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

"Great business knowledge and a deep understanding of employment law."
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018
Jan Dransfield, Ruveni Kelleher and Louise Russell are ranked as leading lawyers in Employment law.
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2018
Ruveni Kelleher, Luci Mummé and Louise Russell are recommended in Employment Law.
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018
Jan Dransfield, Ruveni Kelleher and Louise Russell are listed as leading lawyers in Labour & Employment Law.
Best Lawyers Australia, 2019
Louise Russell is listed as a leading lawyer in Occupational Health & Safety Law.
Best Lawyers Australia, 2019
Jan Dransfield is listed as a leading lawyer in Employee Benefits Law.
Best Lawyers Australia, 2019
"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."
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2018
"Excellent, efficient and good value for money."
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2018
Jan Dransfield "is an excellent litigator and handles complex litigious matters calmly and strategically".
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2018
Ruveni Kelleher has a "very impressive, professional and pragmatic approach, which is right for my business".
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2018
Louise Russell has "great industry knowledge and excellent judgement".
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018
"They have come to understand us as a company and understand our sector and business."
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2017

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