Geoff Harley has practised in commercial law for more than 40 years and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Queensland. 

He brings a practical, no-nonsense approach to his advice on workplace law issues including discrimination, employment, industrial relations, and workplace health and safety. 

Geoff's experience as a member of various boards is invaluable in giving him an insight into and appreciation of management perspectives on workplace issues. His practical experience in management, having been managing partner of the Brisbane office of Clayton Utz from 1995-1998 and partner in charge from 2000 to 2006, has also given him a real understanding of the issues facing employers.

Geoff is currently Chair of TransLink Transit Authority and a director of other companies.

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Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety

Geoff's experience dates back to the initial wave of industrial relations legislation introduced by both the Queensland and Commonwealth governments in the late 1980's. He has advised clients on the numerous changes of legislative regime that have occurred over the past two decades.

Geoff's more recent experience includes provision of advice on numerous employment and industrial relations issues in both jurisdictions, on discrimination, and on workplace health and safety. Apart from handling disputes in all of these areas, he has significant experience in document drafting, including collective and individual agreements and policies.

Geoff is also experienced in carrying out internal audits to determine the extent of employment-related risk. He has been involved in a number of major due diligence investigations in the course of company floats or purchases.

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Before becoming a workplace lawyer, Geoff had many years in practice as a commercial litigator and has trained as a dispute mediator. He has appeared as an advocate in various courts and tribunals including the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, and has extensive experience in conducting complex litigation in the areas of discrimination, unfair contracts, and unfair dismissal.

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