Emma Purdue

Senior Associate

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Contact details

+61 3 9269 9471
epurdue@landers.com.au

Practice group

Workplace Relations & Safety

Professional biography

Emma is a highly experienced member of our Workplace Relations & Safety team.  Her practice covers all aspects of workplace relations and employment law, with a particular focus on discrimination, human rights, disputes, investigations and training.  Emma's legal career has seen her working on a range of significant matters, including an important test case in the High Court of Australia.

Emma's aim is always to provide advice and support in a manner that is practical, efficient and sensitive to the unique personalities and needs of her clients. 

Emma's notable experience includes:

  • instructing in the landmark Barclay case before the High Court of Australia regarding the protection of union representatives under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth);

  • defending a major Australian university and its employees against allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination and victimisation before the Federal Court of Australia;

  • conducting sensitive and complex investigations relating to misconduct in the Victorian public sector;

  • working in-house to advise a Victorian public sector client on change management and redundancy;

  • drafting a handbook on discrimination law for the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission;

  • acting pro bono for a remote Indigenous community in a discrimination claim against the Northern Territory government; and

  • designing, tailoring and delivering training for clients and their staff on various topics including social media use, ethics and appropriate workplace behavior.

Qualifications:

  • Masters of Human Rights Law (Melbourne University)
  • BA (Media & Communications)/ LL.B. (Hons) (Melbourne University)

Publications

Scoping reasonable adjustments in the workplace: A comparative analysis of an employer’s obligation to Accommodate a worker’s disability under Australian and Canadian laws (2017) 30 AJLL 185

Memberships / Awards:

  • Member of Law Institute of Victoria (LIV)
  • Finalist, Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30 Awards (2013)

Admission to practice: April 2009

Emma joined Lander & Rogers in March 2008

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Contact details

+61 3 9269 9471
epurdue@landers.com.au

Practice group

Workplace Relations & Safety

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