Steven is widely recognised as one Australia’s leading practitioners in industrial relations and litigation, and is particularly renowned for his strategic dispute resolution work. His aptitude in all aspects of employment law and ability to think strategically enables clients to avoid costly and lengthy disputes whilst effectively managing workplace incidents and investigations.
Steven works with clients in a range of industries and sectors, including construction, financial services, government, manufacturing and retail. He has been involved in a number of high profile employment and industrial issues such as the national waterfront dispute, and test cases relating to right of entry, bargaining fees, and industrial action. His extensive experience and expertise provides clients with the ability to access a wealth of insight, knowledge and strategic guidance around enforcement provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009, key provisions dealing with collective agreement making, the freedom of association provisions in the Fair Work Act 2009, and various discrimination issues.
Steven places a lot of emphasis on building strong relationships based on trust and respect with his clients, and greatly values the effective outcomes that are borne from those connections and bonds. He is steadfastly focused on understanding his clients’ businesses and operating platforms, and on connecting the right people with the right information to achieve the best outcomes.
Client quote from the Chambers Asia Pacific Guide –“He’s a very effective communicator and he gives very commercial advice”, adding: “He’s got a very direct approach which we really appreciate.” And “His knowledge is forensic and he’s commercially astute. He’s solution-focused and pragmatic while being extremely personable.”
Listed in Chambers Asia-Pacific for Employment
Listed as Leading Individual, and listed in the Hall of Fame in Legal 500 in Labour & Employment, 2021
Listed as Preeminent Lawyer in Doyle’s Guide for Employment
Recognised annually in Best Lawyers for Labour & Employment since 2013