Topical and interactive workshops available as a learning module for all Australian businesses.

Employment

Industry surveys describe our employment team as having ‘an impressive depth of talent’, providing ‘timely, practical, pragmatic and principled advice’ where ‘turn around time and advice is the best – value for money guaranteed’. MinterEllison is consistently recognised as having one of the leading employment law practices in Australia, with one of the largest teams – 18 partners and more than 80 lawyers practising in Australia (with an affiliate relationship in Tasmania).

Uniquely for an Australian firm, our employment team is trans-Tasman, pan-Asian and international, with specialist employment lawyers based in our offices in Greater China (Hong Kong and Shanghai), New Zealand (Auckland and Wellington) and the United Kingdom (London). Our international capabilities, with proven experience assisting HR and legal departments working within a global framework, mean we are often the ‘first choice’ for many multinationals.

We advise on employment, industrial relations, human resources, executive remuneration, discrimination, and occupational health and safety law.

We have a reputation for providing sound, strategic advice and applying technical skills to the 'real world' of the workplace. We pride ourselves on getting to know your business – which allows us to understand and provide advice that is useful, commercial and easily implemented.

The issues our clients face give us frequent and indepth exposure to the Fair Work Act and the practical issues it poses for employers. We regard ourselves as thought leaders on the legal and practical implications of the Fair Work Act – for example, the impact of the new enterprise bargaining regime.

The quality of our people and the standard of work we deliver is best demonstrated by the genuine longstanding relationships we have with numerous clients, including Australia Post, Macquarie Group, News Limited, Qantas, SingTel Optus, TRUenergy and Xstrata.

Acquisition of 80% stake in the Beddison Group

Acted for Outsourcing Inc, a Japanese listed entity, on the acquisition of a majority stake (80%) in the Beddison Group, one of Australia's largest privately owned workforce and labour hire specialists in Australia.

Sale of Hussmann Corp to Panasonic Corporation

Advised Panasonic Corporation from an Australian and New Zealand perspective on its acquisition of Hussmann Corporation, a Missouri-based manufacturer of refrigerated display cases and systems for US$1.545 billion.

A$1.55 billion Lloyds Banking Group sale of Capital Finance and BOS International Australia

Acted together with Allen & Overy as joint legal advisers to the Lloyds Banking Group on the sale of its Australian asset finance business, Capital Finance Australia Ltd (CFAL), and its corporate loan portfolio, BOS International Australia Ltd (BOSI) to Westpac Banking Corporation for approximately A$1.55 billion in total.

Port Botany and Port Kembla Transaction

Advised the New South Wales Government (NSW Treasury) on the refinancing of Port Botany and Port Kembla in NSW. The project was unique, involving the contemporaneous refinancing and long term lease of two major Australian ports. Our role included extensive legal analysis of the existing assets and businesses and the regulatory landscape; recommending a transaction structure; drafting special transaction legislation; asset restructuring; preparing extensive interrelated transaction documents; tender process and negotiations; and implementation under legal project management. The project was complex and very significant for NSW, with the transaction widely considered to establish a new benchmark in transaction preparation and execution.

$800m Discovery Point mixed use development

Acting for a wholly owned subsidiary of Frasers Property Australia (formerly Australand Holdings Ltd) on the A$800 million Discovery Point development at Wolli Creek in New South Wales. This 8-hectare mixed use development will feature residential apartments, commercial offices, an integrated retail centre and extensive public and private parklands. We are advising on procurement and OH&S strategies, drafting pro-forma and project specific documentation (such as consultancy agreements and design and construct contracts), assisting in the preparation of the tender conditions, advising on the tendering process and compiling documentation for tender.