Principal Solicitor
LLB (First Class Honours), BA (Political Science and Gender Studies) (First Class Honours)

Current practice

Alice is an experienced workplace relations practitioner.  Alice advises on all aspects of workplace relations law including equal opportunity, misconduct and performance management issues, termination of employment, industrial relations, organisational policies and occupational health and safety.  Alice also assists clients in managing grievance procedures and internal investigations.  Alice has a strong interest in organisational governance and has provided governance training to public sector boards.  She has also assisted clients to plan, manage and implement organisational change and address broader legal policy issues in the workplace.

Alice regularly conducts and appears in employment, industrial relations and anti-discrimination litigation in the federal courts, the Fair Work Commission and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. 

Alice has an in-depth understanding of the policy and legislative framework that is unique to the public sector, including the application of the Fair Work Act 2009 to public sector entities.  This, combined with her experience working as a lawyer in the private sector, enables Alice to advise and support her clients to minimise risk and achieve practical and cost-effective solutions. 

Experience

Alice has recently completed secondments with the Royal Commission into Family Violence secretariat at the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Industrial Relations Victoria.

Alice has undertaken a range of pro bono work throughout her career, including advising individuals in employment and discrimination disputes (including community legal centre clients) and volunteering as an advocate at the Domestic Violence Roster in the Local Court.  Alice has also been seconded to the Kimberley Land Council in Broome, Western Australia, where she worked in the area of Native Title.

Prior to practising law, Alice worked as a Senior Policy Officer with the NSW Department of Community Services where she was involved in advising on the roll out of a state-wide targeted early intervention service to families with children who are at high risk of entering or escalating within the statutory child protection system and matters which may impact on a child's safety and well-being, including family violence.  This followed time spent in Canberra working in the ACT and federal education departments where she advised on key policy issues with respect to international education and early childhood learning and took up a role as Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of the ACT Department of Education.