EMPLOYMENT

Osborn Law has a wealth of experience in the constantly changing area of employment law. Our respected team regularly assist clients with:

  • Drafting employment contracts
  • Drafting industrial documentation including subcontractor agreements and enterprise agreements
  • Advising and acting on unfair dismissal claims
  • Advising on compliance with workplace laws including the Fair Work Act 2009 and Modern Awards
  • Appearing at Fair Work Australia
  • Advising employers how to deal with workplace issues including disciplining problem employees, redundancies, harassment and bullying complaints.

We can further provide in house training sessions for client employers to assist on dealing with effective performance management, bullying and harassment claims and workplace investigations.

OUR EMPLOYMENT TEAM
Christie Howson
Solicitor Director
Employment & Litigation

Christie Howson brings a wealth of experience to Osborn Law in the constantly changing and ever challenging area of employment law. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Accounting) and has been qualified as a solicitor since 2000.

Christie has practiced extensively in this area for over 18 years and some of the work that she has performed involved the following:

  • Drafting industrial documentation including common law employment contracts, subcontractor agreements and enterprise agreements for a large mining contractor
  • Advising on compliance with workplace laws and in particular, the Fair Work Act 2009 and Modern Award compliance for many industries including manufacturing, black coal, retail, administrative and hospitality
  • Enterprise Agreement negotiations, strategy advice and complying with Fair Work requirements for ratifying
  • Advising on terminating problem employees in order to reduce exposure to an unfair dismissal or general protections claim, including but not limited to performance and conduct issues, redundancy, medical retirement
  • Appearing at Fair Work Australia on behalf of clients to defend unfair dismissal and general protections claims
  • Assisting an engineering client who bought a business to understand the legal obligations of transferring employees
  • Advising a construction client on restraint of trade issues when a senior manager resigned and attempted to solicit clients
  • Appearing in a case for our client which involved in a claim for damages of $750,000.00 in the Federal Court in Queensland for an adverse action claim for breach of the general protections provision of the Fair Work legislation
  • Advising client in the medical field on the use of subcontractor agreements and License agreements
  • Assisting client in the amusement industry to respond to an audit by the Fair Work Ombudsman
  • Conducting an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment
  • Provide advice on compliance with Work Health and safety Act 2011

Christie regularly conducts in house training sessions for Osborn law’s client employers to assist our clients and their managers on how to deal with effective performance management, and bullying and harassment claims. She has also conducted workplace investigations into claims.

Christie also worked for 4 years in a national law firm in insurance law where she acted on behalf of workers compensation insurers. This background assists greatly in employment law work when complex workers compensation issues are involved.

In addition to the employment law work, Christie manages major commercial litigation disputes, particularly those in the Supreme Court of NSW but also in the District and Local Courts. Some of the work that Christie has performed involved the following:

  • Appearing in a Supreme Court matter which involved a breach of contract and claim for $800,000.00 in damages.
  • Appearing in the Federal court in an Intellectual Property dispute where are our client alleges that its Intellectual Property rights were infringed upon and also an associated breach of contract case.
  • Appearing in a District Court matter where the damages claimed was $750,000.00 for breach of contract and a claim for damages (due to failed property deals).
  • Appearing in a District court matter where a former subcontractor attempted to poach clients.
Kate-Eliza David
Solicitor
Employment & Litigation

Kate-Eliza David graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 2017 and a Bachelor of Business (Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management) in 2015.

She completed her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice in early 2018 while working full time at Osborn Law and was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in September 2018.

Kate’s experience includes three years working in a diverse and practical Human Resources role at a Newcastle coal terminal. While there, she had the opportunity to apply her business and legal studies to implement performance management systems and review workplace policies. She also presented on topics such as workplace surveillance, privacy laws, General Protection claims and Employee Leave entitlements.

Her experience extends to coaching managers and supervisors in respect of employee disputes and performance management plans. Kate-Eliza’s background in Human Resources has led to a practical understanding and application of employment law, especially in the mining, infrastructure and construction industries.

Kate-Eliza’s legal experience extends to drafting employer responses to Unfair Dismissal Claims, advising on terminations, redundancies and resignations; drafting employment contracts and giving tailored legal advice on employment relations.

Additionally, she provides advice to commercial clients on privacy laws and assists with litigating corporate disputes such as contract breaches, lease disputes and debt recovery.

Kate-Eliza is President of Hunter Young Professionals which provides opportunities for young people to network in a business environment, gain new management and leadership skills, interact socially together and support the local community.

On the weekend you will find Kate-Eliza rowing on Newcastle Harbour or catching up with friends.

Cath Antaw
Solicitor
Employment & Litigation

Cath Antaw holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Newcastle, is a Chartered Accountant, a member of the Australia Reconstructing Insolvency and Turnaround Association and admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW.

Cath joined Osborn Law in 2015. Prior to this Cath, worked as a Chartered Accountant at local and national accounting firms, working exclusively in the area of insolvency and business reconstruction.

Cath also previously held the position of Financial Controller with an ASX listed entity.

Cath acts for a diverse range of clients in the hospitality sector including pubs, registered clubs, restaurants, producers, small bars, cafes, not-for-profit organisations, sporting clubs and other hospitality providers.

Cath’s experience in hospitality, commercial and employment includes:

  • New liquor licence and liquor authorisation applications.
  • Change of licence condition and licence boundary applications.
  • Gaming machine entitlement transactions.
  • Defending liquor licence breaches and prosecutions.
  • Drafting and advice regarding plans of management.
  • Sale/purchase of business and land contracts.
  • Due diligence matters.
  • Defending unfair dismissal claims brought before Fair Work Australia.
Joshua McCormack
Solicitor
Employment & Litigation

Joshua McCormack graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 2017 and a Bachelor of Communications (Media and Journalism) in 2015.

He completed the Legal Practice Program at the University of Newcastle while studying in 2017 and was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in February 2018.

Prior to joining Osborn Law, Joshua worked for a national insurance law firm where he assisted local governments on various public liability disputes. He gained further valued legal experience in a boutique family and criminal law practice in Newcastle.

Joshua works closely within the Osborn Law litigation team assisting in a variety of commercial, corporate and employment matters. He has assisted clients in a number of building and constructions disputes in the Local, District and Supreme Court. He has worked on complex commercial matters  in the technology and commercial list of the Supreme Court.  

When not in the office, Josh loves playing sport and being active.