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Providing strategic advice on expansion structures November 16, 2018

Founded in Bondi Beach in 2012, Bailey Nelson has rapidly grown into a global eyewear retailer and service provider with boutiques in Australia, London, Canada and New Zealand. The strong demand for their products and … Continued

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Maddocks appointed to Commonwealth Government legal services panel August 19, 2019

Monday 19 August 2019 The strong growth of Maddocks in Canberra has been given a further boost by the firm’s appointment to the new Commonwealth Legal Services Panel. The Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department announced the successful … Continued

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Can you avoid an arbitration agreement for ‘convenience? August 22, 2019

Disputes arising from construction and infrastructure projects typically involve multiple contractual relationships, often triggering separate disputes between principal and head contractor, principal and superintendent and head contractor and subcontractor (amongst others). While the most efficient … Continued

Ross Jackson Partner


Ross Jackson acts for public and private sector organisations in all employment-related matters, including strategic industrial relations and human resource management issues, terminations and anti-discrimination claims, work health and safety matters, and negotiation and drafting of enterprise agreements and executive contracts.

Ross has a long history 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 Government departments, statutory authorities and both public and private companies.

Ross has more than 20 years’ experience in employment matters and has been a partner of the firm for more than 25 years. He has worked at Maddocks since 1985 and is currently a Board Member of Maddocks.

Ross is highly regarded in the industry and has been awarded the following rankings:

  • Best Lawyers in Australia – recommended for Labour and Employment 2013-2019
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific 2012- 2019 – ranked for Employment, clients say ‘He is very good for sensitive and complex negotiations and mediations in the employment space’
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 – recommended for Employment
  • Doyle’s Guide 2013-2019 – listed as a leading lawyer for Employment

Relevant experience

  • Employment advice – advising on executive employment, executive terminations, contracts and contractual disputes and litigation.
  • General protections issues – advising clients on managing workplace complaints to avoid claims and, where necessary, strategising to reduce liability in litigation.
  • Enterprise bargaining – advising and representing employers in industrial strategy, bargaining and responding to industrial action.
  • Human resources issues – investigating and resolving instances of employee misconduct through disciplinary action, unfair dismissals, performance management and conflict resolution.
  • Disciplinary investigations and hearings – representing public sector bodies for over 20 years in disciplinary matters, including as advocate.
  • Restructures – many years’ experience advising on consultation obligations, redeployment, redundancy and related issues in this complex area.
  • Discrimination – representing and advising employers on claims of sexual harassment, and direct and indirect discrimination under both state and federal legislation.