Stephen in 60 seconds

Stephen is highly regarded in all areas of workplace relations and employment law. His expertise includes occupational health and safety and equal employment opportunity. He has been ranked by Doyle's Guide as one of the Top 20 employment lawyers in Australia.

Stephen acts for a range of major institutions and large government agencies. He specialises in the retail and government sectors, as well as in managing insolvency related employment issues.

Stephen regularly appears before Fair Work Australia, and has acted in a number of major test cases on the new Fair Work Act. He recently appeared in an important Full Bench case dealing with dispute settlement provisions in enterprise agreements.

Stephen has extensive expertise in negotiating, drafting and interpreting industrial agreements, dealing with unions and resolving industrial disputes. He was heavily involved in negotiating the largest enterprise agreement in Australia (which covers over 96,000 employees). His clients value his focus on finding practical commercial solutions aligned to long-term workplace relations and employment strategies.

Stephen has a track record of managing employment and workplace relations issues associated with major corporate restructures, as well as the acquisition of new businesses. He advises on preparing and negotiating executive contracts, and dealing with executive termination matters. He has dealt with employment contracts relating to CEOs and MDs in the retail, property, finance, IT and business services industries.

Qualifications

  • BA, LLB

Independent Recognition

  • Recognised as a Leading Lawyer in Employment law in Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012
  • Listed as a Recommended Lawyer in Employment law in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013
  • Listed as a Leading Lawyer in Employment & Industrial Relations in Doyle's Guide to The Australian Legal Profession
  • Listed as an expert in Labour and Employment Law in Best Lawyers since 2014

Stephen's Recent Insights

High Court: OK to sack for 'Scabs' sign

  • 16 Oct 2014

October 2014The High Court has upheld BHP's sacking of an employee for waving a sign accusing other employees of being 'scabs'. The decision strongly reinforces the High Court's 201...

High Court: no implied term of mutual trust and confidence

  • 10 Sep 2014

September 2014The High Court has unanimously found that employers are not bound by an implied term of mutual trust and confidence. The finding overrules the Federal Court decision in Commonwe...