Employment

Overview

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.
Asia Pacific Legal 500

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:

  • employment law
  • workplace relations
  • discrimination law
  • employment claims, disputes and grievances
  • workplace investigations
  • industrial relations and collective bargaining
  • executive remuneration and benefits
  • incentives
  • corporate reorganisations and acquisitions
  • outsourcing, secondments and employee transfers
  • work health and safety.

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.

Experience

Recent deals

Seven Network

Successfully defending the high profile urgent interlocutory injunction proceedings commenced by the Ten Network against John Stephens and the Seven Network. Ten sought to prevent Mr Stephens working for Seven after he signed a two year contract with Ten Network and then decided to remain employed by Seven.

Yahoo!7

Achieving a successful outcome for Yahoo!7 and its CEO, Edward Harrison, in urgent injunction proceedings brought by Fairfax Media to enforce a 6 month post-employment restraint under his contract with Fairfax.

BNP Paribas

Advising on a complex industrial relations strategy to terminate a long standing certified agreement and representation before the Fair Work Commission in its successful application to have the certified agreement terminated.

Qantas Airways

Representing Qantas and group companies in proceedings brought by former employees before the Federal Court of Australia and State Supreme Courts.

Major University

Acting in proceedings commenced in the Federal Court of Australia involving allegations of breach of the general protections provisions of the Fair Work Act by a senior academic who claims his employment was terminated because of his political views.

Unilever and T2

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

National road transport provider

Representing a major national road transport provider in proceedings involving the Transport Workers Union of Australia and major oil and gas road transport providers, suppliers, and supermarket chains, before the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, about health and safety of oil and gas transport drivers.

Global investment bank

Representing a global investment bank in Federal Court proceedings brought by a former executive involving allegations of adverse action and breach of general protections provisions.

Recognition

Ruveni Kelleher, Luci Mummé and Louise Russell are named as leading lawyers in Employment Law.
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018
Louise Russell is named as a leading lawyer in Occupational Health & Safety Law.
Best Lawyers Australia, 2018
Jan Dransfield, Ruveni Kelleher and Louise Russell are named as leading lawyers in Labour & Employment Law.
Best Lawyers Australia, 2018
Jan Dransfield is named as a leading lawyer in Employee Benefits Law.
Best Lawyers Australia, 2018
Clients praise Jan Dransfield for her accessibility and "no-nonsense, pragmatic approach."
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
Jan Dransfield and Ruveni Kelleher are ranked as leading Employment lawyers.
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
Sources recognise Ruveni Kelleher's high level of recognition in this space and popularity with clients, with one of the latter saying she is "very responsive and a great strategic litigator."
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
Johnson Winter & Slattery draws on its "great depth of knowledge" to deliver "prompt service with a commercial outlook".
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2014
Ruveni Kelleher "has initiative and a creative approach" and Jan Dransfield "always has the ability to get the right result".
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2014
Jan Dransfield is recognised as a leading lawyer in Employee Benefits Law and Labour and Employment Law.
Best Lawyers Australia, 2014
Ruveni Kelleher is recognised as a leading lawyer in Employment Law.
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2014
Energy Law "Law Firm of the Year" in Australia
Best Lawyers® 2018
Michael Dulaney, Martin Kudnig, Amanda Seaton and Jee-Seon Lee are listed as leading lawyers in Energy Law.
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018
Paul Vinci, Justin Harris, John Keeves, Jee-Seon Lee and James Marshall are listed as leading lawyers in Natural Resources Law.
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018
Johnson Winter & Slattery was named the Best Lawyers® 2016 Oil & Gas Law "Law Firm of the Year" in Australia.
Best Lawyers®
"Johnson Winter & Slattery's level of service and knowledge of this specific area of the law is one of the best I have seen. And they are all about supplying support to the customer."
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
Peter Rose is a widely respected oil and gas specialist with valuable experience as an adviser on both state and Commonwealth legislation. Interviewees express "absolute confidence in relying on his expertise," with one saying he is "experienced and knowledgeable, and never afraid to speak up about items we may have missed."
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
James Marshall is recognised as a "highly experienced and commercial" practitioner.
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
Michael Dulaney specialises in oil and gas matters with a particular expertise in LNG projects and was referred to by one source as "a fountain of knowledge."
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2014
Anthony Groom is praised by clients for his commitment and client service.
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2014
Michael Dulaney is recommended for his ‘strong oil and gas expertise’.
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2015
Jee-Seon Lee is recognised as an ‘electricity and gas expert with deep market knowledge’.
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2015
Johnson Winter & Slattery has ‘great industry knowledge, business acumen and responsiveness’
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2015
The 'practical' James Marshall is noted and Peter Smith is recommended in the category of Energy, Resources and Infrastructure.
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2014
James Marshall, Paul Jardine, Martin Kudnig, Peter Rose, Michael Dulaney, Jee-Seon Lee, Peter Smith and Peter Slattery are named as leading lawyers in Oil & Gas Law.
Best Lawyers Australia, 2018
James Marshall, Paul Jardine, Martin Kudnig, Michael Dulaney, Rick Malone, Peter Smith and Peter Slattery are named as leading lawyers in Natural Resources Law
Best Lawyers Australia, 2018
James Marshall, Martin Kudnig, Rick Malone and Peter Smith are named as leading lawyers in Mining Law.
Best Lawyers Australia, 2018
Amanda Seaton is named as a leading lawyer in Climate Change Law.
st Lawyers Australia, 2018
Anthony Groom, Amanda Seaton, Paul Turner, Paul Kasmer, Martin Kudnig, Rohan Madders, Peter Rose, Michael Dulaney, Jee-Seon Lee and Peter Smith are named as leading lawyers in Energy Law.
Best Lawyers Australia, 2018
Peter Rose is ranked as a Band 1 lawyer in Energy & Natural Resources (Oil & Gas) Law.
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
Anthony Groom, Michael Dulaney and James Marshall are recognised as leading lawyers in Energy, Resources & Infrastructure (Oil & Gas) Law.
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
Rick Malone, Michael Dulaney and Peter Rose are recognised as leading lawyers in Energy, Resources & Infrastructure Law.
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2015

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