Harriet Eager
Partner, Sydney
I advise clients on the full spectrum of employment, industrial and safety issues. My diverse practice is built around developing deep relationships with clients through understanding their business and the demands of their stakeholders.

I work with clients on day-to-day issues and also help them develop short and long-term employment and industrial strategies. I have particular expertise in enterprise agreement negotiations and strategy; restructuring and outsourcing; strategic litigation; executive remuneration; complaints handling; and safety.

Career highlights

  • Assisted with several large-scale, high-stakes enterprise agreement negotiations, particularly in the banking and finance sector
  • Acted in several contentious unfair dismissal, general protections and breach of contract claims, including matters where employees sought injunctions for interim reinstatement or to prevent termination of employment
  • Assisted several ASX 100 organisations with their executive remuneration arrangements, including advising on obtaining shareholder approval for paying benefits under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)
  • Worked closely with MinterEllison’s Construction team in relation to safety issues, contractual arrangements required for large-scale construction projects, and arrangements with principal contractors
  • Managed workplace incidents and their consequences, including investigations, coronial inquires and prosecutions
  • Advised universities and other higher education providers on various matters, including enterprise agreements; disputes and complaints involving students and staff; misconduct and disciplinary procedures; protected disclosure; requests under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW); NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal proceedings; Independent Commission Against Corruption and the NSW Ombudsman inquiries; and transfer of business
  • Regularly attended the annual Society of University Lawyers conference and regularly contribute to MinterEllison’s Higher Education Focus publication
  • Dealt with unions in enterprise agreement negotiations, disputes and industrial action, including the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union; the Maritime Union of Australia; the Australian Workers’ Union; the Finance Sector Union; and the National Tertiary Sector Union
  • Trained boards, human resources professionals, company officers, managers and staff members about a range of matters, including safety, due diligence, appropriate workplace behaviour, performance management, ‘year in review’ and investigations