Evan Willis


Evan is a senior associate in our Workplace Relations & Safety Group, practising in all aspects of employment, industrial and safety law. He advises and represents public and private sector employers, executive level employees and registered organisations in a variety of litigious and non-litigious workplace matters.

Evan’s areas of expertise include:

  • preparing, advising on and enforcing employment contracts
  • interpreting industrial instruments, including awards and enterprise agreements
  • workplace bullying and discrimination matters
  • restraints of trade and protection of confidential information
  • work health and safety
  • termination of employment issues, including unfair dismissal, general protections and wrongful termination
  • industrial relations issues.


Evan’s experience includes:

  • advising and appearing in industrial relations proceedings in the Federal courts and the Supreme Court of Victoria
  • advising and appearing in unfair dismissals and general protections proceedings in the Fair Work Commission
  • assisting employers and executives to resolve restraint of trade and contractual disputes
  • advising and representing an executive in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal determining a review of a Fair Entitlements Guarantee scheme
  • advising on complex transfer of business and employee entitlement issues in large commercial transactions
  • resolving a complex dispute concerning allegations of employee fraud
  • advising both publicly listed and privately held companies in respect of investigations and subsequent litigation with the Fair Work Ombudsman
  • assisting one of Australia’s largest publicly listed companies with enterprise agreements in the Fair Work Commission
  • assisting a business and a registered organisation before the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption
  • acting for a large media outlet in a high profile wrongful termination case.


14 June 2017 - Blog

Labour hire licensing - coming soon

#Workplace Relations & Safety

Labour hire operators across Australia, and those who engage labour hire, should prepare to operate within labour hire licencing schemes. Following parliamentary inquiries in Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and the Federal Senate...

25 May 2018 - Blog

When one time is one time too many: Serious safety breaches and termination of employment

#Workplace Relations & Safety

For the third time this year, the Fair Work Commission has upheld an employer’s decision to dismiss an employee who was found to have breached a cardinal safety rule in the workplace. In each case, the breach of the relevant safety rule did not result in either incident or injury.

22 May 2018 - Blog

Reckless safety breaches under the spotlight

#Workplace Relations & Safety

Following a lengthy investigation after the death of a construction worker in 2016 at a Canberra hospital, a group of workers - including supervisors and safety officers - now face potential prison terms for serious safety breaches. The matter is shaping up as one of the most important cases under the harmonised safety laws since they were introduced in 2011.