Employment & Safety

In today's highly competitive business environment, the successful management of employment and safety has a significant impact on an organisation's reputation and performance.

Businesses need to ensure they are mitigating the risk of bullying and sexual harassment in the workplace and mental health issues encountered by staff, adhering to modern slavery laws, the regulation of on-demand workforces and the gig economy, as well as challenges to casual worker arrangements, to name just a few.

How can we help?

We work closely with our clients to manage workplace risks, protect corporate reputation and promote our clients as employers of choice.

Working with us will give your business the benefit of a team that prides itself on building long-lasting relationships with clients rather than one-off matters. We seek to invest in getting to know our clients’ businesses and working with them to find better ways to manage their employment and safety challenges.

We promote our clients as employers of choice

By putting systems and processes in place to avoid reputationally-damaging investigations and legal disputes.

Working alongside our clients to achieve the best outcome

We understand that managing legal risk is only one of the factors that impacts commercial decision-making. Accordingly, we place great importance on getting to know our clients' specific needs and risk appetite.

Acting decisively and immediately when faced with a major incident or claim

We base our recommendations on what's most important to you, ensuring we minimise reputational and legal risk.

Experience

Australia Post

Defended proceedings initiated in the Federal Court by a former employee against Australia Post, a former senior figure and former Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU) representative.

Super Retail Group

Advised in relation to the underpayment of employees in its store management operations and store set up operations across its retail brands.

Investa

Advised in relation to a serious WHS incident in which two contractors sustained significant injuries from a fall following the collapse of their building maintenance unit in the Sydney CBD.

Rio Tinto

Defended proceedings initiated in the Federal Court by a former employee who alleged Rio Tinto breached his employment contract, treated him adversely because of complaints he made about his employment and made misleading misrepresentations to him during his employment.

NSW Treasury

Advised on the sale of the NSW Government’s Poles and Wires network, including industrial relations issues.

BlueScope Steel

Defended proceedings initiated in the Federal Court by a former employee against BlueScope Steel and five senior employees.

AstraZeneca

Advised on a long-running dispute with one of Australia's largest trade unions regarding employee leave entitlements.

Bank of Queensland

Assisted with, and advised on, a NSW restraint of trade dispute with former employees and their new business.

Newcrest Mining

Defended proceedings initiated in the Supreme Court by a former employee against Newcrest regarding breach of employment contract.

Westpac Banking Corporation

Advised on a class action in the NSW Supreme Court in connection with a retention incentive offered at the time of the merger between Westpac and St. George Bank.