James Christensen James Christensen

James Christensen

Principal Employment relations & Safety | Brisbane
07 3231 0683 jchristensen@mcw.com.au Download vCard

James is a workplace relations specialist with particular expertise in industrial relations strategy and dispute settlement. He also 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, including in the fields of mining, manufacturing, civil construction, health and aged care, financial services, transport and state and local government.      

I measure my success through my ability to assist my clients to succeed

James' Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws, James Cook University
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Solicitor of the High Court of Australia

James' Expertise

  • Instigating and managing workplace change
  • Managing disputes with respect to sexual harassment, discrimination, unfair dismissal, adverse action, unpaid wages
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Performance management and termination of employment
  • Employment agreements

James' Leadership

  • Industrial Relations Society Queensland
  • Member, Queensland Law Society

James' Recent Experience

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Restraints of trade and protection of confidential information

Work Undertaken

Assisting a client to seek redress, including recovery of substantial damages and interlocutory injunctive relief, against a number of former senior management employees who engaged in alleged competitive and fraudulent behaviour both during and after their employment with the client.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Instigating and managing workplace change

Work Undertaken

Advising a State Government department on the implementation of a major workplace change, which included the rolling out of a large state wide voluntary separation program.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Work Undertaken

Assisting both an international mining operator, and separately a national airport services company, to successfully seek orders under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) to stop the transfer of an industrial instrument to their respective workplaces.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Responding to unlawful industrial action

Work Undertaken

Assisting a national construction client to seek urgent relief under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) to stop unlawful industrial action from occurring or being organised.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Managing termination disputes

Work Undertaken

Assisting a national civil construction company to successfully resist an application for adverse action brought by an industrial organisation on behalf of a number of its members, relating to the termination of their employment with the employer.

James' recent publications

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  1. Service entity arrangements may be caught by new Queensland labour hire licensing laws

    28 Nov 2017

    SERVICE ENTITY ARRANGEMENTS MAY BE CAUGHT BY NEW QUEENSLAND LABOUR HIRE LICENSING LAWS The Queensland Government has recently passed legislation that establishes a new licensing scheme for providers of labour hire services. While the licensing scheme...

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  2. ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly – Poor Behaviour at Work Christmas Functions

    30 Oct 2015

    The Fair Work Commission’s decision of Keenan v Leighton Boral Amey NSW Pty Ltd [2015] FWC 3156 was handed down in July this year and will serve as a timely reminder as we enter the Christmas ‘silly season’ when many employers organise...

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  3. Keeping the Peace - FairWork Commission demonstrates willingness to intervene to prevent workplace bullying

    30 Oct 2015

    The FairWork Commission’s decision of CF AND NW v Company A and ED [2015] FWC 5272 was delivered in August 2015. It is the first decision from the FairWork Commission where it published reasons for making a stop bullying order. The matter concerned...

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