Stephen Trew


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.  Stephen is listed in the 2017 and 2018 Best Lawyers in Australia guide as a leading lawyer for Labour and Employment Law. Stephen is also listed in the Who’s Who Legal: Labour & Employment 2018 directory.


22 August 2018 - Knowledge

Unfair Dismissal Update - August 2018

#Workplace Relations & Safety

Recent unfair dismissal decisions from the Fair Work Commission provide a number of lessons and reminders to employers.

08 August 2018 - Knowledge

The Fair Work Ombudsman: Expanded statutory powers, blitzes and higher penalties

#Workplace Relations & Safety

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO)’s proactive approach in its role of monitoring the 2.24 million active businesses in Australia has caught out a myriad of employers whose employment practices contravene the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act).

04 June 2018 - Knowledge

What’s up, doc? How to treat conflicting medical opinions during an employee’s dismissal

#Workplace Relations & Safety

A recent decision of the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has confirmed the approach to be taken when medical opinions collide – and it’s no longer the employer’s call.