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Stephen Woodbury

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Stephen Woodbury is a partner in our employment practice

Stephen is the global practice head of the Ashurst employment group. He provides advice to clients in employment, industrial relations, EEO and anti-discrimination law.

Stephen has over 25 years' experience in assisting clients in managing executive employment issues (including post-employment restraint matters), corporate restructuring and outsourcing programmes.

He advises clients in all aspects of enterprise bargaining and provides representation and support in industrial disputes and in the management of employee grievances and disciplinary issues. He is also experienced in conducting litigation involving breach of contract and independent contractor claims and adverse action, unfair and unlawful dismissal claims.

Stephen works with a range of blue chip corporate clients in industries including financial services, insurance, transport, resources, food, manufacturing and IT and telecommunications.

He provides strategic employment advice in connection with corporate transactions, outsourcings, privatisations and mergers and acquisitions, including transactions involving multiple jurisdictions and clients based overseas.

Stephen also appears as an advocate in industrial tribunals and courts and speaks regularly at seminars and conference on topics related to employment law.


Labour and employment

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Stephen Woodbury - Ashurst

Within: Labour and employment

A 'leader in the field', Ashurst has 'outstanding capabilities in labour and employment, particularly in the public sector'; it counts the Commonwealth government, the NSW government and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as clients. The practice covers the full gamut of employment issues including industrial relations issues, employment litigation and remuneration mandates. Stephen Woodbury leads the group globally; he recently advised a client on its bargaining for a new enterprise agreement and management of a protected industrial action. Other highlights include James Hall representing a variety of companies including Anglo American and Wesfarmers in an inquest by the Queensland parliament into incidences of coal worker pneumoconiosis, Woodbury advising FedEx and TNT on an enterprise agreement and the combination of the two companies' Australia operations, and Jennie Mansfield assisting the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) with various issues including the transfer of employees following its acquisition of eChoice. Clients also praise the 'highly responsive and practical' Ian Humphreys, the 'outstandingly technical' Jon Lovell, 'analytical lawyer' Paul Vane-Tempest and the 'brilliant' Robert Lilburne. Kathy Srdanovic made partner, Stephen Nettleton is now a consultant and counsel Julia Sutherland is also recommended. Steven Amendola joined K&L Gates.

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