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 (University of NSW)

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

  • 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

  • Recommended by Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Employment Lawyer in NSW in 2018 and 2019, and selected for inclusion in the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers Australia for her work in Labour and Employment Law

  • Secured one of the first costs orders made by the Fair Work Commission in connection with the successful dismissal of an application for a Stop-Bullying Order:  Salama v Sydney Trains & ors [2018] FWC 5756 (9 October 2018); Salama v Sydney Trains & ors [2018] FWC 1845 (11 April 2018)

  • Successfully defended an unfair dismissal application filed by an employee who alleged he “accidentally” sent an unwelcome photo of his erect penis to a work colleague via snapchat:  Fussell v Transport for NSW [2019] FWC 1182 (22 February 2019)

  • Appeared as advocate in successfully opposing an extension of time application under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth) resulting in dismissal of the proceedings:  Reurich v Sureway Employment and Training Pty Ltd [2018] FCA 680 (17 May 2018)

  • 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 long running and complex 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 the NSW Civil & Administrative Decisions Tribunal, Federal Circuit Court and Federal Court,  including claims in the provision of goods and services

Public sector: Considerable experience advising NSW government agencies with a comprehensive working knowledge of the Government Sector Employment Act 2013 and related legislation, together with experience advising Federal government agencies and local councils

Misconduct investigations: Conducting and advising on defensible investigations

Disciplinary proceedings: Professional discipline matters in the Occupational Division of the NSW Civil & Administrative Decisions Tribunal