Andrew Gray

Andrew Gray

Andrew Gray is a partner in the King & Wood Mallesons Employee Relations & Safety Group. Andrew specialises in all aspects of workplace relations and employment law including:

  • Business restructuring - managing redundancies and workplace change
  • Individual and collective employment agreements (with particular expertise in executive employment arrangements)
  • Executive Remuneration and termination benefits
  • Agreements for the protection of confidential information, intellectual property and non-compete provisions and the enforcement of these arrangements
  • Managing legal risks associated with the termination of employment
  • Strategic industrial relations advice - responding to industrial disputes
  • Employment related grievances, disputes and litigation
  • Employment and industrial relations issues arising in mergers, acquisitions and outsourcing transactions
  • Employment issues arising in insolvency situations
  • Compliance with discrimination/equal opportunity laws and defending clients in the resolution of sensitive disputes in this area
  • Compliance with occupational health and safety laws, assisting clients with investigations and prosecutions under OHS laws
  • Workplace culture and privacy issues.
  • According to Chambers Global Guide 2009, "Andrew is praised as 'an impressive lawyer who is very accessible, easy to deal with and always meets deadlines'..."

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Recent Matters

  • Advising both domestic and international clients on the implications of Federal workplace relations legislation (including both Labor's Fair Work Act and WorkChoices) including Xstrata, Nestle, Citigroup, Chubb, Moody's, Sensis, GrainCorp and McKinsey & Company and Microsoft among others
  • Advising Xstrata on the employment/IR aspects of its restructuring and integration of the Mt Isa Mines business globally including the redundancy program implemented at MIMs Brisbane headquarters
  • Advising Primary Health Care on its head office restructuring following its acquisition of Symbion Health
  • Advising Colgate-Palmolive on redundancy programs in their production plants
  • Advising several corporate clients on sensitive executive level separations including Westpac, Xstrata, Infigen Energy, Downer EDI, BG/QGC and nib among others
  • Advising the Agricultural Bank of China on employment law issues associated with its Australian branch office
  • Advising corporate clients including Xstrata, Westpac, BlueScope Steel, NAB, Telstra, GrainCorp, Macquarie Group, CVC, CHAMP, Ernst & Young and AMP on industrial relations and employment issues associated with the sale, purchase and restructuring of businesses (including outsourcing of activities) in a range of industries including mining, construction, electricity, telecommunications, finance and the services sector
  • Acting for clients including Westpac, UGL, Lion, Fairfax, GrainCorp, Nestle, Chubb, Otis, Ernst & Young, Sensis and PwC in defending employment related litigation in courts and industrial tribunals in State and Federal industrial tribunals
  • Advising "blue chip" clients including BHP Billiton, Tabcorp, Echo Entertainment, Westfield and others on the harmonisation of work health and safety laws
  • Representing corporate clients in their successful defence of prosecutions under the Occupational Health & Safety Act (NSW) arising out of workplace fatalities including proceedings before the Full Bench of the Industrial Court of New South Wales.

Memberships

  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Australian Labour Law Association.

Experience

  • 1996: Bachelor of Economics degree, University of Newcastle
  • 1997: Summer Clerk, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney
  • 1999: Bachelor of Laws degree (Honours, Class I), Diploma of Legal Practice, University of Newcastle
  • 1999: Admitted as a Solicitor in New South Wales
  • 1999 - 2003: Solicitor, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney
  • 2003 - 2006: Senior Associate, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney
  • 2006 - 2006: Special Counsel, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney
  • 2007 - 2012: Partner, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney
  • 2012 - present: Partner, King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney.

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Legal insights

The Federal Parliament has passed the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Bill 2018 (Bill) to amend Australia’s corporate whistleblower regime.

28 February 2019

Employers should maintain consistent disciplinary outcomes for similar conduct across its workforce to minimise exposure to unfair dismissal proceedings.

21 December 2018

An employee’s mistaken belief that their employment had been terminated could not transform the resulting termination of employment into one that occurred at the initiative of their employer.

21 December 2018

The Federal Circuit Court of Australia imposed significant penalties on an employer for failing to pay an employee parental leave and providing false documents to the Fair Work Ombudsman.

09 October 2018