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Herbert Smith Freehills

Employment

9 ranked lawyersBand 1AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Market-leading full-service employment practice, widely endorsed for its deft handling of Australia's largest industrial relations matters, including enterprise bargaining, disputes and industrial action. Covers the full gamut of employee relations such as terminations, redundancy and discrimination. Also possesses notable expertise in workplace health and safety matters. Represents prominent energy, construction, transport and financial clients.

Strengths

Clients value the team's practical approach, one noting: "There is a strong pragmatism to the advice they provide, and this is backed up by real examples that are highly relevant to the situations."

Another enthuses: "They are both technically brilliant and pragmatic. They are always able to quantify the level of risk with various strategies."

Work highlights

Advised Jetstar on enterprise bargaining with its pilot group and ground service employee unions, including periods of protected industrial action.

Notable practitioners

Aaron Anderson is acknowledged for his considerable expertise in occupational health and safety. He advises clients from a range of sectors, including infrastructure and mining, on regulatory compliance. One client emphasises his pragmatism, stating: "He understands details and has excellent technical knowledge but also comes up with pragmatic solutions. He's very energetic and gets all the jobs done in time."

Anthony Longland is noted for his litigation and trade union experience within the mining and resources sector.

Anthony Wood has a broad practice which encompasses compliance, employee claims, enterprise bargaining and workplace health and safety.

Kirsty Faichen maintains a broad employment practice, advising clients across a variety of employee relations and industrial relations matters. One client praises her pragmatic nous, commenting: "She's great at getting up to speed and not just giving the advice, but also assisting on how to talk about the advice in any discussions."

Michael Coonan is recognised for his track record advising energy, natural resources and maritime clients on industrial relations and regulatory issues.

Miles Bastick has considerable experience advising high-profile clients on both regulatory and litigious issues. One client observes: "He provides holistic consideration of the circumstances, asks great questions and explores the issue to ensure all the matters are on the table."

Rohan Doyle is a well-regarded up-and-coming practitioner in Victoria, recognised for his expertise in enterprise bargaining and industrial relations disputes.

Russell Allen continues to be highly regarded for his extensive experience advising on enterprise bargaining and complex disputes, particularly for clients in the mining and energy sectors.

Steve Bell is well reputed in the market for his experience handling prosecutions and sensitive issues around workplace incidents. One client highlights his "ability to communicate clearly and win trust across all levels of the organisation, and his deep knowledge of the area and understanding of the business."

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Australia

Employment: New South Wales


Miles Bastick
Band 3

Employment: Queensland


Kirsty Faichen
Up and Coming
Michael Coonan
Band 2

Employment: Victoria


Anthony Wood
Band 3
Rohan Doyle
Up and Coming

Employment: Western Australia


Anthony Longland
Band 1