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Tony in 60 seconds

Tony has over 30 years' experience in all areas of workplace relations and safety law. A significant part of his practice is dedicated to his role as a longstanding trusted adviser to New South Wales Government clients.

Tony delivers strategic advice on significant employment matters from implementing effective remuneration strategies, performance management of senior employees and advising on major restructuring of organisations, to the management of individual employee and industrial disputes. He has also acts for senior executives.

Tony's work regularly includes negotiating enterprise agreements and awards, industrial disputes, drafting employment contracts and policies, dispute resolution, dealing with discrimination complaints, managing performance and conduct reviews and terminations and dismissal disputes, as well as managing safety risks and defending workplace health and safety (WH&S) prosecutions.

Tony has been involved in implementing the industrial relations strategy as part of one of Australia's largest de-mergers and successfully managing the extraction of key employees avoiding restraint obligation disputes. His recent work also includes advising on major restructures, obtaining orders from FWC for right of entry breaches, managing terminations while neutralising industrial disruption, successfully defending major WH&S prosecutions and creating a compilation of operative provisions from over 50 awards and enterprise agreements into a single enterprise agreement.

Tony regularly presents seminars to our clients' human resources and employee relations personnel to ensure relevant and timely information and skill transfer relating to current employment law and WH&S issues.


  • BA, LLB, LLM

Independent Recognition

  • Leading Lawyer in Employment in Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 where he is 'particularly highly regarded for public sector matters'
  • Listed in Chambers Global 2011, where observers praise his "high-quality legal advice"
  • Listed as a Recommended Lawyer in Transport in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014
  • Listed as a Recommended Lawyer in Employment in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2017, 2015 and 2014
  • Listed as an expert in Labour and Employment since 2013 and Government since 2016 in Best Lawyers
  • Listed as a Leading Lawyer in Employment & Industrial Relation in Doyles Guide, 2017. Recognised and recommended by Doyles Guide since 2012.

Industry associations

  • Member of the New South Wales Law Society Employment Law Committee

Tony's Recent Experience

Various clients

Advising vendors and purchasers on employee issues in a range of structured transfers of business, including asset sales, share sale and subsequent absorption  and demergers. Clients include CSR in one of the largest demergers in Australia's history, and RMB Australia on a number of local and international transactions.

Transport for NSW and RailCorp

Lead legal advisers on the NSW Government's "Fixing the Trains" project, described as the "once in a generation" reform of NSW's railway operations. HDY advised on the establishment of the 3 new entities as statutory subsidiaries of RailCorp; and the demerger of RailCorp into 3 subsidiaries covering legal compliance, governance, rail safety, environment, property, contracts and employment.

Transport for NSW and NSW Police Force

Advising NSW's largest government agencies on the impact of the Government Sector Employment Act 2013 and drafting of legislative amendments.

Sydney Trains and NSW Trains

Advising on the 2014 Enterprise Agreements. Achieving significant change without industrial disputes.

Tony's Recent Insights

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...

Failure to Meet the Inherent Requirements

  • 21 Mar 2014

March 2014A Rail Safety PerspectiveDismissal of long-term sick or injured employees is a difficult challenge for all employers. However, employers in the rail industry face unique consideratio...