Katherine Stewart

Senior Associate

ABOUT KATHERINE

Katherine is passionate about employment law. She knows that a driving factor of a successful business is the capacity to building strong employment relationships and effectively managing disputes that arise.

Before becoming a lawyer, Katherine was engaged as a Workplace Relations Advisor at a professional association. This ‘on the ground’ experience helped to develop Katherine’s practical approach to resolving complex workplace problems.

As a legal practitioner, Katherine has worked extensively with HR managers, business owners and executives across a diverse range of industries from health to construction. She prides herself on her capacity to think laterally whilst maintaining a keen eye for legal detail.

Katherine holds a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne. She is also involved with the Law Institute of Victoria’s Workplace Relations Committee.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Employment disputes and complex dismissals;
  • Managing employee underperformance;
  • Restructuring and workplace change;
  • Unfair dismissal;
  • General protections;
  • Employment contracts and post-employment restraints;
  • Workplace policies and procedures;
  • Protection of confidential information; and
  • Modern Award interpretation.

EXPERIENCE

  • Advising on the restructuring of a multi-site business having regard to industry requirements;
  • Advising on a complex workplace investigation involving inappropriate sexual conduct by an employee;
  • Successfully acting for an employer in an Application for an Order to Stop Bullying and having the matter dismissed before the Fair Work Commission; and
  • Advising on numerous complex employee dismissals, including at a CEO level.

Latest Insights from Katherine

Significant Changes to Casual Employment

Significant Changes to Casual Employment

Significant Changes to Casual Employment By Jessica Hill (Special Counsel), Katherine Stewart (Senior Associate), Velocity LegalThe federal government’s stripped-down Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Act 2021 (Act) recently came...

Significant Changes to Casual Employment

Significant Changes to Casual Employment

Significant Changes to Casual Employment By Jessica Hill (Special Counsel), Katherine Stewart (Senior Associate), Velocity LegalThe federal government’s stripped-down Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Act 2021 (Act) recently came...

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