Alice DeBoos

Managing Partner

Alice is highly regarded and passionate about employment and industrial relations and this is reflected in the work she undertakes and the outcomes she achieves for her clients.

As Managing Partner, it is her intuition, insight and perspective that helped create the vision for the new firm. Alice is innovative and inspirational, and driven by a desire to create and deliver a client service that is unrivalled in this market.

Alice works with her clients in both the public and private sectors to devise and implement strategic plans in relation to employees, human resources and industrial relations. She is renowned for thinking outside the square to achieve clients’ organisational objectives, and for her practical and commercial approach to the resolution of issues – which often involves complex and difficult litigation.

With deep expertise, Alice skillfully handles all manner of issues relating to the employment relationship, including restructuring and mergers, harassment, discrimination, termination of employment, and the management of difficult employee issues. With respect to collective labour issues, Alice provides strategic advice in relation to employment structures and industrial relations planning and management, including union relations and collective bargaining.

Alice regularly represents clients in tribunals and superior courts in employment, industrial relations and restraint of trade/restrictive covenant cases, and is a very experienced litigator. She is also an experienced trainer, regularly creating and delivering programs and sessions for clients that are designed to give them the knowledge and tools to comply with their obligations.

Alice’s clients include multi-national employers across a number of industries, including government, construction, infrastructure, transport, banking and finance, resources, and utilities. Having worked in-house, Alice has a unique set of skills, coupled with an invaluable insight into the expectations and practical application of the legal advice she provides to her clients.

Alice is Chair of the Industrial Law Committee and Federal Litigation Executive Member of the Law Council of Australia. She is also a member of Chief Executive Women.


Client quotes from Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide:  Alice is “clear, practical and down-to-earth.” And “What I really enjoyed about working with her is that she seems to be able to ‘get’ a situation well and work in sync with you.” And “She is incredibly commercial and understands our business. She’s very pragmatic, quick to home in on key risks and will give you advice on what to do rather than just options.”

Recognised as a Leading Individual in Employment in Legal 500 since 2022.

Listed in Chambers Asia-Pacific in Employment since 2016.

Listed as Pre-eminent Lawyer in Doyle’s Guide for Employment since 2018 and as Leading Lawyer in Employment 2015-2017.

Recognised annually in Best Lawyers for Labour & Employment since 2013.