Areas of Expertise

A self-confessed workplace relations nerd, Amber has over 15 years' experience as a workplace relations lawyer.  Amber's practice covers the litigious and advisory workplace spectrum, and she has particular expertise in workplace litigation including discrimination, bullying and termination disputes.

Clients love Amber's straight talking and solutions-oriented approach. They also appreciate that she combines her technical knowledge of workplace relations with expertise in administrative law - an asset when it comes to workplace investigations or acting for public sector agencies.

Amber is also an accomplished and sought after speaker at industry seminars, and enjoys delivering workplace training.

 

What Amber’s clients say

“Amber is direct. She doesn’t just tell us what we want to hear. She provides technically accurate legal advice, but at the same time is commercially and industrially pragmatic. She’s quick to devise a strategy and way forward. She’s also just fun to work with”. - Legal Counsel

 

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (UNSW)

  • Master of Laws (Labour Law & Relations ) (Sydney University)

  • AHRI member

 

A word from Amber

"Why do I love the wonderful world of workplace relations? Because there’s never a dull moment. Whether it’s a scurrilous workplace investigation, managing a sensitive departure or defending a claim, my approach is to take ownership of the issue, hatch a plan and implement a strategy, so the client can get on with running their business."

 

Career Highlights

  • Carrying out a successful jurisdictional objection to an unfair dismissal application on the ground that the circumstances did not amount to a “transfer of employment” under the Fair Work Act: Oliphant v Savills [2014] FWC 6245. 

  • Successfully resolving an application under the Independent Contractors Act in the Federal Court to review a contract with a major media outlet on the ground that the contract was harsh and unfair   

  • Resolving four related age discrimination claims lodged with the Australian Human Rights Commission prior to hearing. The applicants had been seeking substantial damages and each of them withdrew their complaint.

  • Successfully appealing to the Full Bench of the Industrial Court of NSW against a decision of the Transport Appeal Boards to reinstate a dismissed former employee: Rail Corporation, New South Wales v Elleray [2013] NSWIRCom 86. 

  • Successfully defending a disability discrimination claim under the Anti-Discrimination Act  1977 (NSW): Murtough v NSW Bar Association (no.3) [2012] NSWADT 234 

  • Acting in the leading authority on costs against an unsuccessful applicant in (then) ADT proceedings (now NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal): Sebastian v Rail Infrastructure Corporation & anor [2006] NSWADTAP 44. 

 

Specific areas of focus

Workplace litigation: Experienced and strategic litigator with particular expertise in unfair dismissal, general protections and bullying claims

Discrimination and sexual harassment: Extensive experience defending claims in both the state and federal jurisdictions, including claims in the provision of goods and services

Restraint of trade: Drafting for business protection and enforcing obligations

Misconduct investigations: Conducting and advising on defensible investigations

Managing injured and ill employees: Navigating the myriad of overlapping obligations.