Karli Evans has more than 18 years’ experience acting for private and public sector clients in a range of high profile employment and industrial relations matters.
A dedicated lawyer with a proven capacity to build exceptional client relationships, Karli prides herself on providing strategic, cost effective and commercial advice on employee relations strategies.
Karli’s practice spans the full spectrum of workplace relations, including industrial relations and enterprise bargaining, general employment, executive agreements, workplace change, termination and redundancies, HR policies and investigations, confidentiality and restraint of trade, privacy, whistleblowing, equal opportunity, occupational health and safety, bullying and workers’ compensation claims.
Karli has first-rate experience assisting some of Australia’s largest corporations develop and execute comprehensive industrial relations strategies, and has worked across industries including aviation, telecommunications, education, building and construction, financial services, logistics, resources, energy, health, manufacturing, FMCG and retail.
As one of Australia’s leading employment litigators, Karli has represented clients in matters of national significance in all courts and tribunals.
With particular expertise navigating workplace relations in heavily-unionised work environments, Karli has acted for well known Australian brands in relation to issues including unlawful industrial action, bargaining disputes, right of entry, off-shore and labour hire arrangements, Fair Work Act prosecutions and building code compliance.
Karli has a deep understanding of employers’ commercial and operational needs from undertaking several client secondments, including as an in-house legal advisor for Telstra and more recently, the Fair Work Ombudsman.
A regular presenter at industry forums, Karli understands the challenges facing employers in the current regulatory environment. Karli’s recent speaking engagements include presentations on enterprise bargaining, modern awards, general protections, whistleblower reforms, #MeToo and accessorial liability of HR managers at conferences including CLE Paris, TEN Annual Industrial Relations Conference, AHRI and HR Law Masterclass.
- Industrial relations
- Employment law
- Anti-discrimination law
- Listed by Doyle’s Guide 2016 as a Rising Star in Employment & WHS.
- Legal 500 Asia Pacific
- Best Lawyers
- Advising a national logistics provider on multiple unfair dismissal claims issued by the MUA in respect of operations at a seaside port.
- Advising one of Australia’s largest food manufacturers on various disputes with the AMWU regarding the application of their enterprise bargaining agreements.
- Advising the Fair Work Ombudsman on prosecutions for contraventions of the Fair Work Act.
- Advising a national airline carrier on its bargaining strategy for various agreements, including all aspects of operational and legal contingency planning.
- Acting for a major coal mining alliance in protracted industrial disputes arising from enterprise bargaining, including obtaining orders to stop picketing activities.
- Successfully defending a ‘test case’ claim brought against a national airline carrier by a Commonwealth regulator regarding the scope of the application of the Fair Work Act on work undertaken in Australia by foreign cabin crew.
- Advising the Australian Building and Construction Commission in various proceedings over a 10-year period, including obtaining orders for more than $1 million in penalties against the CFMEU (and individual officials) for unlawful industrial action.
- Obtaining a court order for more than $700,000 in damages against the Transport Workers Union (and individual officials) for an Australia-wide strike taken against a national airline carrier.
- Successfully defending a freedom of association claim brought by union delegates regarding the termination of their employment by a national airline carrier following a stop work meeting.
- Representing a major car manufacturer in respect of the termination of union delegates for conduct including harassment and bullying.
- Advising an aged care provider on a whistleblower claim involving the mismanagement of medical records, including termination of relevant employees for serious misconduct.
- Managing a large-scale investigation into serious misconduct for a major energy company regarding inappropriate email usage, including the successful defence of subsequent unfair dismissal claims in the Fair Work Commission.