Brian Powles, Director

Brian is an innovative and client focused employment lawyer with extensive experience in all areas of workplace law, including general protection applications, unfair dismissals, breach of contract, redundancy, restraint of trade, intellectual property 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 a detailed knowledge and understanding of the intricacies 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.

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.  


Brian is a co-author of An Employers Guide to Australian Employment Law

Recent Articles by Brian:

To text or not to text? That is the Question Workplace Culture Matters - 8 July 2019

Fingerprint Scanning: A lawful and reasonable direction? Workplace Culture Matters - 3 May 2019

Fake News: Who are the real victims of political misinformation? Workplace Culture Matters - 24 April 2019

Why employment needs rules: Recent stories from Sport Workplace Culture Matters - 10 March 2019

Timely reminders from the Fair Work Commission: The Five categories of employees with access to 'flexibility' Workplace Culture Matters - 19 February 2019

Foodora Update: Latest developments on inquiry into landscape of the gig economy Workplace Culture Matters - 5 February 2019

What to make of the "Change the Rules" campaign Workplace Culture Matters - 20 October 2018

California's 'ABC' test for Independent Contractors - some key lessons for Australia Workplace Culture Matters,- 11 September 2018

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

No Win, No Fee: The seven must-ask questions for Employee litigants Workplace Culture Matters - 24 July 2018