Ross Jackson > Maddocks > Melbourne, Australia > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Employment, Safety and People




Ross Jackson has more than 20 years’ experience in employment matters and has been a partner of the firm since 1989.

Ross acts for public and private sector organisations in all employment-related matters including strategic workplace relations and human resource management issues, terminations and anti-discrimination claims, occupational health and safety matters, and negotiation and drafting of individual and collective employment agreements.

Ross appears regularly as an advocate before the courts and federal and state employment and anti-discrimination Commissions and Tribunals. He is known for his particular expertise in public sector industry matters, and has successfully represented employers, including the State of Victoria, in each of these jurisdictions. Clients include major State and Commonwealth Government departments, statutory authorities and both public and private companies.


Member, Industrial Law Committee of Federal Litigation Section, Law Council of Australia

Board member, Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law, Melbourne University

Member, Australian Human Resources Institute, Industrial Relations Society of Victoria, Australian Labour Law Association, IPAA

Honorary Fellow, Australian Institute of Environmental Health


BA, LLB, University of Melbourne

Lawyer Rankings

Australia > Labour and employment

Jointly led by Sydney’s Bruce Heddle and Melbourne-based Lindy Richardson, the employment, safety and people practice at Maddocks advises national employers on enterprise bargaining and industrial relations, and has a particular expertise in the public sector. In parallel with its cross-border transactional support work, the team also handles enforcement matters, health and safety and sexual harassment claims. Ross Jackson represents public and private sector organisations in the full gamut of employment-related matters from Melbourne, while Maree Skinner and Vanessa Andersen are key names to note in the Sydney office.

Australia > Labour and employment: workplace health and safety (WHS)

Maddocks is a key name in the market for public sector clients, with the team’s roster including the Commonwealth, state and local governments and departments, NSW Police Force and Victoria State Emergency Service. The group is defending the Department of the Environment and Energy in a Work Health and Safety Act prosecution. Bruce Heddle and Catherine Dunlop jointly head up the department from Sydney and Melbourne respectively; Heddle also regularly handles industrial relations work and Dunlop ‘provides measured and practical direction to matters’. Ross Jackson is also a key name to note.