Employment Practices Liability

Carter Newell Lawyers is an award winning specialist law firm providing legal advice to Australian and international corporate clients.

Our employment practices liability (EPL) team led by insurance partners Michael GapesMark Brookes, Michael Bath and Ben Hall provide advice in respect of unfair dismissal and general protections claims, discrimination and sexual harassment claims, anti-bullying claims, as well as contractual and Award disputes and enterprise agreements.

The team also has significant experience in relation to investigations and prosecutions including those conducted by workplace health and safety authorities, the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Building and Construction Commissioner.

Our advocacy experience includes defending insureds in the Fair Work Commission, Federal Court, Federal Circuit Court, Australian Human Rights Commission, Anti-discrimination Commission Queensland, Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, Queensland Magistrates Court, Queensland District Court and Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and New South Wales Industrial Relations Commission.

Using experts who handle both employment related claims and insurance claims benefits both insurers and insureds. Carter Newell has the combined expertise of regularly dealing with indemnity issues, as well as pure employment issues of the nature covered by EPL policies. This holistic approach assists our clients in reaching swift and commercially sensible settlements where possible, and taking the appropriate stance on the defence of litigated claims where settlement is unachievable or unjustified.

The Workplace Relations Gazette 5th edition provides insurers, brokers and professional and corporate clients, with recent decisions relating to unfair dismissal, redundancy, adverse action, breach of contract and discrimination. This edition of the Gazette has been created by our specialised industrial and workplace relations team in consultation with our internationally recognised insurance practice.

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