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Assisting on whole of government technology agreements November 2, 2017

Maddocks advised the Commonwealth Government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) on its whole of government purchasing agreement with SAP. The DTA was set up in 2015 to assist government departments and agencies with digital transformation and … Continued

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Winner of the first William Ah Ket Scholarship announced November 21, 2017

Tuesday 21 November 2017 A solicitor in a Victorian government agency is the first winner of the William Ah Ket Scholarship, a $5,000 prize named after the first barrister of Chinese heritage in Australia. K … Continued

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Maximum term contracts considered by the Commission: has their use expired? December 11, 2017

Last week, in what is a decision with potentially significant implications, the Fair Work Commission Full Bench has overturned the legal principle underpinning the widespread use of maximum term contracts. These contracts are a common … Continued

Lindy Richardson Partner

Background

Lindy has more than 12 years’ experience in advising on employment law. Her areas of focus include industrial relations, employment law, anti-discrimination and occupational health and safety law.

Lindy has advised clients from the private sector and from all levels of government in both Victoria and New South Wales. She is acutely aware of the environment within which government employers work.  She is familiar with Model Litigant Guidelines and Codes of Conduct at all levels of government and understands the need to maintain impeccable standards of probity and ethical behaviour.

She has significant experience in all employment-related litigation, including Fair Work Australia (formerly the Australian Industrial Relations Commission), the Federal Court, the Federal Magistrates Court and VCAT.

Legal Expertise

  • Industrial relations
  • Employment law
  • Anti-discrimination law
  • Occupational health and safety law

Relevant Experience

  • Advised a Victorian Department on many claims of discrimination on the basis of disability.  Work involved assisting the client at VCAT and the Federal Court of Australia.
  • Provided ongoing advice to clients on the interpretation of industrial instruments and contracts of employment. Work included drafting and implementing contracts of employment and enterprise agreements.
  • Advised an accounting company on employment issues in connection with the receivership situation of a major corporation.  Work involved urgent and complex advice on employment-related issues under the Corporations Act 2001, the engagement of independent contractors and advice on transfer of business and redundancies.
  • Assisted several metropolitan councils on outsourcing, insourcing and transfers of business.  Work included complex advice on the transfer of business provisions under the Fair Work Act, interpretation of industrial instruments (including obligations to consult and provide redeployment/ redundancies) and provision of strategic advice on dealing with unions, employee grievances and communications strategies.
  • Advised clients on conciliations and mediations at all courts and tribunals including Fair Work Australia, the NSW Industrial Relations Commission, the Federal Magistrates Court, and the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.
  • Conducted fact finding investigations into grievances and complaints, including by the taking of statements from internal and external witnesses.