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Our Industrial and Employment Team

Our Industrial and Employment Team

Slater and Gordon’s Industrial and Employment Practice group handles all types of legal and strategic matters for trade unions as well as employment-related issues for members of unions that Slater and Gordon represents.

Marcus Clayton 

Marcus manages the Industrial and Employment group at the Slater and Gordon Lawyers Melbourne office and has national responsibility for the firm's industrial work for the many unions we represent around Australia. Marcus has acted in numerous cases for unions including branches of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) in the Royal Commission into the building and construction industry. He has also been involved in a number of important public interest cases.

Marcus joined Slater and Gordon in 1980 and specialised in personal injuries litigation and criminal law after admission to practice in 1982 until leaving the firm in 1989. He returned to Slater and Gordon in 1998 and was appointed National Practice Group Leader in 2003. Marcus graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in politics and history. In his period away from Slater and Gordon he worked for five years as a community lawyer for the Western Suburbs Legal Service in Melbourne.

Phillip Pasfield

Phillip is a Practice Group Leader in the firm's industrial and employment practice. He has represented unions and their members and practised in all major Courts and Tribunals including the High Court, the Federal Court, the Australian Industrial Relations Commission and the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW.

Phillip has extensive experience in relation to many industries including coal mining, telecommunications, postal, air transport, social and community services, building and construction, maritime and oil refining.

With over 25 years experience, Phillip has been involved in a number of major cases arising out of industrial disputation including the:

  • Deregistration of the BLF
  • Pilots dispute
  • BLF Funds case
  • Hunter Valley No.1 dispute
  • Constitutional challenge to the Workplace Relations Act 1996
  • Private Arbitration case
  • Exceptional Matters Order in relation to the dismissed Blair Athol miners

Phillip joined the firm in 2001 and is located in the Slater and Gordon Lawyers Sydney office.