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James Stedman

Senior Associate - Melbourne

Areas of Expertise

Workplace Relations for Employees

Expertise

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.

Experience

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.

Publications

19 January 2022 - Knowledge

Fair Work Commission upholds dismissal of unvaccinated worker

#Workplace Relations for Employees, #COVID-19

The Fair Work Commission has confirmed that an employee’s dismissal for refusing to comply with a Victorian COVID-19 vaccination mandate was not unfair.

05 May 2021 - Knowledge

Employee sharing investigation details with their partner not a valid reason for dismissal

#Workplace Relations for Employees

The Fair Work Commission has ruled that an employee who disclosed details of a workplace investigation to their partner was unfairly dismissed because a direction to confide only in their lawyer was unreasonable.

23 March 2021 - Knowledge

Employer appeals $5.2 million general protections ruling

#Workplace Relations for Employees

An appeal of the Federal Court’s landmark decision to award $5.2 million to a dismissed senior executive will be heard by the Full Court in June.

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