Rachel Bernasconi
“She is magnificent: highly pragmatic and very commercial” quoted a client of Rachel’s in Chambers 2017 – enough said?

Rachel does not shy from challenges supporting employers with highly unionised workforces, with rapid technological change and whose disputes more often than not reach headlines.

With a passion for working closely with large organisations, with both blue and white collar workforces, Rachel finds people driven solutions to problems meeting strategic needs while identifying and mitigating risks.

 

Paul Cutrone
If the health and safety of your people are your responsibility – you need Paul in your corner.

Recognised for his ability to combine keen insight with practical advice about legal risk management, governance and due diligence, investigations and enforcement action, including prosecutions – he’s a specialist in the health and safety requirements in Australia, and globally.

From briefing your board on responsibilities to being alongside you when the unimaginable happens, Paul’s clients are confident he will be there when and wherever needed.

 

Ben Dudley
Fascinated by what the workplaces of the future will look like – and loves to debate how things will change to get us there – Ben can take you, your organisation and your workforce into tomorrow.

While he doesn’t have perfect foresight (and who does?) his experience working with major employers and supporting their legal needs has given him the in-depth understanding needed to help organisations future-proof their workforces.

Motivated by high-risk and high-value industrial relations and employment challenges. When protecting you and the interests of your workforce, Ben is as comfortable visiting your manufacturing site as he is representing you in the court room.

 

Luke Edwards
If you’re a multinational or Australian based organisation with a workforce that crosses borders, Luke understands your unique challenges.

With a regional speciality in the Asia Pacific, Luke has the legal knowledge backed with in-depth cultural understanding needed to support organisations to operate successfully across the region and in single countries.

Working collaboratively with clients, Luke achieves commercial objectives through clever legal solutions. Crossing borders himself, Luke is admitted to practice here in Australia and the UK.

 

Chris Gardner
“Strategic”. That’s how clients consistently describe Chris.

Starting with the end in mind, he understands that legal advice is only one piece of the jigsaw when balancing strategy and risk.

Clients know they’ll receive advice that fits into the bigger picture.

Best recognised for workplace change and enterprise bargaining, Chris’ work has seen him at the forefront of engagements that matter. Countless employers have benefited from the pragmatic and solution-orientated advice that he is known for.

You may have seen him in Boss magazine, heard him on Qantas Q Radio or Foxtel’s Law TV. He is also famous for his collection of Elvis artefacts.

 

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If your organisation experiences a crisis, Jane has it covered.

Helping mitigate risks through to supporting you when an incident occurs – Jane helps clients navigate the maze of legal risks and ensures your planning and response aligns with both legal requirements and the expectations of your stakeholders.

It’s practical experience in operational and enforcement roles that sets Jane apart from the field of health and safety lawyers, and clients know they’ll receive decisive, sound advice and support when risks are at their highest.

Jane keeps pace with technology allowing you to understand the opportunities and implications that come with digital disruption.

 

Darren Perry is a partner in the International Labour & Employment practice of Seyfarth Shaw Australia, and is the Managing Partner of our Australian offices. Widely regarded by clients and peers as a leading practitioner in his field, Darren acts in all areas of employment and labour relations law. He has represented clients in a number of landmark cases, including the successful defense of a $100 million class action brought against a major bank. Darren was awarded 2012 Lawyer of the Year for the Employment category of the Best Lawyers International list.

Darren has expertise in executive contracts and remuneration and handling disputes relating to the termination of executive employees. He is prominent in advising major employers on collective bargaining strategies, responses to industrial action and major workplace change projects. Darren is an experienced advocate in all courts and tribunals in which employment and labour-related litigation is conducted.

 

Henry Skene
At the forefront of new law, in areas where many others dread to walk, Henry is at his finest.

For legal advice to be truly effective, it must seize an opportunity or solve a problem, aligned with an organisation strategy – exactly what Henry is known for. Delivering solutions that innovate and focus on the long term. Commercially-minded and outcomes-driven, he is uncompromising when advancing the interests of employers and business owners.

His novel application of conventional principles does not stop at the elevator, it continues in his various entrepreneurial interests in farming, viticulture, bee keeping and diamonds.

 

Michael Tamvakologos
When clients were asked what they valued most in Michael, one client responded “He is very sharp, quick and commercial, and very good at building relationships with the commercial side of our business; you can put him in front of the CEO or anyone else and know he won’t let you down”, Chambers 2017.

What makes Michael more than a stand-out strategic litigator sought after by leading multi-nationals, is a near complete MBA at INSEAD University (rated by the Financial Times as the No 1 MBA in the world in 2017) which is reinforcing an understanding of the commercial side of your organisation.

Combining a thirst for knowledge with strong technical legal abilities, Michael has authored The Art of Law, the complete guide to understanding the business of employee litigation, click here to learn more.