Charles draws on over 20 years of skills, expertise and experience in workplace relations and safety law. In addition to legal practice, Charles has served as an associate to a senior deputy president of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission. In 1995 and 1996 Charles served as a Canberra-based adviser to a federal government minister.

Charles was accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria in 2006 as a workplace relations specialist. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Employment Law Practical Handbook, with over 4,000 subscribers nationally.

Charles has been recognised by Best Lawyers as a leading practitioner in Labour and Employment Law since 2013.

Charles gives legal advice and representation to organisations and individuals in all areas of the discipline, including: 

  • minimising legal risks associated with recruitment, including advice and drafting documents to address legal exposure to trade practices, discrimination and privacy laws, in advertising for, and interviewing and selecting candidates 
  • negotiating, drafting, implementing and enforcing employment contracts, human resources policies and procedures and enterprise agreements 
  • protecting intellectual property, confidential information and goodwill through drafting and implementing appropriate contractual provisions, and enforcing them where necessary 
  • managing and regulating employee behaviours in a legally effective manner through development and implementation of appropriate human resources policies, procedures and guidelines; disciplinary and performance management actions 
  • minimising legal exposure in workplace change, including compliance with consultation and dispute resolution requirements, redundancy, retrenchment and redeployment, and transfer of business and outsourcing/insourcing 
  • dealing with requirements of law and best practice in managing the interaction between work on the one hand and family and disability on the other 
  • wrongful and unfair dismissal, general protections, sexual harassment and discrimination complaints 
  • compliance with industrial and workplace health and safety laws and represents them in investigations and prosecutions undertaken by the regulators 
  • enterprise bargaining, good faith requirements, capacity for tribunal intervention, protected (and unprotected) industrial action, making and implementing agreements.


Charles and his team provide all the legal services required by Scentre in the area of workplace relations and safety. This includes representation of the company in OHS matters and negotiation of enterprise agreements

In addition, Charles and his team deliver all the employment law services for many notable Australian organisations including RMIT Training, carsales, Ansell, PZ Cussons, Clemenger, Bluescope and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Charles also represents a range of employers in the industry superannuation sector including MTAA Super, ISPT, LUCRF, Industry Superannuation Australia, IFM, Maritime Super, Industry Fund Services and Cbus Property.


30 April 2018 - Blog

Expressing leave entitlements in terms of hours may contravene the Fair Work Act

#Workplace Relations & Safety

If you express a personal / carer’s leave entitlement in an enterprise agreement in terms of 76 or 80 hours you will be undercutting the National Employment Standards in the case of 12 hour shift workers.

12 February 2018 - Blog

Sloppy record-keeping compounds the legal exposure in underpayment cases

#Workplace Relations & Safety

Employers who fail to comply with statutory requirements to keep time and wages records will be slapped with higher penalties if prosecuted for underpayment. This is just one of many reasons why every employer should conduct regular audits of its human resources arrangements to ensure legal compliance.

16 October 2017 - Blog

When is work experience employment?

#Workplace Relations & Safety

A person may undertake a work experience arrangement to give them training, skills and/or experience in a job or industry to assist him/her to obtain work. This person cannot access the rights and ent...