Libby is the head of Russell Kennedy’s Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety practice and a partner of the firm. She has worked at Russell Kennedy for over 17 years. Libby is an experienced practitioner in the area of employment law and industrial relations. Her employment law experience is vast and she concentrates on providing advice concerning performance and disciplinary actions and all matters involving the workplace including contractors, human resources policies and manuals. Libby regularly presents as an expert on employment law and industrial relations to numerous sectors. She was recognised by Best Lawyers 2014 - 2018 for expertise in Employee Benefits Law and Occupational Health and Safety Law.

Experience

  • Advising on all aspects of employment law including preparation of employment contracts interpretation of contracts, general advice on performance and disciplinary action
  • Advising and preparing human resources policies and manuals
  • Advising on termination of employment including summary dismissal, performance related issues and redundancy, preparation of matters and appearing in Courts and Tribunals including the Fair Work Commission
  • Advising on Awards, enterprise agreements, industrial disputes and Fair Work Act 2009
  • Advising on equal opportunity matters, anti-discrimination and sexual harassment preparation of matters for hearing in VCAT, AHRC and VEOHRC
  • Advising in the allied health industries including home care, caring for people with disabilities, labour hire services and community care related areas. This includes advice on minimum wage, low paid bargaining, award coverage and occupational health and safety issues
  • Advising on privacy issues concerning the workplace
  • Presenting seminars and proposals on employment law and industrial relations including at national and state conferences in the aged care and retirement living sectors
  • Writing articles on employment law and industrial issues for various media publications
    Advising corporate clients including accounting firms, IT businesses, recruitment companies, engineering businesses, media and public relations
  • Acting on significant cases where there is employment issues involving a breach, awards and enterprise agreements, claims, unfair dismissals, disciplinary action, key personnel, reforms, investigations, coronial inquests and complaints to AHPRA
  • Acting for clients in the property industry advising in relations to issues involving Award coverage, sales commission, safety issues and restraint provisions

Leadership

  • Member, Victorian Women's Lawyers
  • Graduate and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Provider of pro bono services to various, organisations, individuals, including Footscray Legal Service, Legal Assistance Scheme and PILCH
  • Recognised by Best Lawyers 2014 - 2018 for expertise in Employee Benefits Law and Occupational Health and Safety Law
  • Former Committee Member, Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Committee Law Institute of Victoria