Bridget Shelton

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Bridget Shelton Profile Photo

Bridget has extensive experience providing strategic and effective advice to public and private sector clients on all aspects of employment law and industrial relations.

Bridget is an experienced litigator and has represented public and private sector clients in all jurisdictions including the High Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, Fair Work Commission, and State courts and tribunals.

Bridget has been recognised by Doyle's Guide as a "Rising Star" in Employment & WHS and was named by The Best Lawyers in Australia as "One to Watch" in Labour and Employment Law.


Bridget's areas of expertise include:

  • unfair dismissal and adverse action claims
  • enterprise bargaining strategy and advice
  • industrial relations disputes
  • large-scale underpayment and remediation matters
  • executive employment arrangements, including post-employment restraints
  • organisational restructuring and related claims
  • complex modern award and enterprise agreement interpretation and compliance advice
  • workplace investigations
  • bullying, harassment, victimisation and anti-discrimination
  • general employment law advice, including in relation to contracts, policies and disciplinary matters.

Career highlights

Bridget's career highlights include:

  • acting for a large technology company in an urgent interlocutory matter in the Victorian Supreme Court relating to the enforceability of post-employment restraints
  • acting for a pharmaceutical distribution, retailing and manufacturing company during enterprise bargaining, including urgent advice and litigation in relation to pickets and industrial action
  • acting for multiple employers in the higher education sector in relation to bargaining and enterprise agreement disputes
  • acting for a government regulator in Federal Court and Federal Circuit and Family Court civil penalty prosecutions for contraventions of the right of entry and general protections provisions in the Fair Work Act
  • advising a large employer in the health industry in relation to potential underpayments and remediation, including the provision of complex enterprise agreement interpretation advice
  • acting for a client in the financial services industry in relation to underpayments, remediation and self-disclosure to the Fair Work Ombudsman
  • advising the vendor in a cross-jurisdiction transaction in relation to complex transfer of employment issues
  • successfully defending multiple individual claims under the Fair Work Act and anti-discrimination legislation in the Fair Work Commission, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Federal Circuit and Family Court and Federal Court.