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Expertise

John has extensive knowledge of employment and industrial relations law. He advises and represents employees and trade unions in a wide variety of matters, including:

  • contractual disputes
  • anti-discrimination law
  • unfair dismissal proceedings
  • restraints of trade
  • freedom of association
  • interpretation and enforcement of industrial instruments
  • employment aspects of the Australian Consumer Law
  • industrial disputes
  • trade union rule matters 
  • incorporated voluntary associations
  • proceedings before integrity bodies such as the Victorian Ombudsman and IBAC.

John provides pragmatic, commercial advice to his clients focusing on prompt and efficient resolution of their legal problems. His clients value his command of clear, effective language and his emphasis on practical outcomes.

Experience

John commenced his career as an industrial advocate for one of Australia’s largest trade unions. He worked for several years in private practice before joining Holding Redlich. John also served as an associate to the Honourable Justice Peter Gray of the Federal Court of Australia.

John's experience includes:

  • securing injunctions in the Federal Court of Australia ordering the reinstatement of dismissed employees
  • successfully acting for an employee accused of improperly taking confidential information from a previous employer in a proceeding before the Supreme Court of Victoria (Actrol Parts Pty Ltd v Coppi)
  • advising a large trade union on an application to vary its registered rules
  • acting for a trade union in a significant economic tort proceeding filed in the Federal Court of Australia
  • representing individuals required to appear before inquiries conducted by IBAC and the Victorian Ombudsman
  • advising and representing a number of incorporated associations in internal disputes
  • advising owner-driver transporting contractors concerning their rights under the Owner Drivers & Forestry Contractors Act 2005
  • advising clients in relation to reasonable notice, performance bonus and share option claims
  • pro-bono representation of a number of asylum seekers in applications before the High Court of Australia, including on appeal from the Supreme Court of Nauru.

Publications

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. We look at the key aspects of this case, the lessons for managers and how since this incident there has been a trend across the nation to introduce industrial manslaughter laws and a strengthened focus by the regulators.

22 May 2018 - Blog

Key changes to Victorian long service leave entitlements announced

#Workplace Relations & Safety

On 8 May 2018, the Victorian Parliament repealed the Long Service Leave Act 1992 (Vic) (Current Act) and passed the Long Service Act 2018 (Vic) (New Act). The New Act introduces key changes to Victorian employees’ long service leave entitlements including long-awaited reforms which are more favourable for parents.

15 May 2018 - Blog

What's News in Work Health & Safety? - 15 May 2018

#Workplace Relations & Safety

More than 750 chemicals have been added to the Hazardous Chemical Information System to update classification information available for manufacturers, importers, suppliers and end users. The update includes the addition of 755 chemicals and amendments to more than 600 currently listed chemicals