JWS Consulting is a division of Johnson Winter & Slattery providing commercial consulting services.
We are engaged by major Australian and international corporations as legal counsel on their business activities, disputes and most challenging matters.
Established in 1993 by Tony Johnson, Nigel Winter and Peter Slattery as a boutique corporate firm, JWS grew rapidly to become a leading independent Australian firm.
The quality of our legal advice and service to clients is recognised through independent industry recognition and direct client feedback.
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JWS supports a number of community initiatives and not for profit organisations across Australia through pro bono legal work and charitable donations.
Our team advises on the challenges posed by a constantly changing regulatory environment, which can have major effects on your organisation’s performance and reputation. We're experts when it comes to managing significant legal issues arising from employment relationships.
We have a go-to employment practice for sensitive, high profile and/or complex claims and disputes, including defending significant claims brought by senior executives. We also have extensive experience advising on strategic industrial relations and workforce planning, and providing advice on all aspects of employment relationships from start to finish.
Great industry knowledge, business acumen and responsiveness.
We regularly advise and represent multinationals and ASX listed corporations at a federal level, and across all states and territories. Our employment lawyers have extensive experience advising employers across a range of sectors on all aspects of:
We regularly act in proceedings involving post-employment restraints, industrial disputes, breaches of confidentiality obligations, and claims of adverse action, unfair dismissal, discrimination, harassment and bullying. We also regularly appear before federal and state Courts, tribunals and the Fair Work Commission.
Successful representation in relation to claims of alleged discrimination and unfair dismissal.
Advising on employment issues arising from the merger of APN Outdoor with JC Decaux.
Advising a number of clients in relation to proposed employment class action proceedings regarding alleged sham contracting and underpayments of employees.
Assisting with major corporate restructuring including advising in respect of introduction of change and dispute processes in various enterprise agreements, managing union claims in respect of employee entitlements and advising in respect of transfer of business issues.
Acted in the proceedings commenced by Michelle Guthrie in the Federal Court against the Australian Broadcasting Corporation regarding the termination of her employment and in relation to various Parliamentary Inquiries regarding the matter. The matter was successfully resolved.
Representing the Qantas Group in successful Full Court appeal proceedings and in other claims before the Supreme Court of Victoria.
Advising on executive separations and claims, including representation in proceedings.
Advising on a suite of employment agreements applicable across various classifications.
Advising a major retailer on a payroll audit across its operations which included advising on award and enterprise agreement interpretation issues, internal and external communications plans and managing regulator enquiries.
Acted in the proceedings commenced by Seven Network in the New South Wales Supreme Court and the Federal Court, against a senior sales executive to enforce her post-employment non-compete obligations, delaying her commencing a sales role at Network Ten. The matter was successfully resolved.
Advising on operations in respect of various supervisors and operators & trades enterprise bargaining processes. This included advising and appearing in the FWC in respect of the protected action ballots, providing strategic advice in respect of the bargaining process and relevant FWC applications and managing industrial action including lock outs.
Acting for one of Australia’s largest enterprise software companies, in discrimination and harassment and general protections proceedings initially commenced in the Australian Human Rights Commission and which are now being heard in the Federal Circuit Court.
Advised on a large scale restructure following Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo’s operating business globally, merging Yahoo with AOL and the creation of Oath. The matter involved advising on the redundancies of a significant proportion of its workforce in Australia, including within its senior executive leadership team.
They are approachable, easy to work with and can condense the complex issues into easy-to-understand concepts.
Recommended as a Leading Employment Law Firm (Employer Representation)
They're knowledgeable on employment law, always prompt and they give us additional advice. It's more like a partnership than working with another organisation.
Jan Dransfield, Ruveni Kelleher and Louise Russell are listed as leading lawyers in Labour & Employment Law.
Louise Russell is listed as a leading lawyer in Occupational Health & Safety Law.
Jan Dransfield is listed as a leading lawyer in Employee Benefits Law.
"Great business knowledge and a deep understanding of employment law."
Jan Dransfield, Ruveni Kelleher and Louise Russell are ranked as leading lawyers in Employment law.
Ruveni Kelleher, Luci Mummé and Louise Russell are recommended in Employment Law.
"Johnson Winter & Slattery is an excellent law firm. The lawyers are always accessible and provide timely, strategic advice. In litigation matters, they have the right mix of lawyers to do different levels of work required."
"Excellent, efficient and good value for money."
Jan Dransfield "is an excellent litigator and handles complex litigious matters calmly and strategically".
Ruveni Kelleher has a "very impressive, professional and pragmatic approach, which is right for my business".
Louise Russell has "great industry knowledge and excellent judgement".
"They have come to understand us as a company and understand our sector and business."
These new legislative regimes in Australia have been largely inspired by existing modern slavery and transparency legislation in the UK and the USA.
With significant regulatory change coming into effect the spotlight is staying firmly on
culture, ethics and regulatory compliance. An organisation’s social licence to operate
remains a priority...
As we approach 1 July, it is important to assess changes in the employment landscape for the next financial year.