Norton Rose Fulbright has enlisted a special advocate from an Australian law firm.
Employment and Labor Partner Melinda Bell joins Hall & Wilcox’s Melbourne office.
His arrival follows two partner departures in one week from Norton Rose.
Bell has more than 15 years of experience providing strategic and practical advice on a range of employment law and industrial relations issues for public and private sector clients, Norton Rose said.
His advice covers general employment law, commercial transactions, corporate negotiation and industrial relations, underpayment issues and investigations.
“The new federal government’s industrial relations program is extensive and will have a significant impact on customers. Reforms can pose substantial risk to certain business models, and all businesses will face highly technical changes,” Alison Deitz, associate managing director of Norton Rose Fulbright in Australia, said in a statement.
“In addition to the challenges organizations are facing in managing their workforce in the COVID-19 environment, our customers will experience unprecedented levels of complexity in how they manage workplace risks. .”
Bell has advised US and European companies undertaking mergers and acquisitions in Australia, as well as transactions in the financial services, government, construction, real estate, retail and franchising sectors. She also regularly advises on unfair dismissal, general protections and labor disputes at the Fair Work Commission.
Hall & Wilcox did not respond to request for comment at the time of publication.