Professional Profile

Career Overview

April 2016 - Present                   Director @ Hynes Legal            

May 2013 - March 2016             Associate Director @ Hynes Legal

April 2012 - May 2013                Senior Associate & Head of Workplace Relations, Health & Safety @ Hynes Lawyers

August 2010 - March 2012        Senior Associate & Team Leader @ Harmers Workplace Lawyers

January 2007 - July 2010            Solicitor @ Harmers Workplace Lawyers

June 2006 - December 2006     Agreements Advisor @ Office of the Employment Advocate


Key Areas of Practice

Business sale or purchase / transfer of business

Change management and redundancy

Compliance audits

Discrimination

Employment contracts (including executive contracts)

Enterprise bargaining

Fair Work Ombudsman investigations and prosecutions

Human resources, employment and industrial relations law

Human resources policies and procedures

Performance management

Termination of employment

Workplace training

Work health and safety


Key Industry Experience 

Aged Care

Community services / NFPs

Engineering

Health & fitness

Hospitality

Labour hire & recruitment

Retail

Start ups

Technology


Professional Activities

Chair Queensland Law Society Industrial Law Committee (2016 - Present; Deputy Chair 2014 - 2016)

Legal Representative / Management Committee Member - Queensland Industrial Relations Society (2015 - Present)

Volunteer solicitor and employment clinic coordinator at Caxton Legal Centre (2009 - Present) 

Member of the Industrial Relations Committee for the QLD Division of Leading Age Services Australia (2012 - 2016) 

QLD representative on the Australian Young Lawyers Committee (2013/2014)

QLD State Councilor for the Australian Human Resources Institute (2012/2013)

President Queensland Young Lawyers Association (2012/2013)

Convener of the Brisbane IR/ER Network Forum for the Australian Human Resources Institute (2011/2012)

Vice President Queensland Young Lawyers association (2011/2012)

Secretary Queensland Young Lawyers Association (2010/2011)


Key Skills 

  • Well developed understanding of the contemporary context of employment and industrial relations law

  • Ability to consider and solve problems in a practical rather than overly legalistic manner

  • Highly developed drafting and analytical skills with a strong client/practical focus

  • Ability to assist clients understand difficult legal concepts and content

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Highly developed business development skills

  • Ability to build client rapport  and gain client trust quickly

  • Ability to work collaboratively  or autonomously as may be required 

  • “Can do/all hands to the pump” attitude

  • Confident, enthusiastic, positive and resilient personality

  • Flexible attitude

  • Leadership & people management skills

  • Event management skills

  • Excellent computer, word processing and research skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Open Practice, File Site, Lawmaster, LexisNexis, Austlii, CCH etc)