Areas of Expertise

Nick began his workplace relations career at Linfox Australia Pty Ltd, Australia’s largest privately held logistics company. After over 5 years in senior workplace relations roles, Nick transitioned into an in-house employment lawyer position before moving into private legal practice.

Nick’s clients value his combination of in-house and private practice experience and the practical approach that he brings to the workplace relations team. His depth of experience, both industrial and legal, provides his clients with the confidence that he is assisting them in achieving the best possible outcome for the businesses.

Nick retains an interest in the logistics industry and works with a number of transport and logistics companies.

 

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Diploma in Law (Legal Profession Admission Board)

  • Bachelor of Exercise Science (Human Movement) (University of Wollongong)

  • Graduate Diploma (Educational Studies) (University of Sydney)

  • Member - Law Society of NSW

 

A word from Nick

“I love delivering practical and high quality advice that is aimed at delivering both short and long-term goals for our clients. It’s why I enjoy taking the time to understand my clients’ businesses and their strategic objectives and then working with them to achieve those objectives.  

I like to think that by having worked across different roles and industries that I tackle things from many different angles.

Working with my team, and our clients, at Bartier Perry only hones this approach more. The approach is always about working closely together to get the right results for our clients, whilst also being technically correct at law. Obtaining that balance is what I think we do really well".

 

Career highlights

  • Successfully defending a claim of disability discrimination in education and victimisation against a NSW government agency in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Confident that they did not discriminate against the applicants, my client elected to defend the proceedings. This resulted in the applicants withdrawing their applications at the commencement of the hearing and before my client’s witnesses were subjected to cross-examination.

  • Successfully defending a claim for unpaid allowances arising from the operation of an award which was incorporated into the enterprise agreement. I was able to argue that the dispute was beyond the jurisdiction of the Fair Work Commission. As a consequence my client was not liable for the underpayments claimed by the Union (on behalf of the employees).

  • Successfully resolving claims arising from the operation of the Transport Industry (State) Contract Determination and the Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Act 2005 (Vic). The successful resolution of these claims provided my clients with certainty moving forward, in many cases, in circumstances where the contractor was still engaged.

  • Working with my clients to implement workplace improvement strategies and then resolving disputes with their employees and relevant unions about the interpretation and effect of the relevant industrial instrument.

 

Specific areas of focus

  • Outcomes that deliver both short and long-term value to clients.

  • Disciplinary and dismissal advice, including unfair dismissal action; unlawful discrimination, adverse action, workplace change and redundancy negotiation and litigation.

  • Advocacy in tribunals in employment, workplace relations and anti-discrimination.

  • All aspects of employment and workplace relations litigation including judicial review.

  • Advising on and interpreting industrial instruments including awards and enterprise agreements, and legislation.