Jan Dransfield Partner

Meet Jan

Jan is a leading employment lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of employment and workplace relations law as well as discrimination law, remuneration and benefits, and superannuation.

She advises clients across a broad range of industries, including transport, information technology, education, media, financial services, pharmaceuticals, and retail.

Leading corporates and multinationals go to Jan for advice on their most sensitive or complex matters, including major corporate reorganisations and restructures, senior executive appointments and separations, complex workplace investigations, and workforce transformation projects.

Jan has experience handling complex employment claims and disputes, including representing clients in significant litigation before courts, the Fair Work Commission and anti-discrimination tribunals. Jan has niche expertise in workplace training, including delivering presentations at board and senior management level.

Clients praise Jan for being a "very thorough and responsive lawyer, who gives concise briefings and appropriate advice",Chambers Asia-Pacific 2014.

Experience

General

Qantas Airways

Advising on employment aspects of organisational restructures, drafting template employment documents, defending claims brought before the Fair Work Commission, and proceedings before the Federal Court of Australia and State Supreme Courts.

Unilever and T2

Assisting Unilever on employment aspects of its successful acquisition of T2, a premium Australian tea business, including transfer of employees.

Global investment bank

Advising on corporate reorganisations and structures, representation in relation to claims and legal proceedings brought by former employees.

Confidential health services client

Conducting an investigation into allegations of bullying and advising on related disciplinary aspects and successfully resolving all claims.

conducting an investigation into allegations of bullying and advising on related disciplinary aspects and successfully resolving all claims.

Advising on enforcement of post-employment restraints and non-solicitation obligations, acting in relation to injunction proceedings and successfully negotiating undertakings.

Recognition

Ranked as a leading Employment lawyer.
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2019
Named ‘Sydney Employee Benefits Lawyer of the Year' (as judged by her peers)
Best Lawyers Australia, 2013
Ranked as a leading Employment lawyer
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018
Recognised as a leading lawyer in Labour and Employment Law
Best Lawyers Australia, 2013 - 2020
Clients highlight department head Jan Dransfield for being a "very thorough and responsive lawyer, who gives concise briefings and appropriate advice."
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2014
Practice head Jan Dransfield "always has the ability to get the right result"
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2014
Ranked as a leading Employment lawyer.
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2019
Listed as a leading lawyer in Occupational Health & Safety Law
Best Lawyers Australia, 2020
Listed as a leading lawyer in Employee Benefits Law
Best Lawyers Australia 2010 - 2020

Career & qualifications

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (Industrial Relations)/Bachelor of Laws, University of NSW

Memberships

  • NSW EEO Practitioners Association (NEEOPA)
  • Australian Labour Lawyers Association (ALLA)
  • Women Lawyers Association of NSW

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News

Presentations

  • "Embracing Gender Equity & Diversity” IES Conference on New IR Laws for HR Managers (1 August 2014)
  • Flexibility in the Workplace, IES Conference on New IR Law for HR Managers (25 March 2013)