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Andrew Knott

LLB, BA

Special Counsel - Brisbane

Areas of Expertise

Workplace Relations & Safety

Expertise

Andrew has more than 40 years’ experience in employment and industrial relations matters. He focuses on contractual, industrial, professional conduct, occupational discipline, equal opportunity issues and public sector employment.

Andrew’s principal clients are in the education sector, namely the Queensland Teachers’ Union and the Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland/Northern Territory Branch. He also advises and represents both employers and employees in commercial, non-profit and government organisations, and regularly advises clients in the not-for-profit sector (especially unions and community sector bodies) on governance, employment and related matters. 

Experience

Andrew’s key experience includes:

Employment and Industrial Relations

Preventing and resolving disputes, and representation of clients, in a range of State and Federal courts and industrial commission and tribunals, on matters including:

•  public sector employment issues

•  contractual claims

•  interpretation of industrial instruments

•  professional misconduct and dismissal issues 

•  discrimination and harassment complaints.

Occupational Discipline

  • advice and representation of professional employees in Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and predecessor bodies, and in employer discipline matters.

Union and Not-for-Profit Governance

  • advice and representation of registered unions in compliance and governance matters
  • advice and representation of not-for-profits (especially community sector organisations) in governance and employment issues.

Teacher and Education Unions

  • advice and representation of teachers and education workers, and their unions, on employment, industrial, school management, legal obligations, discipline, registration, community relations and student protection matters.

Publications

26 April 2022 - Knowledge

The importance of giving employees an opportunity to respond before termination

#Workplace Relations & Safety

A recent Fair Work Commission decision highlights the importance of providing employees with a reasonable opportunity to respond, even where there are valid reasons for termination.

29 September 2021 - Knowledge

‘Contractor’ deemed an employee for superannuation, Tribunal rules

#Workplace Relations for Employees

The Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal has recently held that a ‘contract’ music teacher was in fact an employee. Therefore, his employer should pay superannuation.

16 December 2020 - Knowledge

Workplace investigations require thorough examination and care

#Workplace Relations & Safety

A recent case demonstrates the need for employers to be thorough when investigating employee misconduct or else they could risk facing litigation expense and reputational damage.

Upcoming Seminars