image of Jennifer WybornJennifer Wyborn

Clayton Utz Partner , Canberra T +61 2 6279 4069

Trusted by her clients for her strategic approach to resolving employment and industrial matters, Jennifer Wyborn is known as a "flexible, approachable, responsible and pragmatic" adviser who "really understands her clients' business" and helps them manage their difficult employment and human resources matters sensitively.

"Jennifer doesn't look at things from a billing point of view. You don't feel like you're a six-minute increment bill with Jennifer. For her, it's all about getting the best outcome for her clients."

An accredited specialist in employment and industrial relations, Jennifer brings a savvy and strategic approach to her clients' problems, whether it's brokering difficult enterprise agreements or managing workplace safety incidents. And when disputes arise, Jennifer brings them to a successful conclusion, using alternate dispute resolution or litigation in the Fair Work Commission or court.

"One key thing is that Jennifer, having worked in the APS, understands the demands of the Minister's Office and she understands the politics in play between the various agencies. That understanding means that she's all over it [when it comes to helping us to succeed]."

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Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety

Jennifer's clients include tertiary institutions, a wide range of private sector clients including construction companies and airports. Jennifer is trusted by regulators such as Fair Work Building and Construction to prosecute for breaches of the Fair Work Act.

Workplace litigation

Jennifer has experience providing end-to-end workplace litigation services including liability advice, drafting legal submissions, engaging counsel, and liaison with stakeholders including unions, employee and employer groups, and industry peak bodies.

Her experience includes acting in relation to sex and disability discrimination claims, judicial review, unfair dismissal and general protection claims. Jennifer regularly appears for clients in mediations and, where required, at hearings.

Enterprise agreements

Jennifer manages the enterprise agreement process including consultation, analysis of productivity initiatives, staff engagement, drafting the agreement, bargaining and advice on industrial action.

Jennifer has advised clients in both the public and private sector, including large government departments on the application of the Australian Government Public Sector Workplace Bargaining Policy (2014).

Workplace health & safety

Jennifer has recently worked closely with a number of clients to establish risk management plans and safety systems. She has also conducted workplace health & safety compliance investigations and advises clients on protecting their interests in the event of a serious incident. Jennifer has managed responses to serious injuries and fatalities in the workplace and has experience advising on customer aggression issues.

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Government Services

Jennifer's broad experience attracts a wide range of clients, including large Government departments such as the Department of Defence, the Australian Taxation Office, Department of Human Services and Department of Social Services.

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