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Victoria Hepburn
Partner
As an employment and IR lawyer my practice is centred around people. I thrive on helping those in HR, Legal, Risk, C-Suite roles and on Boards ensure their businesses are compliant with workplace laws, adopt appropriate industrial relations strategies, manage change programs, implement business protection initiatives, and (where necessary) help resolve disputes. I also regularly conduct in house training sessions on workplace relations matters and defensible decision making.
  • +61 7 3119 6466
  • +61 421 587 424

I have acted predominantly, but not exclusively, for employers in NZ and Australia for over 15 years in the public and private sectors and in industries including State & Local Government, Health, Aged Care, Education, Agribusiness, Finance, Insurance and Tech.

From a history at the blended bar in NZ and a strong public sector practice I also have a not so secret passion for administrative law.

Career Highlights

  • Advising numerous employers on strategic Industrial Relations matters, Union engagement, Enterprise agreement negotiations, termination of agreements and business structuring across a number of sectors
  • Acting for professional services firms and medical partnerships in partnership dissolutions and contentious disputes
  • Acting for various Federal, State and Local Government departments and statutory bodies in defence of administrative decision making including in the Administrative Appeal Tribunal and the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Advising on large public sector change programmes involving various stakeholders and unions
  • Repeatedly enforcing comprehensive restraints in both the State and Federal Courts for a large national insurer
  • Successfully defending Ramsay Healthcare in a class action led by the Queensland Nurses Union claiming all 24/7 rostered nursing staff were entitled to all gazetted public holidays whether or not they had rostered or ordinary hours
  • Successfully defending Blue Care in a large classification and demarcation dispute in relation to unregistered care workers
  • ProBono work with the Domestic Violence Action Centre, Basic Rights Queensland and many more.