The need for constant vigilance, proactive policies and nimble action in the face of problems has never been more critical for the owners and managers of domestic and international businesses that operate in Australia.

The commercial success of any business is greatly affected by the people within the business – the directors, management and staff. The relationship between these groups is critical to the ongoing commercial viability of the business and to avoid operational risk.

The law that governs this part of a business operation has evolved and changed rapidly in recent years with the arrival and subsequent departure of WorkChoices, and the enactment of its replacement, the Fair Work Act. Legal issues evolving from employment related disputes have the propensity to take a heavy toll on the management of a business so informed and practical advice is essential.

The employment team at Addisons advises employers in relation to all aspects of managing their employment and associated relationships, including acting for them in litigation matters before both Courts and Tribunals, including Fair Work Australia


  • Avoiding and managing the risk of sexual harassment and bullying in workplace claims
  • Disciplinary matters
  • Drafting and negotiating:
    • Employment contracts
    • Consultancy agreements
    • Confidentiality agreements and restrictive covenants; and
    • Deeds of Release
  • Employee fraud advice
  • Employers’ obligations in respect of termination and employee benefits
  • Equal opportunity laws
  • Redundancy entitlements and negotiation of redundancy packages
  • The enforceability of confidentiality, non-compete and restraint of trade clauses
  • Workplace surveillance and privacy issues


Martin O’Connor



Audi Australia Pty Limited, Australian Associated Press Pty Limited, Batlow Fruit Company Pty Limited, Bega Cheese Limited, Bet365, Coca-Cola South Pacific Pty Limited, Colgate-Palmolive Pty Limited, Isagenix (Asia Pacific) Australia Pty Limited, OKI Data Australia Pty Limited, Seven Network (Operations) Limited, The Sealord Group, Unibet