SPL Services

Employment and Workplace Relations

Surry Partners is experienced in acting for businesses in employment law, discrimination matters, industrial relations, and occupational health and safety matters.

Our expertise in employment and industrial relations includes:

  • Employment contracts
  • Unfair dismissal matters
  • Unlawful termination matters
  • Consultancy contracts
  • Disputes concerning unfair contracts, including disputes concerning senior executives and their entitlements upon termination of employment
  • Confidentiality and protection of intellectual property obligations.
  • Advice on restraint of trade obligations on all staff
  • Share option schemes
  • Option, bonus and commission entitlements
  • Taxation consequences of hiring and terminating employees
  • Award amendments
  • Occupational health and safety, workplace policies and procedures including internet policies, discrimination policies, occupational health and safety policies and sexual harassment policies.


  • Drafting an effective employee share scheme for a start-up IT client
  • Advising the former Managing Director of a major enterprise in relation to the application and enforceability of restraint of trade terms in an employment agreement assigned to a new employer
  • Acting for the principal of an established private secondary school in the settlement of a redundancy/termination agreement with the trustees of his employer, ensuring the most favourable tax treatment of the significant final payment
  • Advising an education institution on staff redundancy proposals
  • Drafting contractor agreements for a set and prop designer and builder
  • Advising on termination of employment contracts, where no written agreements were in place
  • Enforcing restraint of trade obligations against senior staff in the recruitment industry who had recently resigned, including recovery of confidential information
  • Advising on and commencing Supreme Court proceedings for the Sales Director of multi-million dollar stationary supplier for wrongful dismissal and breach of contract resulting in the loss of income and loss of employment bonuses
  • Drafting a series of employee agreements for an expanding client in the pharmaceuticals industry
  • Representing a transport industry client in the Industrial Relations Commission in a prosecution brought by WorkCover in relation to alleged breaches of OH&S Act. Our client was one of a number of parties joined to the proceedings. Considering that this is a jurisdiction of “strict liability”, we entered a guilty plea on a negotiated set of facts which were favourable to our client and negotiated a further favourable outcome in relation to the Prosecutor’s claim for costs.

Peter English
Clement Lo