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Practitioners Day

  • 11 Mar 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Webinar


  • Where additional guests are booked they must be financial members of irsnsw. Non member guests will require a separate booking


Friday 11th March 2022 a Full day Workshop -Online

Speakers and Topics

Independent Contracting - Luis Izzo - ABLA

Luis oversees ABLA's Sydney Workplace Relations practice and has over a decade’s experience practicing as a specialist employment and industrial relations lawyer acting for a broad range of employers across both the private and public sector.

IR & Discrimination in the Age of the Pandemic - Kellie Edwards-  Barrister, Denhams

A large proportion of Kellie’s practice is in the various employment and discrimination jurisdictions. Kellie also accepts briefs in administrative, trade practices, common law, and restraint of trade cases. She is a qualified arbitrator and mediator and has appeared in coronial inquiries

Underpayment of Employee EntitlementsJane Seymour - Barrister, St James

Jane has specialised in employment, industrial relations and discrimination law for 30 years.  She advises and appears in matters in the Fair Work Commission, Federal Circuit Court, Federal Court, Australian Human Rights Commission and NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. She is an Accredited Mediator and has significant experience representing parties and conducting mediations and conciliations of individual and collective workplace disputes.

General Protections and Dismissals- Penny Thew - Barrister – Greenway

Penny was called to the Bar in 2005 and regularly advises and appears in federal and most state courts and tribunals for corporate, government and individual clients primarily in employment, discrimination and commercial matters.

While Penny’s particular expertise includes all matters arising under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and the Industrial Relations Act 1996 (NSW), as well as claims involving discrimination law, contractual disputes and restraints of trade

The Art of Advocacy - PJ Sams - Employment and IR Services

Peter Sams AM was appointed as a Deputy President to Fair Work Australia (as it then was) in 2010 after eleven years as a Deputy President of the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW.

Previously Peter was Secretary of the Labor Council of New South Wales between 1994 and 1998, having served as Industrial Officer, Organiser and Assistant Secretary between 1982 and 1994.

Since leaving the FWC in 2021, Peter Sams launched PJ Sams Employment and IR Services and assists clients with mediations, investigations, EA and dispute negotiations and providing specific and strategic employment and IR advice.

Unfair Dismissals - Tim McDonald - Principal – McCabe Lawyers

Tim leads the national workplace practice at McCabe Lawyers, practising in employment and industrial law, work health and safety, discrimination, bullying and harassment, management of injured workers and termination of employment.

Over the last 20 years, Tim advised and represented employers, from a broad range of industries, such as hospitality, health, manufacturing, clerical, banking and finance, transport and logistics, real estate, building and construction, education and mining. These clients include some of Australia’s largest companies.

Sexual Harassment - Persephone Forster - Special Counsel -Kennedys

Persephone is an industrial and employment law specialist, her expertise covers the full spectrum of employment and workplace issues.

Persephone represents government and private clients across industry sectors including banking, tourism, health, transport and logistics and professional services.

She advises on enterprise bargaining, award and agreement interpretation, managing complex workforce change, dispute resolution, the extra-territorial application of Australian employment law, protecting data and intellectual property, enforcing restraints of trade, payroll tax, engaging independent contractors and mergers and acquisitions.

Workplace Investigations - Matt Robinson - Partner and Solicitor – FCB Lawyers 

Mathew specialises in:

  • Providing strategic advice on various labour structures, along with recommendation on their strengths, weaknesses and implementation
  • Negotiating and drafting employment contracts, policies, enterprise agreements and individual statutory agreements
  • Managing and mitigating lawful/unlawful industrial action and picketing
  • Managing termination of employment cases
  • Defending breach of contract and wage/entitlement claims
  • Advising on corporate restructures, redundancies, and transfer of business and industrial instruments
  • Proactive and reactive defences to discrimination and harassment issues.

Please note - this will be an online workshop. Participants will be sent the relevant link(s) 24 hours before the start of the session.

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