Laurie has seen the industrial relations and human resource environment evolve with significant changes in legislation, increasing complexity with the need for careful research and detailed preparation for all engagement activities from negotiations to advocacy.
His expertise and no-nonsense common sense approach has earned Laurie a respected role as a sounding board and strategic advisor to senior managers across Australia in every setting from small business to large multinationals. He has a detailed understanding of his clients’ business operations from shop floor to Board room. Many Industry Associations also benefit from Laurie’s advice and representation at both national and individual membership levels.
Laurie works closely with his clients, helping them to effectively engage with their workforce to support their business objectives. Highly developed technical knowledge is combined with rapid responses to changes in industrial legislation on issues impacting clients' operations. His capabilities span every aspect of industrial relations and human resource strategy, workplace regulation and compliance, including drafting policies and enterprise agreements, negotiating, advising, training and coaching.
He has a particular focus with clients on issues relating to what he calls the “employment cycle”, from detailed employment contracts to performance management, terminations and redundancies, which vary according to the clients size and industry.
Laurie has successfully represented clients in Tribunal hearings dealing with ward and wages issues, discrimination claims, disputes, modern awards, unfair dismissals, adverse actions and test cases across Australia.
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Qualifications and Memberships
Australian Institute of Company Directors
Institute of Industrial Advocates Queensland
Queensland Industrial Relations Society
“ Challenging new issues demand practical, realistic solutions specific to each client’s particular needs
and circumstances. My passion lies in taking on the most complex problems and providing clear, straightforward advice and strategies for clients to act on with confidence.”