Brian Powles, Solicitor

Brian is an employment lawyer with experience in general protection applications, unfair dismissals, breach of contract, redundancy, restraint of trade, and discrimination. He has acted on behalf of employers in the Fair Work Commission, Federal Circuit Court, and Federal Court, in both Sydney and Melbourne. He has an extensive knowledge of the modern award system, and wide experience dealing with compliance & enforcement issues, enforceable undertakings, payroll auditing, and the Fair Work Ombudsman. He has also assisted many employers with contracts, policy documents, enterprise agreements, and workplace investigations. Brian achieved first class honours in law from the University of New England.

Prior to law, Brian had a highly successful business career in the hospitality industry, having employed many hundreds of employees over many years.  He has advised numerous other business owners on employment, business strategy, change management, leadership, and adapting to technology.  This wide ranging business experience, commercial awareness and economic knowledge, allows him to adopt a highly contextual approach to employment law issues, focused on practical business goals and problem solving.  

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Recent Articles by Brian:

Traversing the ‘Outer Limits’: the Fair Work Commission’s Jurisdiction over the employment relationship

Workplace Culture Matters - 17 May 2018

5 Inconvenient Truths About Casual Conversion

Workplace Culture Matters - 27 Mar 2018

The Sydney Rail Strike – Why The Fair Work Commission Had No Choice.

Workplace Culture Matters - 29 Jan 2018

Dismissals ‘R’ Us: A New Trend in ‘Shake Down’ Litigation Putting Commerial Pressure On Employers

Workplace Culture Matters,- 30 October 2017

Cops and robbers in the Fair Work economy - Are regulatory authorities barking up the wrong tree?

Mondaq - 8 June 2017

Because – four reasons why a simple word has confused employment lawyers for a generation

Mondaq - 16 April 2017

Restraint of Trade - When playing fair is the practical approach to protecting your business interests

Mondaq - 14 February 2017

Assessing the 'Cultural Fit'. Smart Practice, or unlawful discrimination?'

Workplace Culture Matters - 9 March 2016

Parental Leave - The Truth about 'double dipping'

Workplace Culture Matters - 27 January 2016