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Ben McKinley

Special Counsel - Melbourne

Areas of Expertise

Workplace Relations & Safety


Ben is a special counsel in the Melbourne Workplace Relations and Safety team.

Ben’s ability to build strong relationships with his clients and understand their business is highly valued and allows him to deliver practical advice and solutions which align with the clients’ objectives.

Ben provides legal advice and representation to a range of clients from listed companies to small business owners in a range of industries including hospitality, retail, manufacturing, professional services, heath and sport.


Ben’s recent experience includes:

  • conducting complex workplace investigations in relation to allegations of bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination
  • dealing with government regulators, including Fair Work Ombudsman investigations in relation to underpayment allegations for high-profile employers in the hospitality industry
  • providing advice on and enforcement of post-employment restraints and confidential information obligations
  • providing advice and representation in dismissal-related matters, including unfair dismissal, general protections and wrongful dismissal
  • providing general advice in relation to a range of workplace matters, including managing employees and related issues, organisational change, enterprise bargaining and industrial relations disputes with various unions;
  • acting for 13 of the 34 Essendon footballers in their compensation claims against the Essendon Football Club as a consequence of their suspension by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.