We have extensive expertise in industrial relations, including:

  • providing dispute prevention, management and resolution advice
  • enterprise bargaining and conducting negotiations with unions and other representative bodies
  • appearing in IR disputes and arbitrations before the Fair Work Commission
  • obtaining orders to stop or prevent unlawful industrial action
  • advising on large-scale industrial disputes
  • obtaining orders in relation to transferring industrial instruments and
  • advising in respect to Fair Work Ombudsman investigations and alleged sham contracts.
  • Advising clients in the higher education sector on strategies for resolving industrial disputes with the National Tertiary Education Union and the Australian Education Union, and on right of entry issues.
  • Advising one of Australia’s leading retail banks on negotiation strategy, preparation and implementation of their enterprise agreement, including active involvement in all negotiations with unions and bargaining representatives.
  • Acting for ASX-listed companies in the manufacturing and utility industries in the renegotiation of enterprise agreements, including obtaining an interlocutory injunction in relation to protected action damaging property.
  • Obtaining orders from the Fair Work Commission to prevent the transfer of an unwanted enterprise agreement in a ‘transfer of business’ scenario.
  • Providing strategic advice to a publicly listed company on the management of union right of entry disputes, and appearing on behalf of the client in the Fair Work Commission in relation to such disputes.
  • Advising on protected action ballots, workplace determinations, right of entry and various industrial issues involving multiple unions