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.


The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020
Recommended – Labour and Employment
Best Lawyers in Australia – 2019, 2020 and 2021
Partner – Labour and Employment Law
Lawyers Weekly – Partner of the Year Awards – 2017 and 2019
Finalist, Workplace Relations Partner of the Year

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Commercial | 2 Jul 2020

Directors and officers don’t get bitten: amendments to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW) are making penalties bite

Under recent changes to the Work Health & Safety Act 2011 (NSW) (WHS Act), directors and officers cannot be insured or indemnified for penalties for WorkSafe breaches. Our Insurance and Corporate teams discuss the implications of these changes for directors and officers (and their companies), insurance providers and brokers.