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Adam Foster

senior associate, employment, safety and migration

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about Adam

Acting as the voice of reason, Adam provides an objective perspective for his clients, armed with a solutions-focused mindset and the strategic capabilities to achieve them.

“Work is such a big part of people’s lives. It is important to help people find the solutions they need, especially when it’s the best result possible from what can be a pretty fractious situation.”

Adam’s advice to his clients is always based on understanding who they are and what they do. His ultimate aim is to help improve workplace relationships to the benefit of the business and its employees.

Adam’s particular focus is on the not for profit and education sector, and he enjoys being able to use his legal skills to help organisations improve their operations, which in turn helps them achieve their greater mission goals.

Areas of Expertise

advice on employment terms and conditions
award interpretation
employment agreements
general occupation, health and safety
managing staff/volunteers
terminations
unfair dismissals
workplace disputes

industries

education
not for profit

recent experience

  • strategic advice for school principal's termination

    Adam advised independent school board directors around the termination of the school’s Principal, providing the clients with a strategy on how to execute the Principal’s removal. Managing various relationship tensions as well as the timing of the exit, Adam’s strategic advice saw the termination coincide with the school holidays, minimising the disruption during the school term. Adam was also able to resolve this matter without the school having to pay further compensation to the exiting Principal. This was important to the clients are they were concerned it could send a message to other staff about performance and a message to the school community about the Board, regarding their management of staff appointments.

  • streamlining of employment framework

    A client had experienced significant growth in its services and staff but it had not evolved its employment framework to match this growth. By understanding the client’s goal to streamline its frameworks and operations, Adam successfully consolidated various sections of the client’s operations. This included managing union representatives while redeploying staff to different roles, making some managers redundant, performance managing out other staff, and classifying staff correctly in line with Award rates of pay. Adam and team helped implement new employment contracts with uniform conditions and tailored provisions to meet the ongoing training and registrations needs. This resulted in cost reductions and increased consistency and efficiency in the client’s business.

  • new career after executive termination

    Adam found a practical solution for a CEO who had been offered a new employment contract an opportunities in a new business but was at risk of breaching a restraint of trade agreement. Understanding the client’s need to move without restriction, Adam recommended a strategic move to a competitor that effectively worked around the restraint provisions and allowed the client to move on to a new career.