Ross Jackson has more than 20 years’ experience in employment matters and has been a partner of the firm since 1989.
Ross acts for public and private sector organisations in all employment-related matters including strategic workplace relations and human resource management issues, terminations and anti-discrimination claims, occupational health and safety matters, and negotiation and drafting of individual and collective employment agreements.
Ross appears regularly as an advocate before the courts and federal and state employment and anti-discrimination Commissions and Tribunals. He is known for his particular expertise in public sector industry matters, and has successfully represented employers, including the State of Victoria, in each of these jurisdictions. Clients include major State and Commonwealth Government departments, statutory authorities and both public and private companies.
Ross is highly regarded in the industry and has been awarded the following rankings:
- Best Lawyers Australia – recommended for Labour and Employment 2013-2018
- Chambers Asia-Pacific 2012- 2017 – ranked for Employment, clients say ‘He is very good for sensitive and complex negotiations and mediations in the employment space’
- Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015 – recommended for Employment
- Doyle’s Guide 2013-2017 – listed as a leading lawyer for Employment
- Recommended for Employment in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2013
- Recommended in the Labour and Employee Benefits area of PLC Which Lawyer? 2012
- Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2011.
- Advocacy (particularly Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and Fair Work Australia)
- Disciplinary Tribunals
- Industrial Relations
- Occupational Health & Safety
- Represented the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Developments in major test cases involving the Government’s Program for Students with Disabilities before VCAT and the Federal and Supreme Courts.
- Represented Leo Cussen Institute in defending discrimination proceedings.
- Successfully represented Whitehorse City Council at VCAT in defending a discrimination claim in Drew v Whitehorse City Council VCAT A87/2009.
- Represented Victoria Police in defending racial discrimination claims.
- Advises and represents public sector clients in discrimination in provision of services claims.
- Represents major Commonwealth and State Government departments, including acting for the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development for more than 17 years, in various employment matters, including disciplinary investigations, tribunals and Federal Court proceedings.
- Advised numerous public sector entities on outsourcing and transfer of business-related issues.
- Advises clients generally on employment-related issues including misconduct, out of hours conduct, selection grievances and workplace injury and stress claims, and defending unfair dismissal and general protections claims.
- Continuing to advise the majority of Victoria’s councils on a range of HR/IR matters, including politically delicate matters such as sexual harassment claims and executive terminations.
- Represented numerous clients (including VicRoads, EPA, Councils and government departments) defending breach of contract and/or industrial instrument claims and grievances.
- Represents clients (including educational institutions, government departments and agencies and councils) in all industrial and employment-related matters, including enterprise bargaining and other matters involving Unions, and commissioning and managing relevant investigations.
- Represented AMES in various industrial and employment-related matters, current enterprise bargaining and other matters involving the CPSU and AEU.
- Advised Energy Safe Victoria on industrial strategy around restructuring, including consultation, redeployment and redundancy.
- Led the Maddocks national team in devising and implementing a strategy for a global retailer to collapse numerous industrial instruments into two, covering its entire Australian workforce.
- Advised numerous public and private sector clients on the strategic and operational implications of the Fair Work Act 2009, including advising on good faith bargaining, representing clients defending ‘adverse action’ claims and drafting workplace agreements.
- Represents clients in dispute resolution proceedings at the Fair Work Commission.
Occupational health & safety
- Successfully defended Monash City Council against charges laid under the Occupational Health & Safety Act 2004 following a road works fatality.
- Defended a Victorian Government department against prosecution proceedings.