Industrial and Employment Law, Principal Lawyer
Andrew Rich is the Practice Group Leader of Industrial and Employment Law in the Brisbane office of Slater and Gordon. He was attracted to this area of the law as it enables him to do what he can to protect, support and advance the rights of working men and women in their employment.
Andrew's extensive experience both as a barrister and solicitor in Sydney and Brisbane includes working in-house for the Community and Public Sector Union as an industrial officer and a national legal officer.
He regularly advises unions and employees operating in both the state and federal public sectors, as well as, the private sector.
Andrew has experience in the entire range of law relating to employment including administrative law, workers compensation, anti-discrimination, and industrial and employment law. He has conducted industrial disputes, freedom of association and duress cases, unfair contract claims, breach of contract and misrepresentation claims, unfair and unlawful dismissal cases, and claims of discrimination and harassment. He has also acted in union rules and demarcation matters, as well as, being involved in award and agreement making.
It was Slater and Gordon's strong history of representing trade unions and the opportunity of providing better services to workers in Queensland that attracted Andrew to Slater and Gordon.
Andrew is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono and Legal Profession Committee.
- Litigation in the Federal Court, Federal Circuit Court, Supreme Court of Queensland, Magistrates Court of Queensland, Fair Work Commission, Industrial Relations Commission, Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal
- Employment Contract Disputes
- Bonus Disputes including share options
- Unlawful and Unfair termination of employment cases
- Disciplinary Processes (including by professional associations)
- General Protections Disputes (adverse action claims)
- Discrimination, bullying and equal pay matters
- Redundancy disputes
- Restraints of trade
- Negotiation of agreed terms of exit
- Underpayment of entitlements
- Workplace investigations
- Commissions of Inquiry and Royal Commissions
- Coronial inquests
- Royal Commissions
- QCAT and professional and disciplinary tribunals
- Drink and drug driving offences
- Restricted and work licenses, special hardship orders
- White collar crime
- Social security offences
- Property offences
- Public order offences
- Drug offences
- Assaults and grievous bodily harm
- Sexual offences
- Commonwealth criminal matters
- Slater and Gordon since 2008 (practice group leader)
- 2004 - 2008, Barrister in NSW and QLD
- 2000 - 2004, CPSU (national legal officer)
- 2000 - 2001, CPSU (industrial officer)
- 1998 - 2000, Blake Dawson Waldron (lawyer)
Memberships and associations
- Industrial Relations Society of Queensland
- Law Society of Queensland
- Slater and Gordon Pro-Bono Committee
Professional qualifications and admissions
- 1999 Admitted to Supreme Court of NSW and High Court of Australia
- 2004 Bar Association of NSW
- 2006 Bar Association of Qld
- 2008 Queensland Law Society