Fay Calderone


Qualifications: BComm, LLB



Fay has acted for employers for over 18 years across a range of industries including professional services, manufacturing, sport, health, aged care, community services and local councils focused always on the purpose and imperatives of the organisations she is servicing.

Fay advises organisational leaders and boards on all matters touching the workplace including discrimination, bullying, harassment, misconduct investigations, performance management, enterprise agreement and industrial disputes. She has extensive experience advising clients on legal issues affecting the workplace including advice to leaders and Boards on compliance with workplace laws, change management, business protection strategies and underlying cultural issues manifesting in workplace complaints. In circumstances where disputes cannot be resolved, representing employers in proceedings before Industrial tribunals including unfair dismissals, adverse action claims and restraint matters in State and Federal Courts.

Fay is a recognised expert and go-to person on employment issues regularly speaking at high profile events and industry conference. Fay is sought for quotes on workplace issues by the AFR and other media publications; writes and comments on current employment trends and issues, frequently featuring on industry blogs including for the Australian Human Resource Institute, HR Daily, Women's Agenda and the Mandarin and has appeared on the Seven Network’s Weekend Sunrise to discuss mental health in the workplace.

Fay is committed to creating diverse and inclusive workplaces as a member of Hall & Wilcox’s D&I Committee, Flexible Work Day Ambassador and mentor to young lawyers and emerging leaders.

Fay received a high commendation in the NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards as Private Practice Lawyer of the Year 2019 and was recognised for Labour & Employment Law – Sydney in The Best Lawyers in Australia 2019 and 2020 edition. She has also been a finalist for the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year in Workplace Relations for 2017 and 2019.

Awards and recognition

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020
Recommended – Labour and Employment
Best Lawyers in Australia 2019-2021
Partner – Labour and Employment Law
Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards 2017 and 2019
Finalist – Workplace Relations Partner of the Year
NSW Women Lawyer’s Association Awards 2019
Highly Commended Women Lawyer of the Year
AGS (Australian Government Solicitor) Australian Women Lawyers Award 2018
Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards 2014
Winner – Emerging Leader in Private Sector

Latest thinking

Employment & Workplace Relations | 1 Oct 2020

Former CFO awarded $1.1 million in damages based on unsigned employment contract

The NSW Supreme Court has awarded $1.1 million in damages to a former CFO. The Court found the absence of a signed employment contract did not affect the assessment of the employee's entitlement to reasonable notice and incentive scheme benefits.