Employment Law

Swanwick Murray Roche provide employment law advice and workplace relations guidance to employers and employees that is both practical and realistic. 

Our Employment Law Services

Our experienced employment and industrial relations disputes lawyers provide advice across Queensland on all employment issues. Some of those industrial relations issues include:

  • reviewing developing workplace issues and providing advice to minimise the impact of any potential industrial action;
  • drafting executive contracts and conducting full reviews of executive contract arrangements;
  • assisting clients to establish contracting and sub-contracting policies, procedures, contracts and related documentation to ensure appropriate contractor relationships are set up;
  • providing advice about the application and meaning of Awards and Collective Agreements;
  • providing support and assistance in disputes by using avenues other than the Fair Work Commission, the State Industrial Commission or court processes and focusing on other methods such as mediation;
  • advising and providing assistance in defending adverse action claims under the Fair Work Act;
  • advising government and business organisations in investigating allegations of misconduct, discrimination, sexual harassment, workplace bullying and other professional misconduct matters;
  • advice regarding redundancies and steps to reduce redundancies or alternative arrangements;
  • conducting complex workplace investigations and producing detailed reports for Management review;
  • advising employers in matters of performance management, capacity and misconduct;
  • drafting and advising on the compliance of Human Resources policies and providing necessary training for employees to achieve maximum legal protection for the employer;
  • advising on the impacts of both the State and Federal legislation involving discrimination. Dealing with complex discrimination and sexual harassment disputes in the Federal and State Commissions and Tribunal. Providing compliance advice and training to assist clients in the presentation of issues;
  • advising on Workplace Health and Safety issues;
  • representing client’s who have been prosecuted for breaches of workplace health and safety;
  • employment termination matters;
  • advising on general employment issues.
Our Points of Difference

We understand that you want (and we will deliver this to you):

  • transparent communication around fees & costs expectations
  • experienced, knowledgeable lawyers who are up to date with changes in the law
  • efficient lawyers who turn around documents as quickly as possible
  • contact when you need it – outside of hours by mobile & email
  • results focused lawyers who develop your deal strategy to get you a result
  • a risk-conscious lawyer who tells you what the risks are and puts in place best practice risk mitigation strategies
  • a lawyer focused on helping your business be the best
  • a lawyer who takes the time to understand your business, goals and objectives
  • one lawyer managing your work within the firm (but supported by a team in case the lawyer is out of action)
  • clear outlining of expectation – from you and us – and meeting those expectations

We know that we can deliver the above. Our current clients are happy with our services and we can provide you with references if need be. If you need a lawyer who is there for you, contact us today. We will be happy to arrange an initial consult to see how we can go about bringing you on board.

Contact us

To discuss your matter confidentially, contact us as follows:

  • call on 07 4931 1888;
  • email on enquiries@smrlaw.com.au
  • visit us at 74 Victoria Parade, Rockhampton, QLD


David Lipke

David Lipke is a partner of our Rockhampton firm overseeing the litigation and insurance division in the firm. His experience includes work in institutional claims, workers compensation and motor accident claims.

Terry Tummon

Terry Tummon is a partner of the firm overseeing the family law division. Terry’s experience includes dealing with property settlement and litigation matters.

Robert Rooney

Robert Rooney is a partner of the firm overseeing the commercial & business, property, wills & estates division. His experience includes commercial transaction and advisory work.

Katina Perren

Katina Perren is a solicitor of the firm, Independent Children’s Lawyer and Separate Representative. Her experience includes work in custody, separation, divorce and property settlement matters.

Nicola Goodwin

Nicola Goodwin is a solicitor of Swanwick Murray Roche practicing in family law, divorce and separation matters, parenting disputes and court applications for family matters.


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