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        Employment & Industrial Relations

        DWF (Australia)’s specialist Employment and Industrial Relations team of highly skilled lawyers has significant experience assisting executives and management across diverse industry sectors to manage and resolve a broad range of employment issues.

        Our Employment and Industrial Relations team acts for government and corporate entities, including employers of all sizes from SME’s and NFP’s through to multinational companies. We assist our clients to resolve a wide range of issues, including: 

        • Effecting change in workplaces through mergers, acquisitions, restructures and termination of employment; 
        • Implementing enterprise agreements, employment contracts and consultancy contracts;
        • Putting in place alternative sources of labour such as contracting, labour hire and casual employment;
        • Drafting bonus and incentive schemes;
        • Advising on employee entitlements;
        • Interpretation of industrial instruments;
        • Advising on misconduct and performance management;
        • Advising on post-employment obligations, such as restraint of trade and confidentiality;
        • Managing ill and injured employees;
        • Responding to requests for flexible work arrangements;
        • Defending employment litigation in the Fair Work Commission including unfair dismissal applications, general protection claims and applications regarding industrial instruments;
        • Defending discrimination applications in Commissions and Tribunals;
        • Conducting employment litigation including breach of contract actions, claims for employee entitlements and interlocutory injunctions to enforce restraint of trade clauses; and
        • Responding to and taking industrial action. 

        Matthew Smith

        • Partner // Head of Employment, Safety & Regulatory (Australia)