Fay Calderone


Qualifications: BComm, LLB



Fay has acted for employers for the last 20 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.

As a specialist on all matters touching the workplace, Fay provides practical advice and guidance on proactive compliance, change management and restructuring, discrimination, bullying, harassment, misconduct investigations, performance management, enterprise agreements, and industrial disputes. In circumstances where disputes cannot be resolved, Fay represents 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 has been recognised for Labour & Employment Law in The Best Lawyers in Australia every year since 2019.

Awards and recognition

Australasian Lawyer’s Elite Women 2021
Top 50 Leading Women in Law
Human Resources Director 5-Star Employment Lawyers 2021
5-Star Employment Lawyer
Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards 2021
Wellness Advocate of the Year
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020-2022
Recommended – Labour and Employment
Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards 2020
Finalist, Thought Leader of the Year
Best Lawyers in Australia 2019-2023
Recognised – Labour & Employment Law
Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2021 & 2022
Recommended – Leading Employment Lawyers (Employer Representation) – NSW
Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards 2022
Winner – Employment Partner of the Year
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 | 6 Jul 2022

Employment Extra – Issue One

In our first edition of Employment Extra, we examine the increases to the minimum wage and superannuation contribution rate, and more.