Employment and Workplace Lawyers For More Than Just Employment Contracts

Workplace & Employment Law

When it comes to finding a workplace and employment lawyer, Melbourne clients want to be sure they are dealing with a professional and skilled team of experts who will work to achieve an efficient and positive outcome for every case. That is why clients from across Victoria and right around Australia have been turning to Aitken Partners for nearly 100 years.

Our Employment & Workplace Law Team has expertise in all matters affecting the employment relationship throughout Australia. Stephen Curtain, who heads our team, has again been rated by Best Lawyers in this field.

  • Industrial law
    • Negotiation and certification of enterprise agreements with unions
    • Urgent advice and representation on industrial action (eg strike, picketing)
    • Union rights of workplace entry
    • Advice on award interpretation and compliance
    • Defending claims (eg underpayments, unfair dismissal, general protections) in all Courts and the Fair Work Commission
  • Employment
    • Drafting and advising on contracts of employment
    • Drafting policies, (eg performance and misconduct, alcohol and drug testing, fitness for duty, equal employment opportunity and diversity, privacy, social media
    • Executive disputes eg post-employment restraint of trade, shares, commissions, reasonable notice, defamation, corporate governance, white collar crime
    • Copyright and patent issues arising in the employment relationship
    • Applications for temporary and permanent working visas, advice on overseas secondments
  • Occupational Health and Safety
    • Defending WorkSafe prosecutions in the Magistrates and County Court
    • Representation at coronial inquests
    • Drafting relevant OH&S policies eg fitness for duty alcohol and drug testing, manual handling, working from heights
    • Advice on all relevant environmental laws affecting workplace safety
  • Workers’ compensation
    • Advising self-insured employers on claims management strategies
    • Advising all employers on strategies to reduce WorkCover insurance premium
    • Advising employers insured under the WorkCover scheme on how best to manage WorkCover
  • Workplace Investigations
    • We can conduct workplace investigations or instruct a suitably legally qualified workplace investigator
    • Liaising with appropriate experts for accounting fraud, computer fraud, false WorkCover claims, or any other case of dishonest conduct
    • Issue civil proceedings to recover losses against an employee or other party, including urgent Court application to freeze assets and search property
    • Advice on all aspects of criminal procedure, liaising with regulatory authorities such as Victoria Police, Australia Federal Police, ACCC, ASIC

So when it comes to finding a qualified employment lawyer in Melbourne, make sure you contact the respected and trusted staff at Aitken Partners today.

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    Employment Lawyer Melbourne

    At Aitken Partners we have a comprehensive understanding of employment and workplace law, helping clients from a range of industries to find swift, mutually beneficial and respectful outcomes to disputes, settlements or other legal matters.

    After an initial consultation with our employment lawyers, Melbourne clients will be able to have peace of mind, knowing their matter is in capable and qualified hands.

    At Aitken Partners we pride ourselves on being the firm that all Victorians turn to when they are in need of compassionate and efficient legal services. We’re a local law firm, standing up for the needs and voices of communities across the state and right around the country.

    Along with in-demand employment lawyers, we also employ leading teams of compulsory acquisition lawyers, child custody experts, family law solicitors, divorce attorneys and lawyers and immigration consultants. We are always in your corner, providing an open, honest and relatable legal advice and guidance.

    For more information on our work in employment law, as well as common disputes and other legal matters, simply call Aitken Partners today.

    Qualified and Trusted Workplace Lawyers in Melbourne

    Working tirelessly for our clients, the staff here at Aitken Partners are proud to be recognised as some of the most respected and professional workplace layers across Melbourne.

    We are aware how complex workplace law can seem to those with little or no experience of it, which is why we take the time to ensure that our clients are fully aware of where their case stands, and what options are open to them.

    Seek Representation from a Respected Employment Law Firm in Melbourne

    As a sought-after employment law firm in Melbourne, the Aitken Partners staff understand that each of our clients will arrive with a different set of needs and concerns. That is why we take the time to provide them with understanding and attentive legal services, ensuring they feel supported throughout the length of their given legal proceedings.

    To arrange a consultation with our qualified and respected staff of employment lawyers, Melbourne clients can call the Aitken Partners offices on +61 8600 6080.

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    Our team includes lawyers who are either independently rated for their expertise or are accredited specialists in Aged Care & Health, Commercial Law, Commercial Litigation, Corporate/Governance Practice, Corporate Law, Labour and Employment Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Migration Law, Real Property Law, Wealth Management/Succession Planning Practice and Wills & Estates.

    • Eric L

      Susan Ilias and Karen Urquhart have been working on my complex family law case for three years. Yesterday, we finally signed the final parenting orders and I couldn’t be more relieved and excited. The dedication Karen and Susan put into my case was astonishing, and even though they had 50 other matters running at the same time, I always felt like I was their only client. These two truly are the dream team. Susan is incredibly empathetic to the pain and stress this case has caused, and even though she spent most of the three years trying to calm me down she still never hesitated to tell me when something was a ‘bad decision’ and offered her ‘strong advice’ to take a breath and we would deal with it tomorrow. You can’t sneak anything past Karen. She is on top of every filing, every motion, every detail, every copy of an email, everything. I would have been so in the dark if it weren’t for Karen and her constant and clear communication. Susan told me very early on that ‘no one is ever happy with the outcome of a family law case’. That may be true. I may not have got a perfect outcome, but I got the outcome that was perfect for me and my son. The dream team truly are life changers, and worth the investment of time, money and most importantly, trust. Please, if you need family law representation, call Susan… To quote from our first meeting together, “Eric, I’m your armour now”. I truly believe that without Susan and Karen, I would still not have had the incredible outcome I got yesterday. Thank you so much Dream Team, you’ll never know the impact of what you have done.

    • LW

      I was highly impressed with Aitken Partners.  Their advice was well placed, diligent and persistently excellent. They kept me well informed and updated every step of the way.

      My team was more than adequate to handle a very difficult situation and after a long hard journey we reached a satisfactory conclusion with Justice being served.

      Aitken’s are a powerful firm with expert advice and I confidently recommend them. 

    • JS & SW

      We located Lizia Lim via STEP.  From the first moment we made contact and explained the urgency of our estate situation, Lizia immediately came to our aid and provided exceptional advice and support throughout each stage of the process.  Lizia’s technical expertise, attention to detail and personal commitment were outstanding.

      We are truly grateful and highly recommend Lizia for estate litigation matters in Victoria.

    • Jennifer

      Aitken Partners has been my choice of firm for my business for over 6 years now. They have helped me with many aspects of business including; writing employee contracts, franchise agreements, termination of contracts, etc. Sarah Ward and her team are patient, understanding and very thorough.

    • Loren

      Excellent service provided for resolving financial fraud case. Charged under $10K for me to receive over $100K. Highly recommended.

    • Jeremy

      Extremely helpful, used a few firms prior to Aitken. Easy to deal with, prompt replies, very reasonable charges. Would recommend to anyone.

    • Michael

      We have been a client of Aitken Partners for over 10 years and have found the level of service and advice to be of the highest professional standard. We highly recommend the firm.

    • Peter

      I have worked for and have had Aitken Partners work for me for many years and have found their service goes the extra mile, they are not afraid to tackle difficult issues and have a wide depth of knowledge that has assisted me and my clients to some excellent results, I can highly recommend them.

    • Issa

      Thanks Aitken Partners team for helping us with this hard situation of compulsory land acquisition. Very comfortable to deal with Andrew Blogg.

    • Mary

      Aitken Partners is the only family law lawyers I will trust, after having the misfortune of seeking help from other lawyers who without conscience, robbed me blind and did more harm than good for my family law case by doing a really bad job. [They] did a great job getting me almost everything I was seeking for. Very thorough and professional, their tactical approach left myself and my partner impressed that we only recommend them to our friends who need family law help because we know they will be in good competent hands.

    • Richard

      I have had the opportunity to work with several practitioners across the firm and I am always amazed at the way they treat people – I have always left with a plan of action and with them giving me a commercial outcome. Some law firms I have used in 27 years in business, make you feel like they see dollar signs not clients, these people don’t. There is a chap there Andrew Blogg, who is ultra commercial and tells you if he thinks you are wasting your time. Sensible fellow!!

    • Ching

      Robert Bradley and his team have helped my family with a property enquiry couple years ago. They are now helping us with a very complicated property matter (concerning compulsory acquisition, overlay and tenants in common dispute). They have shown a tremendous amount of care and diligence in their advice and approach to our problem, and have made more progress in the last 6 months than a previous law firm (refered by accountant) did the two years prior. We know we’re in good hands, and would not hesitate to recommend their services.

    • Victoria

      When I first contacted Aitken Partners in relation to a family law matter, I was extremely fragile and scared. The two solicitors who worked on my file were professional, empathetic and kind throughout the whole process. They were very patient with me when I was confused or hesitant and never ever made me feel like a dill when I didn’t understand something. Thanks to them both, I have now settled and can get on with my life.

    • Richard

      The first set of family lawyers who treated me like they cared and that I wasn’t just a file… the advice was patient and he took the time to understand my issue.

      Particularly important for me was that I would not be laughed at for my religious beliefs. In every other firm I could sense a smirk when I spoke about it. When I spoke with David he listened and respectfully told me why it wasn’t relevant. He also explained things in a way that made perfect sense. Although my matter is probably a small one he was friendly and courteous and his assistant was efficient and polite.

      I highly appreciate and recommend

    • Michael

      I am writing to thank you and your team, who were involved in the compulsory acquisition of my mother’s property. Like most laypersons I was not aware of the requirements, nor procedures of this type of action by the Government.

      Certainly the work performed in respect to the acquisition was always clearly related to me and any questions were promptly answered. You and your team were always patient and friendly to deal with and were understanding of the fact that I had the death and Probate of my mother’s will to deal with at the same time.

      Thank you for your assistance.

    • David

      ‘Linda Hart was very helpful and gave me the best possible legal advice in the time we met. I would definitely recommend her services to anyone.’

    • Sharon & Ted

      Linda Hart at Aitken Partners was recommended to us by a friend and we weren’t disappointed. She was attentive, very professional and answered all of our questions in a concise and thoughtful manner. She made the process of making our wills straightforward and stress-free. Most importantly, Linda made us feel completely at ease about our decisions.

    • Monika

      My experience with Linda at Aitken Partners has been seamless, from booking meeting times through to signing of the completed will and powers of attorney. Linda helped make the creation of these documents simple and easy, with no stress or complication. Thank you for your professionalism and courtesy that helped put me at ease with what was a daunting task for me.

    • Samantha

      I just want to express my appreciation for the smooth, efficient and professional way you handled the task of Giles’ and my Wills. I am particular grateful that you were empathetic to the fact that we at imminent travel plans at the time, and worked tirelessly with Shona to achieve an expedited completion of tasks, prior to our overseas trip. You were attentive to our particular needs, and this was reflected in all the correspondence between us.

      I plan to work with you again, to develop my mother’s will and medical power of attorney in the near future.

    • Jen Flack

      Your service was exceptional. In a time where I felt completely lost after the passing of my father, you and the team at Aitken Partners were courteous, respectful and professional. You were clear and concise with all information and always kept me in the loop to alleviate any concerns I may have had. Despite me leaving the country my matter was still processed in a timely manner. I would recommend your services to anyone who may be seeking legal advice and thank you dearly for your professionalism and understanding.