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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

06 May 2020 - Knowledge

Cardinal Pell’s case – lessons for all

#Workplace Relations & Safety

George Pell’s acquittal offers a lesson for employers – early advice on how to respond or approach decision-making can improve fairness to the accused and reputational damage for employers.

10 September 2018 - Knowledge

Employee conduct outside of workplace increasingly a reason for termination

#Workplace Relations & Safety

It is increasingly common for remedies to be sought by employees who have lost their jobs due to their conduct utside of the workplace. A series of recent cases have highlighted the need for employers to proceed carefully when dealing with these situations. These cases also demonstrate that such conduct can, in many circumstances, be inconsistent with employment obligations.