Industrial and employment law

Your industrial and employment law experts

Workplace issues are often complex and emotionally charged. That’s why it’s important to have someone navigate that path for you. Our team of employment lawyers are prepared to stand up for you, and walk that path with you, to ensure you get a fair and just outcome.

Why trust us to help you?

Whether your issue relates to unfair dismissal, your employment contract, super, discrimination, harassment or unpaid wages, in any sector, our employment lawyers will take the time to step you through your options with expert advice. Once you have that advice and information you can then make the best decisions for you and your loved ones.

Our Head of Industrial Law, Marcus Clayton is one of the country’s best-known union industrial lawyers. His reputation is built on championing the rights of workers and unions.

Another key member of our team is Carol Andrades. Carol is widely acknowledged for her expertise in anti- discrimination law, and wrote the chapter on Freedom from Discrimination and Harassment, in the Australian Charter of Employment Rights.

Our Sydney practice is led by Aron Neilson, who has an excellent reputation handing complex and sensitive executive employment and workplace matters. Aron is recognised by the NSW Law Society as an accredited specialist in employment and industrial law. Aron has acted for some of Australia’s highest profile individuals and is a regular media commentator on employment law issues.

How we can help:

Our expert lawyers can help you with all stages of employment issues, including:

  • Pre-employment – negotiating your contract, conditions and advice around any restraints
  • On the job – help if you face discrimination, harassment, bullying or disciplinary issues, as well as access to entitlements including long service leave and parental leave
  • Termination of employment – if you feel like you have an unfair dismissal case, claim for redundancy, or a discrimination, harassment or breach of your rights case, we can help.

What you might be entitled to:

  • Compensation
  • Reinstatement
  • Unpaid wages
  • Other entitlements.

Before you contact us, you should make sure you have a copy of your employment contract or enterprise agreement.

Don’t delay a possible claim:

When your employment has been terminated, we can help, however, we need to act quickly. Most claims involving the termination of employment need to be made within 21 days of your last day. The best way to know if you have a claim is to call us on 1800 21 22 23 and talk to us about the next steps.

What if you have been injured in the workplace?
Information on Workers Compensation and how we can help.

How much will it cost?

In an initial appointment with one of our employment lawyers we will review your documents, discuss your matter and provide you with advice on your options and next steps. An initial appointment can be arranged for a fee of $550 (including GST).

In some circumstances we can assist on a no win, no fee basis.

Call us on 1800 21 22 23 to see how we can help you today.

Building on a proud legacy of standing up for working people and workers’ rights

Our workplace industrial lawyers have provided advice to unions and working people for decades. We are proud to have the best and most experienced team of union dedicated lawyers in Australia. Our team, led by Senior Partner, Peter Gordon, has an unrivalled record in fighting for justice for working people.

We are proud to advocate on behalf of key unions, including the Victorian branches of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, the CFMEU Construction Division, the Electrical Trades Union and the Rail, Tram and Bus Union.

We understand and value the importance of unions in making our society fair and just and standing up for working people.

Our lawyers have been involved in key industrial litigation, including anti-union Royal Commissions.

Most recently, we represented CFMEU officials John Setka and Shaun Reardon in a dramatic blackmail case, where the Director of Public Prosecutions withdrew all charges. Read more about that win here.

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Industrial and employment law experts

Marcus Clayton
Marcus Clayton
Head of Industrial Law
Marcus Clayton
Head of Industrial Law

Marcus is one of Australia’s best-known union industrial lawyers. He has represented a wide range of unions, union officials and union members in industrial litigation, penalty proceedings, two anti-union Royal Commissions, general protections matters, rules disputes, administrative law challenges, coronial inquests, contempt of court cases and criminal prosecutions.

In his over 35 years as a lawyer, Marcus has won a well-deserved reputation for his strategic, practical and industrially and politically astute advice.

Philip Gardner
Philip Gardner
Special Counsel
Philip Gardner
Special Counsel

Philip has over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of industrial and employment law. He has represented public and private sector unions in Federal and State industrial tribunals and courts, in many cases appearing himself as advocate. Philip has also advised industry superannuation funds.

Philip is renowned as a formidable strategist for his union clients.

Carol Andrades
Consultant

Carol is widely acknowledged for her expertise in anti-discrimination law and also practises in industrial and employment law. She is an honorary Senior Fellow with the University of Melbourne’s Law School, where she lectures at post-graduate level in anti-discrimination law, and is on the Editorial Board of the Employment Law Bulletin.

Carol wrote the chapter on Freedom from Discrimination and Harassment in the Australian Charter of Employment Rights. She received the President’s award from the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations for her advocacy in the Special Family Leave Test Case.

Aron Neilson
Aron Neilson
Principal Lawyer
Aron Neilson
Principal Lawyer

Aron is a NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in employment and industrial law and has advised senior executive and other employee clients working across the financial, property, manufacturing, health, IT, political and not-for-profit sectors. Aron has acted for some of Australia’s highest profile identities on sensitive employment law issues. In addition to his employee practice, Aron has been a trusted advisor to many trade unions often providing both strategic and practical legal advice.

Brad Annson
Brad Annson
Principal Lawyer
Brad Annson
Principal Lawyer

Brad is a specialist in industrial and employment law. He helps unions in their struggle for a fairer society, and achieves successful outcomes for Victorian and national unions and their members. His areas of expertise include: Industrial law advice and litigation, Employment law advice and litigation, and Equal opportunity and Anti-discrimination advice and litigation.

Josh Liley
Lawyer

Josh has a broad practice across all areas of industrial law, including enterprise agreement bargaining and termination, protected industrial action, right of entry, rules interpretation and advice, penalty proceedings under the Fair Work Act, and matters involving regulators.

Additionally, Josh has extensive employment law experience, including advice on employment contracts, unfair dismissals, general protections and workplace discrimination claims. He is a member of the Committee of Management of the Young Workers Centre, a community legal service that provides employment law assistance to young and vulnerable workers.

Nick White
Nick White
Senior Associate
Nick White
Senior Associate

Nick is an experienced employment and industrial lawyer. He has broad experience in workplace relations, and has represented clients in most of the State and Commonwealth courts, including the appellate jurisdictions. He regularly represents unions and employees in the Federal Court of Australia and the Fair Work Commission.

Marina Leikina
Associate

Marina is an experienced lawyer who works in employment and industrial law, as well as institutional abuse cases. Before joining Gordon Legal, Marina worked as a lawyer in regional Victoria, acting for workers and employees in personal injury and employment law matters.

Marina volunteers at West Justice in the employment law project that provides assistance to migrants and refugees.

Seb O'Meara
Lawyer

Seb is an experienced member of our legal team. He practises in Employment and Industrial Law. He has represented a number of unions and their members, as well as non-union individuals, in a broad range of legal matters. He aims to deliver practical and pragmatic legal advice tailored to the needs of his clients.

Seb also acts in estate dispute matters and testator’s family maintenance claims.

Fiona Rothville
Associate

Fiona is an experienced litigator who practises across the Industrial Law and Commercial Law teams. Fiona represents unions and employees in a range of employment and industrial matters, including in proceedings brought by industrial regulators. Fiona acts in various commercial and consumer disputes and provides representation in Coronial Inquests in respect of professional conduct.

Fiona has previously worked at the Fair Work Commission as a Conciliator and an Associate to a Deputy President and has a background in the union movement. Fiona is a volunteer and former board member of the Fitzroy Legal Service.

Amy Murray
Lawyer

Amy has experience in various areas of employment and industrial law including unfair dismissals, civil penalty proceedings under the Fair Work Act, enterprise agreement bargaining and proceedings involving industry regulators. She is passionate about advancing and enforcing workers’ rights. Amy graduated with a masters of law in the UK, focusing on employment law, before studying and gaining admission to practise in Australia.

Carol Saunders
Carol Saunders
Union Relationship Manager
Carol Saunders
Union Relationship Manager

Carol is a highly experienced relationship manager. She has extensive experience in assisting members with a broad range of legal matters, including workers’ compensation, employment law, motor vehicle accidents, criminal and family law. She is the first port of call for members and is highly experienced in managing key relationships in the labour movement.

Carol has been working closely with unions and their members for over a decade, and takes great pride in the collaborative relationships she creates with them.

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