Partner

Jamie Wells

Jamie is a market leading employment and industrial relations specialist, with more than 30 years’ experience.

His overarching approach is to fix a problem, and his “practical and commercial approach” is said to have “resolved issues swiftly and with significant savings”. He handles both transactional and advisory work, as well as employment and industrial relations negotiations and disputes.

While it has been said that his “industrial relations expertise is a real strength”, he acts as often in general protections claims, employment termination claims, and discrimination and harassment claims.

Jamie also has niche experience in transaction structuring, with extensive experience in public sector projects, off the back of advising on a large number of major government projects in Queensland over the past 15 years.

Expertise

Jamie’s expertise includes:

  • employment disputes and litigation
  • performance management, disciplinary action, and employment separation
  • enterprise bargaining and industrial disputes
  • executive employment, structuring, and separation
  • employment advisory and compliance
  • employment contracts and policies
  • general protections, discrimination, harassment and bullying
  • post-employment restraints, confidentiality, and intellectual property misuse
  • transfer of business, restructuring and redundancy
  • superannuation guarantee
  • union right of entry
  • health and safety

Recent projects

  • acting for Aurelia Metals in relation to employment and industrial relations issues at Hera and Peak Gold mines
  • acting for Aurizon in defence of Federal Court general protections proceedings
  • advising Cross River Rail Delivery Authority on employment and industrial relations issues on the Cross River Rail project
  • advised on the Energy Queensland merger of Energex and Ergon Energy (Australasian Law Awards, Energy and Resources Deal of the Year)
  • acted for Mt Arthur Coal in Federal Court class action proceedings relating to the status of labour hire employees
  • acting for Alstom Group in enterprise bargaining scope proceedings in the Fair Work Commission
  • acted for Toll Transport in Fair Work Commission disputes relating to the contractual arrangements of owner drivers
  • acting for Tyro Payments in a general protections and related claims involving a former employee

Professional Memberships/Accreditation & Activities

  • Chambers Asia Pacific – Employment
  • Best Lawyers – Labour and Employment Law
  • Best Lawyers – Employee Benefits Law
  • Best Lawyers – Lawyer of the Year 2020 – Employee Benefits Law
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific – Labour and Employment

location

Brisbane

Special Counsel

Daniel Hill