Employment, Industrial Relations & Safety

Employment and industrial relations laws are like shifting sands – they change constantly. Our point of difference is our holistic approach to people issues. Working collaboratively with our clients to understand their human resources priorities and culture we develop a tailor-made solution for their workplace needs.

We rely on four interrelated skill sets - strategic thinking, proactive legal advice, HR and IR training through CK WorkWise, and inhouse consulting – to help employers negotiate the complex web of industrial and employment matters. From IR strategy, risk management, and employment contracts to health and safety, equal employment opportunity, termination, trade restraints, dispute resolution, workplace agreements and negotiation, we offer a one stop shop for workplace matters.

Our specialist division of CK WorkWise provides cost effective advisory solutions that take the uncertainty out of HR as well as training in areas such as the legal framework, proactive people management, performance management and termination, workplace bullying and harassment, union rights of entry and effective workplace investigations.


  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Employment advice
  • Enterprise bargaining
  • Equal employment opportunity
  • Executive remuneration
  • Industrial relations
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Union matters
  • Workplace training



Strategic advice on negotiating a new Enterprise Agreement, including representation before Fair Work Australia.

Brisbane Airport Corporation

Representing BAC on issues arising from parental leave changes, ill health retirement from work and workers' compensation matters.

GWA Group

Advising on terminating independent contractor agreements and general contractual arrangements in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Leighton Contractors

Representing Leighton Contractors in industrial disputes before Fair Work Australia.

Pillowtalk Pty Ltd

Advising on employment and WorkCover matters.

RP Data

Advising on confidential information obligations, general workplace and presentations to the workforce.

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Advising on change management processes and issues concerning redeployment.


Representing Tricarein a dispute about the application of modern awards and provisions for pay rates and transitional pay rates.

Universal Cranes

Advising on workplace health and safety issues and workers' compensation matters.


Advising onindependent contractor issues, including payroll tax implications.

Our team



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