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Erin Wilson

Erin Wilson

BA, LLB (Macquarie), MLLR (Sydney)

Special Counsel

Workplace Advisory

About Erin

Erin is a Special Counsel in Arnold Bloch Leibler's Workplace Advisory team, based in Sydney. She is a trusted adviser to clients in all workplace matters including in the areas of employment litigation, engagement and dismissal of employees, employment issues in corporate transactions, strategic industrial relations, human resource management and contract and policy documentation.

Erin joined Arnold Bloch Leibler in February 2019. She comes to the firm with extensive in-house and private practice experience. Prior to joining Arnold Bloch Leibler, she worked as a Senior Legal Counsel with Ernst & Young, and as a Senior Associate with Maddocks Lawyers. Erin's experience gives her a unique ability to understand the key drivers, strategy and objectives of her clients. She is known for providing practical and commercially astute advice to protect her clients’ interests.

Erin graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws. She also holds a Masters of Labour Law and Relations from the University of Sydney, where she finished first in her graduating year.

Practice focus

Erin’s practice focuses on the following areas:
  • strategic workplace planning and change management;
  • employment litigation and dispute resolution;
  • engagement and dismissal of employees, including anti-discrimination and equal opportunity considerations;
  • managing misconduct and underperforming employees and advice on improving workplace productivity and engagement;
  • terms and conditions of employment, including contracts of employment and the enforcement of post-employment restraints and the protection of confidential information and intellectual property;
  • executive employment, remuneration and incentives;
  • best practice management of workplace investigations and resolution of workplace complaints, including dealings with the Fair Work Ombudsman;
  • workplace policies, procedures and compliance;
  • employment aspects of commercial transactions.

Experience

Erin has acted for clients in a wide range of matters. Her experience includes acting for:

  • a multi-national IT company and its CEO: defended adverse action and breach of contract proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia brought by a former executive and in relation to claims of dismissal after making a complaint about his employment;
  • a professional services company: successfully recovered confidential information unlawfully removed by departing employees who had accepted employment with a direct competitor.  Obtained ex-parte court orders to compel the departing employees to deliver up personal computers and storage devices for forensic examination and obtained orders in respect of ongoing compliance with restraint of trade and confidentiality obligations;
  • a multi-national retailer: advised on a major workplace change management process involving confidential risk management assessment and the significant downsizing of Australian operations;
  • an e-commerce marketplace: defended proceedings in the Supreme Court of NSW in respect of a disputed post-employment restraint and successfully resisted the granting of interlocutory and final relief;
  • a major Australian university: defended proceedings commenced by an academic  in respect of allegations of misleading and deceptive conduct, breach of an enterprise agreement and common law breach of contract claims in the Federal Court of Australia, including achieving the discontinuance of the proceedings after the first day of hearing;
  • various clients in the professional and financial services industries: lead employment counsel on numerous local and cross-border corporate transactions, including strategic advice on the transfer of industrial instruments, offers of employment, redundancy entitlements, workplace change and consultation and conditions of employment following business integration;
  • a professional services client: advised on gig workers and contingent workforces, including recommending an appropriate contracting model to minimise risk of employment claims and regulator investigations and prosecutions;
  • a multi-national retailer: in relation to one of Australia's largest Fair Work Ombudsman investigations and prosecutions, including avoiding court orders by negotiating enforceable undertakings and managing adverse media coverage.