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George brings to his clients a commerciality that goes well beyond legal solutions.
Having experience in building businesses from scratch, George provides a practical and enlightening perspective on the management of the employer-employee relationship, dispute resolution and commercial matters. A successful career in executive leadership roles means he understands that employees are key to the growth, reputation and long term success of any business.
George’s clients vary in size and industry. He works on the ground with his clients to provide guidance on compliance within the increasingly regulatory labor and employment landscape. When problems arise he understands the unique human component that characterises employment law and the complexity of negotiating commercially viable solutions. George also assists clients with negotiating disputes and commercial agreements.
George leads the National Employment, Safety and Migration team and is recognised in legal guides Best Lawyers, The Legal 500 and Doyles Guide. He is also a Victorian State Government Approved and Regular Panel Lawyer.
“Good outcomes rely on being responsive, offering outstanding service, coming up with clever commercial solutions and fighting hard for clients.”
commercial and transactional
proceedings in courts and tribunals
restraint of trade
best lawyers australia, listed labour and employment law lawyer, 2020
legal 500, recommended labour and employment lawyer, 2019
doyles guide, recommended leading employment lawyer, 2018
state government of victoria approved and regular panel lawyer
past president of law students association and australasian law students association, la trobe university
business member, hellenic australian chamber of commerce and industry (hacci)
president, old ivanhoe grammarians football club
A client who purchased a large retail chain of businesses faced a number of issues when the vendor allegedly set up business in competition. Recognising that several elements of this situation clearly reduced the client’s opportunity to realise not only the goodwill of the business but also the purchase price paid, George engaged in a process to determine whether the vendor was actually competing. When that evidence was gathered, he proceeded to sue the vendor for a range of breaches of both commercial and employment agreements. Pressure mounted on the vendor which led to a courtroom door settlement. This was extremely favourable to our client as it provided both a financial benefit and provided our client with time to restore customer and supplier relationships.
George successfully assisted a multinational IT company with the tender for a large scale government contract, negotiating key terms concerning the transfer of employees from the incumbent operator to our client. This was achieved through critical negotiation with the relevant unions, the government and the operator. George’s work on this matter meant that hundreds of employees transferred to our client’s business without industrial unrest and with workforce morale maintained.
A multinational, publicly owned business found itself dealing with a company restructure involving the redeployment and redundancy of over 100 employees. George advised on the restructure strategy for the client to ensure all actions complied with relevant legislation. He also addressed issues such as maintaining employee confidence, keeping management informed and resolving employee concerns as they arose George’s clever commercial solutions meant the client avoided claims against them, disruption to the business and reputational damage to the organisation.
George is frequently called on by people to help them negotiate a broad range of matters. These usually involve matters relating to termination, restraint clauses, termination arrangements including payments, and alleged breaches of sporting codes of conduct. High profile individuals that George has acted for include Dr Lynn Burmeister, basketballer Liz Cambage, and footballers Ahmed Saad and Israel Folau.