Understanding and managing people is one of the most pivotal, intricate and sensitive aspects of running a successful organisation. When done well, the rewards for employers, employees and other key stakeholders are tangible.
Our practice is a premium, full-service provider of workplace solutions encompassing advisory operations and dispute resolution. Our deep industry knowledge includes working with clients in banking and financial services, insurance, retail, manufacturing, health and pharmaceuticals, broadcasting, recruitment and consulting, professional services, and energy and resources.
Clients reach out to us for their most significant matters, including:
- Strategic human resources / industrial relations management
- High impact litigation
- Organisational restructures
- Workplace investigations
- Organisational and executive remuneration and benefits
- Senior executive succession planning
- Protection of intellectual property and confidential information
- Best practice regulatory compliance
- Transfer of business considerations
- International employment issues
- Managing injured and ill workers
- Independent contractors and outsourcing.
Our specialised workplace advisory lawyers have the experience and expertise to guide clients through the full spectrum of matters and provide practical solutions at each step.
Workplace advisory services
Strategic human resources support
We are highly regarded for our pragmatic and innovative human resources solutions. We work closely with our clients to customise solutions based on the on-the-ground environment, including the drafting and negotiation of employment contracts and arrangements, managing injured and ill employees, performance management and employee exits.
We also work with clients to prevent, investigate and effectively manage employee complaints, particularly in relation to unlawful discrimination and bullying and harassment.
Our advice in relation to worker engagement, including the utilisation of independent contractors and outsourcing arrangements, enables our clients to achieve flexible and efficient workforces which develop with (rather than adjunct to) their organisation.
Where disputes are unavoidable, we work closely with clients to seek fast, effective resolution of employment and industrial disputes through co-operation, not conflict.
Our team has considerable experience in sensitive and complex workplace litigation, appearing for clients in State and Federal courts and tribunals. We have acted in leading cases relating to the jurisdiction of the Fair Work Act, the enforcement of employment contracts, confidential information, restraint of trade and adverse action claims.
We advise and run high impact litigation in close partnership with our clients to deliver the best result every time.
Our workplace lawyers partner with the Firm’s commercial team to deliver comprehensive and big picture solutions to issues resulting from acquisitions, divestments and organisational restructures.
As well as assisting with the management of employment relations through periods of structural change and business realignment, we advise on due diligence issues, variation of employment contracts, redundancies, the transfer of superannuation and other benefits, and strategies to integrate the workforce.
Our team is particularly experienced in managing the renegotiation of employee agreements, wage claims and the transfer of obligations to new employers.
Our highly commercial practice makes us ideally placed to advise in relation to executive remuneration, incentive schemes (including nuanced employee share option plans) and the attraction and retention of key executives.
This work requires our team to delve deeply into our client’s organisations to ensure that the employment framework delivers high performing leaders, organisation stability and sets in motion strategic succession planning.
Industrial relations and collective bargaining
Our team works in co-ordination with clients to plan, negotiate and implement enterprise agreements, resolve industrial disputes and strategically managing industrial relations. This area of our practice is highly response and adaptable to both the bargaining environment and differing levels of client expertise and involvement. The team has substantial experience in negotiations between unions and employers and employer groups.
Human resources policies and structuring
Workplace policies and structuring provide a strong foundation by which an organisation can effectively guide and manage future, current and former employees. We support clients to tailor make, and implement, policies that are effective and relevant to their workforce.
Our team also offers customised training to clients’ in-house human resources teams and/or employee groups, and conducts audits to ensure compliance with relevant employment legislation.
Our workplace and tax specialists work seamlessly to provide solutions on a range of tax-related employment law issues, including employee share schemes, settlement issues, PAYG withholding obligations, salary packaging, fringe benefits tax, redundancy schemes and superannuation law.