Lauren has over a decade’s experience advising and acting for domestic and international employers in relation to the full range of Australian employment law issues across the employee lifecycle.
Lauren’s practise encompasses all aspects of employment law, industrial relations, work health and safety, discrimination law and workplace investigations. This includes employment/executive contracts, enterprise bargaining, industrial action and other industrial disputes, enterprise agreement and modern award compliance, management of ill and injured workers, management of employee misconduct and underperformance (including termination of employment), transfer of business, employee/contractor distinction, workplace bullying and employment related litigation.
The sectors and industries across which Lauren practises include health, manufacturing, agribusiness, professional services, liquor and hospitality, engineering, energy, food, building and construction, education, transport and logistics, telecommunications, emergency services and retail. In addition, Lauren has advised and represented Federal and State/Territory government departments and statutory entities, including the ABCC and FWO, and local government.
Lauren’s legal expertise is complemented by her experience as an independent workplace investigator, having conducted external misconduct investigations for a range of private and public sector clients. For example, Lauren has conducted workplace investigations for a major public hospital in Melbourne (bullying investigation concerning medicos), Universities, Victorian Government Departments, Victorian Government emergency services (police and ambulance), and the APS. Lauren is particularly passionate about assisting employers to understand and navigate this increasingly common method of management of potential misconduct, and provides oversight, advice and training to employers to ensure investigations are fair, effective and compliant.
Lauren Townsend’s recent experience includes:
- Advising a range of professionals services entities in respect of restructuring and redundancies, general employment matters and modern award application and compliance.
- Advising a major Australian retailer on modern award compliance matters in connection with large scale underpayment issues, and providing advice and representation on discrimination claims made by customers across Australia in State and Federal Commissions.
- Advising group entities of a major Australian energy infrastructure construction service provider on industrial matters (enterprise bargaining and enterprise agreement drafting), general employment law matters and WHS compliance.
- Advising a Victorian Local Government Council in respect of the resolution of complex bullying and misconduct complaints, including overseeing an external investigation involving cross-claims.