Fay Calderone


Qualifications: BComm, LLB



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.

Fay has paved a path as a lawyer passionate about wellbeing and inclusion drawing on over 20 years of experience as an employment lawyer. She presents at conferences, publishes articles and provides media commentary with a progressive approach to workplace issues including encouraging employers to move “beyond compliance” to the creation of healthy, inclusive and respectful workplaces. In addition to her practice as a partner in the Sydney Employment & Workplace Relations team, Fay is the Chair of National Diversity Inclusion and Wellbeing Council at Hall & Wilcox.

Fay was named emerging leader of the year at the 2014 Women’s Agenda leadership awards and highly commended in the NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards as Lawyer of the Year in 2019. She is recognised for Labour & Employment Law – Sydney in The Best Lawyers and Doyle’s Guide and as a 5-star Employment Lawyer by HR Director Australia and as Elite Women by Australasian Lawyer. Fay was awarded Wellness Advocate of the Year (2021) and Employment Partner of the Year (2022) in the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards.

Awards and recognition

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020-2024
Recommended – Labour and Employment
Best Lawyers in Australia 2019-2025
Recognised – Labour & Employment Law
Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2021-2024
Recommended – Employment Lawyers (Employer Representation) – NSW
Australasian Lawyer’s Elite Women 2021 & 2023
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
Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards 2022
Winner – Employment Partner of the Year
Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards 2020
Finalist, Thought Leader 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 | 27 May 2024

What is the future for the use of restraints of trade for employees in Australia?

We look at the changes to restraints of trade for employees around the world and considers what’s next for Australia.