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, charitable donations and sponsorships.
In 2018, we celebrated 25 years of long-lasting relationships with our valued clients.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Representing Qantas and group companies in proceedings brought by former employees before the Federal Court of Australia and State Supreme Courts.
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.
Assisting Unilever on employment aspects of its successful acquisition of T2, a premium Australian tea business, including the transfer of employees.
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.
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.
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."
Employers engaged in contracting sectors – such as providing outsourced services to third parties under contracts for specified periods (e.g. catering, cleaning or maintenance contracts) – cannot...
Class actions are set to become a prominent feature of the Australian employment law landscape.
Employers can no longer assume that casual employees are not entitled to paid annual leave.