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Stephen Trew

Managing Partner - Sydney

Areas of Expertise

Workplace Relations & Safety


Stephen has significant experience in all aspects of workplace relations and safety. He provides a wide range of strategic advice and protects clients' interests in all applicable Courts and Tribunals.


Stephen's experience includes:

  • advising on all termination of employment issues and procedures, including in respect of senior executives on questions concerning options, bonus entitlements, directorships and shareholdings
  • acting for employers in disputes and dismissal proceedings in Fair Work Commission
  • acting in proceedings to enforce restraint of trade and confidentiality obligations as well as defending bonus and other breach of employment contract claims
  • advising and acting for employers in respect of General Protections proceedings as well as complaints of unlawful termination and unlawful discrimination
  • working with parties prior to and following the sale of businesses to address relevant employment issues, including those that arise where there is a transfer of business
  • providing strategic advice on governance obligations in the workplace and safety content, including for Boards and senior management
  • assisting and acting in investigations and prosecutions involving WorkCover, Comcare and the Fair Work Ombudsman
  • drafting employment contracts of all types, drafting specialised workplace policies and advising on the implementation of effective standardised engagement and induction processes
  • providing strategic advice and assistance on managing the variety of issues arising throughout the life cycle of employment. 

Stephen Trew has been named for a number of years in various guides. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in Australia guide as a leading lawyer for Labour and Employment Law since 2017. Stephen is also listed in Who’s Who Legal: Australia 2019 directory for Labour, Employment & Benefits.

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