Medicine.
  • Advised an FMCG manufacturer in an enterprise bargaining process.
  • Acted for a leading Australian financial services organisation and its senior executives in four long-running and novel ACTSC proceedings.

Holding Redlich

Backed by a team of lawyers across Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Cairns, Holding Redlich leverages its national strength to aid its clients in a spread of workplace investigations and employment litigation. Charles Power oversees the practice from Melbourne; his expertise combines workplace relations and safety law, with a focus on investigations into sexual harassment and discrimination cases. Stephen Trew, in the Sydney office, has nearly 30 years of experience, managing unfair dismissals in particular. Both lawyers are highly experienced in representing clients in court proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Charles Power

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Trew; Michael Selinger; Megan Cant


‘Michael Selinger and Megan Cant apply the law practically and efficiently to solve our issues and achieve the best outcomes.’

‘The main differentiator is the high level of service levels and responsiveness.’

Key clients

Randstad Pty Limited

Moore Australia (NSW)

2XM Projects Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Randstad in a general protections claim involving allegations of discrimination on the grounds of a mental illness and termination of employment due to an employee’s complaints of bullying.
  • Acting for Moore Australia in Supreme Court proceedings concerning the expulsion of a partner.
  • Assisted 2XM Projects in a general protections claim alleging adverse action in the form of disciplinary action and termination of employment.


Kennedys is well versed in dealing with risk and compliance, unfair dismissal, workforce management, and health and safety matters, among others. Justin Le Blond, a first point of call for government agencies, large corporations and insurers, co-leads the group from Sydney alongside Melbourne-based partner Chris Molnar, an industry veteran and trusted advisor to ASX-listed companies and SMEs. Both practitioners have expertise handling workplace misconduct and health and safety prosecutions and investigations. Sydney-based partner Persephone Forster assists a host of executives, business partners and managers seeking strategic employment advice.

Practice head(s):

Justin Le Blond; Chris Molnar

Other key lawyers:

Persephone Forster


‘High level of service.’

‘They make complicated legal matters simple to understand.’

‘Always available and always keep the client well-informed.’

Key clients

Elanor Investors & Associated Entities

Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills (formerly)

Owners Corporation Strata Plan No. 3686

Lebanese Moslem Association

G H Varley




Atkins Projects & Infrastructure

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Elanor Investors and successfully obtained judgment in favour of the plaintiffs in Elanor Operations Pty Ltd v Chief Commissioner of State Revenue.
  • Acted on behalf of a teacher before the NSW Industrial Relations Commission overturning the decision to dismiss them and securing their reinstatement.
  • Acting for Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills in Federal Court proceedings commenced by an individual concerning alleged contravention of whistleblower regulations.