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Areas of Expertise

Shawn has almost 30 years’ experience in industrial relations, workplace and employment law.

When working with clients Shawn takes a practical approach and consistently produces timely and effective results. He has experience resolving complex and sensitive employment issues, negotiating, variation and termination of enterprise agreements and advising on industrial instrument interpretation.

His clients span a broad range of industries including local government, transport, hospitality, recreation, waste collection and recycling, cemeteries and crematoria, which complements his extensive experience in private legal practice.

Shawn has successfully represented clients in all industrial tribunals including the Federal Court of Australia, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of NSW, the Fair Work Commission and the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW. He has a comprehensive understanding of the challenges faced by those operating within today’s employment landscape.



  • Bachelor of Commerce – Western Sydney University

  • Bachelor of Laws – University of Technology

  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice – University of Technology

  • Admitted as a legal practitioner in the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia.


What Shawn’s clients say

Shawn is a practical down to earth lawyer who is able to effectively deal and relate to his opponents regards who they are.


A word from Shawn

I am a driven lawyer with a focus on resolving contentious matters in a cost-effective manner. Partnering with my clients is crucial to allow me to be in a position to provide both practical and strategic advice in resolving disputes and assisting clients with their non-contentious matters. With my complementary depth and breadth of expertise, you can rest assured you are in good hands.


Career highlights

  • Represented a national employer in the approval of an enterprise agreement incorporating three states covering Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria

  • Advice with respect to the negotiation and exit of a long term injured employees

  • Representation of a local council in victimisation proceedings before the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW

  • Management of complex litigation in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia involving multiple respondents in a sex discrimination matter.


Specific areas of focus

  • Assisting clients with complex and sensitive matters in industrial relations, workplace and employment law

  • Drafting, negotiating, making variations and terminating enterprise agreements and interpreting awards

  • Representing clients in workplace and employment litigation cases including interlocutory proceedings, and he regularly appearing in the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW and the Fair Work Commission.