Special Counsel | Partner | Employment & Workplace Relations

Special Counsel | Partner | Employment & Workplace Relations

Job Title: Special Counsel | Partner | Employment & Workplace Relations
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Brisbane
Reference: WR051018
Contact Name: Craig Ashton-Sward
Contact Email:
Job Published: October 05, 2018 14:16

Job Description

  • Employment, Industrial Relations & Safety Group
  • Partner OR Appointment will be as Special Counsel with Guaranteed Promotion to Partnership within 12-18 months
  • Dynamic work environment
  • Remuneration Package Negotiable $230K to $300K
  • Parental Responsibilities Accommodated

This is a dynamic and resourceful national firm with a reputable Employment, Industrial Relations & Safety practice group. With a client focus, this close-knit team provides specialist experience across a wide range of quality matters, while maintaining exceptional work-life balance together with a positive and supportive work environment.


The current team of 6 specialist workplace lawyers is over-utilised in terms of work volume, team mentoring, and client relationship management demands. To ensure they continue to maintain that high standard as well as provide that work-life balance to all (including Partners) the firm is keen to appoint a talented Workplace Relations Lawyer. This will either be someone currently at Partner Level or Special Counsel level.

It needs to be said that there is a sustained need for an additional Partner in the Team and this particular position has been earmarked for a rapid elevation to Partnership within 12-18 months. 

This position will see you involved in front end Workplace Relations advice as well as back end Employment and Industrial Relations matters. Should you have the interest and aptitude then exposure to WH&S work (both front and back end) is there for the taking. An example of the wide variety of work includes but is not limited to:
  • drafting and advising on employment agreements and contracts;
  • drafting and advising on enterprise agreements;
  • general protection issues including unfair dismissal proceedings and unlawful terminations, discrimination, workplace harassment, and bullying claims;
  • workplace health and safety risk management advice as well as prosecution defence work; and
  • restraint of trade issues.
In terms of their clients, you will be working with a range of sizeable private and public sector clients across the contentious and non-contentious matters, allowing you to have diversity in your skillset as well as maintain that continuous intellectual challenge.

Remuneration is negotiable $230K to $300K depending on the seniority and profile of the individual. This firm also understands the concept of family and that lawyers also need work-life balance ... true balance, despite their position and the level of responsibility held. Parental responsibilities are therefore readily accommodated.


You will be an experienced Workplace Relations Lawyer looking to progress your career within the Workplace Relations discipline and will need to possess a high level of commercial acumen, strong attention to detail and excellent communication skills.

This is one of those infrequent highly paid lateral opportunities that provides stimulating work in a prestigious firm considered by many as T.H.E Employer of Choice. Express your interest now as it will be a missed opportunity after a few weeks.

Discreet enquiries can be made, withholding your name if you choose, by contacting Craig Ashton-Sward directly on 3062 4753 (or 0413 743 838 8:00 am to 8:00 pm 7 days for this role given its importance).

We offer all Lawyers a lounge room setting for a relaxed confidential discussion over coffee/tea, allowing you to comfortably provide us with an understanding of your skills as well as your ideals around your next role. We are full in our disclosure and by the end of the meeting you will be provided with a detailed profile of this opportunity for you to go away and research at your leisure.

To apply please click APPLY attaching the relevant documents. Alternatively please quote Ref No: WR060718 and forward your Professional Profile to:
  • Craig Ashton-Sward -
  • Trudy Reading -
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