OUR SERVICES

Employment Law

Employment Law

Automic Group Legal offers a comprehensive range of employment law services, including preparation of employment, executive and contractor agreements. We also prepare employee option share plans and other incentive packages.

We assist clients with exiting employees with minimum legal risk, whether it be by termination, on notice or by preparing a program of performance management.

We have extensive experience in contested litigation involving employment issues and we will act quickly and decisively including, if necessary, obtaining injunctions to protect your confidential information or to enforce restraints of trade.

Employment Law

In addition to conducting high value and urgent disputes in the Supreme Court, we regularly appear in the Fair Work Commission and provide advice and representation in matters involving unfair dismissal, bullying and harassment and investigations for breaches of the Fair Work Act. We also act against trade unions.

We are experts at crisis management and brand protection and have been involved in some of the most high-profile employment litigation cases in Australia. We act to protect clients’ interests across industry sectors, including software, engineering and construction, patent attorneys, television executives, accounting firms, schools, childcare centres and some of Australia’s most senior public servants.

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Our employment law services include:

Employment advice and guidance for all aspects of the employment lifecycle (i.e. onboarding to termination)

Preparation of and updates to employment agreements and polices

Preparing and advising on employee incentive schemes including share option plans

Providing practical and strategic advice on a wide range of employment and industrial issues such as performance management, disciplinary matters and workplace restructures

Advising on employment termination, including redundancies

Advising on award applicability and coverage

Advising on wage rates and other entitlements arising from modern awards and enterprise agreements

Conducting employment/ workplace “health checks” for compliance

Providing contractual interpretation and advising on implementation of best practices

Representation in litigation and disputes in the Federal and State Courts and Tribunals

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Our Legal Team

 Alistair McKeough

Alistair McKeough

Principal

  • Commercial Litigation and M&A
  • Over 15 years’ experience
  • Member of the NSW Law Advisory Council

Alistair specialises in complex commercial matters that require careful strategic planning. An experienced commercial litigator with an outstanding record of success in contested litigation, Alistair also applies his exceptional black letter knowledge and analytical skills in transactional work. Alistair is known for his ability to cut through to the real issues and for giving clear and concise advice. He is trusted by some of Australia’s most preeminent business people to handle their personal legal affairs. Alistair is regularly engaged in matters involving serious risk to personal and corporate reputations and he has extensive experience in media sensitive matters. Prior to founding Automic Legal in 2010, Alistair worked at Freehills and was an Associate to a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia. Alistair’s academic work has been quoted by the Court of Appeal of New South Wales and in leading Australian text books. Alistair has extensive experience advising ASX listed companies and their directors and is a member of the University of New South Wales Law Advisory Council.

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 Alistair McKeough

Alistair McKeough

Principal

  • Commercial Litigation and M&A
  • Over 15 years’ experience
  • Member of the NSW Law Advisory Council
 Alistair McKeough

Alistair McKeough

Principal

  • Commercial Litigation and M&A
  • Over 15 years’ experience
  • Member of the NSW Law Advisory Council
David Hwang

David Hwang

Principal | Chief Compliance Officer

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • IPOs, ECM, M&A and compliance advisory
  • CCO of Automic Group

David is an experienced corporate lawyer specialising in listings on ASX (IPOs and reverse listings), equity capital markets, mergers & acquisitions and providing advice on corporate governance and compliance issues. He is sought out for his expertise and guidance across a range of legal, governance and ASX compliance matters that are commonly considered by the Boards of unlisted (pre-IPO) and ASX listed entities at every stage of their growth, from listings, secondary raisings and strategic acquisitions or investments. David is a trusted adviser to dozens of boards and executive teams across a range of industries, including technology, health care, industrials, e-commerce and mining. David is a member of Automic Group’s senior leadership team, and serves as its Chief Compliance Officer across the company secretarial, legal, registry and governance divisions.

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David Hwang

David Hwang

Principal | Chief Compliance Officer

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • IPOs, ECM, M&A and compliance advisory
  • CCO of Automic Group
David Hwang

David Hwang

Principal | Chief Compliance Officer

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • IPOs, ECM, M&A and compliance advisory
  • CCO of Automic Group
Victoria-Jane Otavski

Victoria-Jane Otavski

  • Commercial litigation, advisory and dispute resolution
  • Employment law and workplace practices
  • Defamation & media

Victoria-Jane is a lawyer with extensive experience in all areas of commercial law and litigation and also spans the employment and media practices of Automic Group. Given Victoria-Jane’s breadth of experience, she is able to readily identify and diagnose legal issues and risks enabling her to provide strategic and pragmatic advice specifically catered to a client’s specific needs. Victoria-Jane acts for large institutional clients, publicly listed entities, small to medium businesses and individuals across the Federal and various State jurisdictions of Australia. In addition to her core areas, Victoria-Jane is also recognised for her transactional and corporate advisory work which is heavily informed by her understanding and experience in litigation and disputes. Victoria-Jane is a trusted advisor to her clients and known for her empathy and approachable manner.

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Victoria-Jane Otavski

Victoria-Jane Otavski

  • Commercial litigation, advisory and dispute resolution
  • Employment law and workplace practices
  • Defamation & media
Victoria-Jane Otavski

Victoria-Jane Otavski

  • Commercial litigation, advisory and dispute resolution
  • Employment law and workplace practices
  • Defamation & media
Stella Lee

Stella Lee

Senior Associate

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Regulatory compliance and corporate governance advisory
  • Specialising in cross-border and domestic M&A transactions

Stella is a corporate law specialist with extensive experience in cross-border and domestic merger and acquisitions, regulatory compliance and corporate governance issues. She has advised on a number of significant inbound investments and multi-jurisdictional acquisitions across a broad range of industries, as well as listings on ASX (IPOs and reverse listings). She is trusted by her clients for her commercial acumen and ability to deal with complex issues in a clear and concise manner. Formerly a lawyer in ASIC, Stella has gained special knowledge and skillset in regulatory compliance and corporate governance advisory, with demonstrated technical expertise in fundraising, takeover provisions, related party transactions, continuous disclosure and financial reporting provisions under the Corporations Act. She was also heavily involved in the Crowd Source Funding and Emerging Market Issuer projects while working in ASIC. Stella also has experience in ACCC and NZCC merger clearance filing, other competition law and consumer law matters.

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Stella Lee

Stella Lee

Senior Associate

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Regulatory compliance and corporate governance advisory
  • Specialising in cross-border and domestic M&A transactions
Stella Lee

Stella Lee

Senior Associate

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Regulatory compliance and corporate governance advisory
  • Specialising in cross-border and domestic M&A transactions