Nicola is a specialist employment relations lawyer and has practised exclusively in this area for over 10 years, working in both the United Kingdom and Australia.
Nicola acts for both private and public sector clients across the full spectrum of employment relations matters. Nicola has particular experience assisting international clients with Australian domestic employment law issues.
She advises clients on issues ranging from recruitment to termination of employment, enforcement of restrictive covenants and protection of confidential information, managing employee performance and discipline issues, business restructuring and business transfers and advising on the interpretation of modern awards and enterprise agreements.
Nicola regularly conducts litigation for clients, defending unfair dismissal, adverse action and discrimination claims, and bringing and defending restraint of trade claims in the High Court.
In addition to her employment experience, Nicola also regularly assists public sector clients with administrative review matters.
Providing strategic advice to an employer in the energy sector to assist them with negotiating and implementing enterprise agreements.
Modern Award Compliance
Providing advice on modern award compliance and a roll out of new contractual terms to a national building company with over 400 employees.
Australian Employment policy
Advising an international company on employment policy requirements when establishing an Australian subsidiary.
Successfully defending victimisation and discrimination proceedings under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW), with the decision confirmed on appeal.
Medical Device Manufacturer
Successfully protecting a national medical device manufacturer by securing court orders restraining a former employee from soliciting clients, and the prospective competitor company from engaging the individual in their business in Australia, for up to 12 months after termination.
Successfully appealing to the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission against a first instance unfair dismissal application relating to out-of-work conduct.