Seyfarth was listed as a recommended law firm in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 rankings for Employment Law (Tier 1) and Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) in Australia. Notably, Seyfarth's Darren Perry (Sydney) was named to this year's "Hall of Fame" class.
In addition, Seyfarth lawyers Chris Gardner (Melbourne), Henry Skene (Melbourne), and Paul Cutrone (Sydney) were individually recognized as "Leading Lawyers", and Ben Dudley (Sydney) and Erin Hawthorne (Melbourne) were recognized as "Next Generation Lawyers." Justine Giuliani (Melbourne) was recognized as a "Rising Star" in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021's guide to outstanding lawyers in Asia Pacific.
According to the guide, Maintaining its position as a market leader in this space, Seyfarth Shaw LLP provides highly sophisticated advice across employment and industrial relations work. It is at home acting on highly significant advisory matters as well as representing top clients in complex and high-profile litigation. Darren Perry heads up the practice from Sydney and is a market leader in industrial relations strategy and complex employment litigation. Two other market heavyweights (in the Melbourne team) include Chris Gardner, a highly regarded expert in enterprise bargaining, and Henry Skene, a leading name in workplace reform. Another name to note in Melbourne is Michael Tamvakologos, an expert in workplace strategy development work with additional experience in employment restraints. Other experienced team members with active practices include Erin Hawthorne in Melbourne, and Ben Dudley and Rachel Bernasconi in Sydney. A senior associate with a burgeoning Melbourne-based practice is Justine Giuliani, whose expertise includes post-employment restraint matters. You can read more here.
The rankings' WHS category states, Seyfarth Shaw LLP combines a strong domestic WHS practice with notable cross-border expertise. In addition to deep experience handling incident response, the team has expertise in a range of advisory areas, such as risk analysis, delivering training sessions and post-incident support. The team is jointly led by international employment law practitioner Darren Perry and Paul Cutrone, whose client base includes multinational companies and who has advised on a number of cross-border matters. Penny Stevens, who joined from Sparke Helmore Lawyers, heads the Melbourne practice. Another key name is Sarah Goodhew, who was promoted to partner in January 2020 and whose client base is made up predominantly of clients in the resources, retail and transport sectors. The practice has expanded with the addition of Marissa Dreher (counsel), Gina Carosi (senior associate) and Sam Gray (associate) who have joined the Melbourne WHS practice. Senior associate Sam Witton has left the practice. You can read more here.
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