James Christensen

Principal  |  Employment and Industrial Relations

(07) 3231 0683

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James is a pragmatic commercial lawyer, dedicated to his clients’ well-being and his profession.

As a Principal in the firm's Employment Relations team, James is a workplace relations specialist with particular expertise in industrial relations strategy and dispute settlement. He assists his clients with their broader employment issues, including protecting their confidential information from employee misuse, termination and disciplinary issues, managing ill and injured workers, managing and defending claims of discrimination and harassment, and drafting employment contracts and policies.

James has extensive experience working with clients who operate in industries at the forefront of workplace relations. These include mining, manufacturing, civil construction, health and aged care, financial services, transport, and state and local government.

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Qualifications

Bachelor Of Laws, James Cook University
Solicitor Of The Supreme Court of Queensland
Solicitor Of The High Court of Australia

Community Involvement

Member, Queensland Law Society

Client Solutions

Lavin Constructions Pty Ltd
insurance
Client problem

James' client required defence of charges pursued by the Crown for alleged Category One offences under the Work Health Safety Act 2011 (Qld).

outcome achieved

James was successful in defending the charges against both Lavin Constructions and the company director.

Queensland Hospital and Health Service
Employment
Client problem

The Health Service faced an application for reinstatement by a former nursing employee, alleging that their dismissal was harsh, unjust or unreasonable. The former employee had been terminated for assaulting an injured patient who had struck them while coming out of sedation.

outcome achieved

James successfully defended the Health Services against the plaintiff's application for reinstatement, establishing that the termination was neither harsh, unjust, nor unfair. In addition to securing this critical outcome for the Health Service, James successfully defended all criticism of the Health Service's executive staff members and witnesses raised during the case, ensuring that no adverse comment or finding was made against any individuals.

Queensland Rail
Employment
Client problem

James' client required defence of interlocutory proceedings seeking to stop the termination of the employee.

outcome achieved

James represented Queensland Rail in its defence of proceedings commenced by an injured worker seeking interlocutory relief to restrain QR from taking any steps to terminate their employment.

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James Christensen's insights

June 29, 2020

Employer Liability and Workers' Compensation

Industrial Manslaughter: Jail Sentence and $3m Fine for Employer

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