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Stella Fordham

senior associate, employment, safety and migration

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about Stella

melbourne office +61 3 9208 9867

about Stella

After commencing her legal career as a graduate lawyer at Macpherson Kelley, Stella Fordham quickly realised her aspirations in employment law and joined the Employment, Safety and Migration team soon after.

Stella is committed to providing practical and strategic advice, tailored to the needs of each client. Always being approachable and available is of particular importance to Stella when assisting clients.

“Whether we are acting for our clients in a protracted litigation or providing advisory assistance, our objective is always to achieve the best outcome for our clients”

Whilst Stella enjoys working across all areas of employment law, her focus is on assisting clients with employment disputes and resolutions.

Areas of Expertise

  • Employment and independent contractor engagements
  • Employment disputes, including unfair dismissal
  • Employment separations
  • General protections and unlawful termination claims
  • General employment advice
  • Industrial advice
  • Organisational restructures and redundancies
  • Post-employment obligations and restraints
  • Workplace health and safety

recent experience

  • a successful outcome in a high-profile unlawful termination claim

    Stella assisted a high-profile athlete to reach a confidential settlement with his former employer after a public legal battle concerning the termination of his employment. The client was terminated by his former employer for alleged misconduct arising out of his activity on social media. With our assistance, the client was able to resolve the unlawful termination claim without the time and stress associated with prolonged litigation.

  • an easy exit for an executive

    Stella helped facilitate the exit of a senior executive from their employment after being subjected to bullying and harassment in the workplace. The client was able to separate from the business on a commercial basis, as a result of a confidential settlement arrangement.

  • standing strong against an alleged unfair dismissal claim

    Stella and the team were able to avoid an unfair dismissal hearing at the Fair Work Commission, including extensive cross-examination of a  corporate client and its employees. Stella assisted in preparing a comprehensive response and extensive evidence, which ultimately led to the applicant agreeing to withdraw the claim.

  • restraining the unrestrained

    Stella and the team successfully restrained a former contractor of a client from soliciting customers away from the business. As a result of our correspondence, the client was able to retain its customers and avoid significant financial loss associated with a breach of the restraints.