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.

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 $660 (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
Partner

Marcus is our Head of Industrial Law. He 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 38 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.

Brad Annson
Partner

Brad is an experienced and highly regarded industrial and employment lawyer.

Brad has acted for a broad range of unions, union officials and union members in Federal and State courts and industrial tribunals. He has significant experience in complex and high profile cases.

Brad is passionate about advancing the interests of unions and union members. He prides himself on his strategic and practical advice to his clients.

Nick White
Nick White
Senior Associate
Nick White
Senior Associate

Nick is an Accredited Specialist in Workplace Relations. He has broad experience in industrial and employment law, 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
Marina Leikina
Senior Associate
Marina Leikina
Senior 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
Seb O'Meara
Senior Associate
Seb O'Meara
Senior Associate

Seb is an experienced lawyer who practises in class actions and other complex matters. He has worked on behalf of a superannuation fund in the Banking Royal Commission, and in a number of class actions, including the Robodebt class action. He also has broad experience in industrial and employment matters. He has acted for a number of unions and employees in various disputes in most of the State and Commonwealth courts and tribunals, including in urgent industrial disputes, breaches of the general protection provisions, discrimination claims, breaches of contract, underpayments, regulatory matters, and unfair dismissals.

Amy Murray
Amy Murray
Associate
Amy Murray
Associate

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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