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 recent 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 confidentiality and defending bonus and other breach of employment 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 employers with WorkCover, acting in Comcare and Fair Work Ombudsman investigations and prosecutions
  • drafting employment contracts of all types, drafts 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.  Stephen is listed in the 2017 and 2018 Best Lawyers in Australia guide as a leading lawyer for Labour and Employment Law.


07 February 2018 - Blog

Employees on term contracts given the green light to pursue unfair dismissal claims

#Workplace Relations & Safety

Following the recent Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission decision of Saeid Khayam v Navitas English Pty Ltd t/a Navitas English [2017] FWCFB 5162 (Navitas), employees on term contracts, or ‘outer limit’ contracts, have greater prospects of accessing the unfair dismissal jurisdiction.

22 May 2018 - Blog

Reckless safety breaches under the spotlight

#Workplace Relations & Safety

Following a lengthy investigation after the death of a construction worker in 2016 at a Canberra hospital, a group of workers - including supervisors and safety officers - now face potential prison terms for serious safety breaches. The matter is shaping up as one of the most important cases under the harmonised safety laws since they were introduced in 2011. We look at the key aspects of this case, the lessons for managers and how since this incident there has been a trend across the nation to introduce industrial manslaughter laws and a strengthened focus by the regulators.

22 May 2018 - Blog

Key changes to Victorian long service leave entitlements announced

#Workplace Relations & Safety

On 8 May 2018, the Victorian Parliament repealed the Long Service Leave Act 1992 (Vic) (Current Act) and passed the Long Service Act 2018 (Vic) (New Act). The New Act introduces key changes to Victorian employees’ long service leave entitlements including long-awaited reforms which are more favourable for parents.