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James Stedman


James is a Senior Associate in the Employment and Industrial Relations group in Melbourne with broad experience in all aspects of employment law. 

James’ expertise includes contractual disputes, disciplinary and termination matters including unfair dismissals, discrimination and general protection disputes. 

With his comprehensive employment law background, James has experience acting for employees, independent contractors, senior executives, trade unions and not-for-profits.


James' experience includes:

  • appearing and instructing in the Fair Work Commission, Federal Court of Australia, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Victoria
  • conducting litigation in respect of unfair dismissals, general protection disputes, discrimination complaints and claims for breaches of contract or the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth)
  • providing regular advice on the interpretation and application of enterprise agreements, Awards and legislation
  • assisting a client to secure more than $1 million in commission entitlements under their executive contract whilst maintaining their ongoing employment
  • negotiating favourable exit packages for individuals that wish to end their employment
  • negotiating and managing complex employment moves involving restraints of trade and the protection of confidential information.

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