Saul Harben

Clayton Utz
Partner Sydney

"Saul Harben … is identified as one of the top employment practitioners in Perth. He often acts for employers on employee and industrial relations matters, including disputes and investigations. A client comments that "he is an excellent lawyer who is commercial and practical," adding: "He is always there for our company and we feel as though he is part of our team rather than an external service provider." Chambers Asia Pacific - Employment


With more than two decades of experience, Saul Harben is a distinguished workplace relations advisor with a focus on energy & resources, transport & logistics, higher education, and retail & finance sectors. Saul's extensive expertise encompasses strategic counsel and operational guidance for across numerous industries, as well as government agencies and statutory authorities. Saul's collaborative approach aids clients in crafting effective communication strategies during workplace transformations.

Notable Work
  • Renowned in industrial relations, Saul excels in designing and implementing strategic industrial strategies, resolving disputes, and negotiating collective and individual industrial instruments.
  • A seasoned employee relations expert, Saul crafts employment contracts, reviews policies, handles performance management, terminations, and conducts complex workplace investigations.
  • With a focus on equal opportunity, Saul guides clients through EEO investigations, litigations, and effective strategies for managing ill and injured employees.
  • Adept in workplace health and safety, Saul offers insights on WHS obligations, accident investigations, and WHS litigation, including board-level advice.
  • A specialist in executive remuneration, Saul handles employment agreements, share option plans, termination of senior executives, incentive plans, and confidentiality enforcement.
  • Distinguished in the oil and gas industry, Saul has a track record of negotiating enterprise agreements for major players like Diamond Offshore, ENI, and Petrofac.
  • Representing Austal in Federal Court litigation, Saul navigates complex right of entry disputes in the context of workplace discussions.
  • Trusted advisor to the Australian Rail Track Corporation, Saul provides guidance on enterprise agreements, workforce expansion, and aligning HR policies with government priorities.
  • Saul's employment law expertise spans contract drafting, policy reviews, social media management, termination, redundancy, restructuring, and intricate workplace investigations.
  • Saul is a leading voice on industrial relations reform, helping clients navigate legislative changes and their impact on employment agreements and policies.
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