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Evan Willis

Accredited Specialist - Law Institute of Victoria

Partner - Melbourne

Areas of Expertise

Workplace Relations for Employees, Workplace Relations & Safety


Evan is a Partner and an Accredited Specialist in Workplace Relations. 

With extensive experience in employment and industrial relations law, Evan advises and represents a broad range of clients with a particular emphasis on assisting executive employees and registered organisations.

Evan works closely with his clients to identify their goals and uses his experience to find the most efficient path to achieve those goals.

Evan’s areas of expertise include:

  • drafting, advising on and enforcing employment agreements
  • advising employees in complex workplace investigations
  • interpreting industrial instruments, including awards and enterprise agreements
  • complex industrial relations matters
  • termination of employment issues, including unfair dismissal, general protections and breach of contract
  • restraints of trade and protection of confidential information matters including complex litigation in these areas
  • advice and representation in relation to occupational/work health and safety matters


Evan’s experience includes

  • running the first known prosecution under the Protecting Vulnerable Workers amendments to the Fair Work Act representing vulnerable seasonal workers from Vanuatu
  • successfully challenging an administrative decision under the Fair Entitlement Guarantee (FEG) Scheme in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal 
  • advising and appearing in numerous unfair dismissal and general protections proceedings in the Fair Work Commission and Federal Courts
  • resolving complex disputes concerning allegations of employee fraud and misuse of confidential information
  • advising, instructing and appearing in industrial relations proceedings in the Fair Work Commission, Federal Courts and the Supreme Court of Victoria for a large trade union
  • resolving post-employment restraint of trade and related contractual disputes
  • advising on complex transfer of business and employee entitlement issues in commercial transactions
  • assisting a business and a registered organisation before the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.


Law Institute of Victoria
Australian Labour Law Association


19 January 2022 - Knowledge

Fair Work Commission upholds dismissal of unvaccinated worker

#Workplace Relations for Employees, #COVID-19

The Fair Work Commission has confirmed that an employee’s dismissal for refusing to comply with a Victorian COVID-19 vaccination mandate was not unfair.

05 May 2021 - Knowledge

Employee sharing investigation details with their partner not a valid reason for dismissal

#Workplace Relations for Employees

The Fair Work Commission has ruled that an employee who disclosed details of a workplace investigation to their partner was unfairly dismissed because a direction to confide only in their lawyer was unreasonable.

23 March 2021 - Knowledge

Employer appeals $5.2 million general protections ruling

#Workplace Relations for Employees

An appeal of the Federal Court’s landmark decision to award $5.2 million to a dismissed senior executive will be heard by the Full Court in June.