Karli Evans has more than 15 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 thoughtful, cost effective and commercial advice to ensure business objectives are achieved.
Karli’s practice spans the full spectrum of employment law, 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, building and construction, financial services, logistics, resources, energy, health, manufacturing, agribusiness and retail.
As one of Australia’s leading employment litigators, Karli has represented clients in matters of national significance in all courts and tribunals, including the High Court, Federal Court, Supreme Court and Fair Work Commission.
With particular expertise navigating workplace relations in the building industry, Karli has acted for large construction companies and Fair Work Building and Construction in issues including unlawful industrial action, right of entry and 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 is an active contributor to the debate regarding law reform and regularly publishes articles on issues such as the current Productivity Commission inquiry into Australia’s workplace relations framework.
Karli is passionate about creating learning opportunities for clients, and she regularly facilitates workshops and briefings for clients on a broad range of issues, including bargaining essentials, managing workplace investigations, ill and injured workers, outsourcing, labour hire and sham contracting, the implementation of drug and alcohol policies, general protections and bullying claims, issues in social media and confidential information, managing flexible work arrangements and how to deal with government regulators.
- Industrial relations
- Employment law
- Anti-discrimination law
- Listed by Doyle’s Guide 2016 as a Rising Star in Employment & WHS.
- 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.
- Representing Fair Work Building and Construction in various proceedings, including three major cases arising from unlawful industrial action on a $1.2 billion hospital construction site, including obtaining orders for more than $450,000 in penalties against the CFMEU (and individual officials).
- 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.
- Assisting a healthcare sector client with a whistleblower claim involving the mismanagement of medical records, including termination of relevant employees for serious misconduct.
- Advising a major transport company regarding contractor management issues, including outsourcing of operations, labour hire arrangements and ‘sham contracting’ risks.
- 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.
- Advising various public sector entities on compliance issues, including the development and implementation of building codes.