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Damien Payard


Senior Associate - Brisbane

Areas of Expertise

Workplace Relations & Safety


Damien is a Senior Associate in our Workplace Relations & Safety group.  He has experience in employment and industrial relations law, workplace health and safety, anti-discrimination, defamation and general litigation.  He has acted for private and public clients in various industries across federal and state jurisdictions and has advocacy experience in the Federal Circuit Court and Fair Work Commission.


Damien’s experience includes:

  • acting for regulatory bodies in workplace health and safety litigation in the Industrial Magistrates Court of Queensland and in employment litigation in the Full Court of the Federal Court, Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court
  • acting for an employer in proceedings regarding breaches of employment contract and defamation
  • acting for employers and employees in unfair dismissal and general protection proceedings in the Fair Work Commission
  • undertaking workplace investigations into allegations of inappropriate workplace conduct and behaviour
  • advising employers on a range of workplace matters including obligations arising from the Fair Work Act 2009 and other industrial relations and anti-discrimination legislation
  • advising employers on workplace health and safety policies and practices. 


15 September 2020 - Knowledge

Queensland criminalises wage theft

#Workplace Relations & Safety

Queensland employers who deliberately underpay workers could be jailed for up to 10 years or face unlimited fines under new Queensland laws, which passed with bi-partisan support.

25 January 2019 - Knowledge

A lack of capacity to work can be a manifestation of a mental disability

#Workplace Relations & Safety

Employers who are concerned about an employee’s capacity to work need to take care when taking management action against them if they are suffering from an illness or disability.