Ben has been practicing for 12 years, including seven years providing timely and practical workplace relations and employment and safety advice to clients in the health sector, including in all areas referred to in the tender specifications. Ben regularly speaks at industry conferences across Australia on managing topical issues, and is a contributor to SmartCompany and Fairfax Media.

Experience

  • Acting for a Victorian multi-use health service in multiple claims by two general practitioners, including an unfair dismissal claim and an application for an order to stop bullying in the Fair Work Commission, and breach of contract claims in the County Court. This required Ben to appear in and successfully oppose the first two appeals in the Fair Work Commission’s anti-bullying jurisdiction.

  • Acting for a disability sector client to successfully resist a general protections claim by a Chief Financial Officer dismissed for workplace bullying. This required Ben to also appear in and successfully oppose appeals to the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission, and an application for judicial review in the Federal Court of Australia.

  • Acting for a corporate client in the Fair Work Commission seeking to redeploy staff to a new facility, and successfully persuading the Commission to approve a narrow interpretation of the client’s redundancy obligations under a poorly drafted enterprise agreement, resulting in significant costs savings for the client.
  • Acting for a national client to successfully negotiate and adopt separate enterprise agreements in each State and Territory. Advising on complex negotiations, including managing inconsistent claims by different branches of the union, and advising on threats of protected legal action.

Leadership

  • Member, Australian Labour Law Association
  • Member, Australian and Employment Relations Association
  • Member, Australian and Employment Relations Association of ACT
  • Member, Industrial Relations Society of Victoria
  • Former member, ACT Law Society Industrial Relations Committee
  • Former director, Northside Community Service
  • Former company secretary, Morshead Home for Veterans and Other Aged Persons