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Sydney-based barrister joins Dentons

The former commissioner of the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW, and barrister at 6 St James Hall Chambers in Sydney, has joined global law firm Dentons as a special counsel.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 22 May 2023 Big Law
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Jane Seymour (pictured) has joined the world’s largest law firm in its dispute resolution practice in Sydney.

Ms Seymour’s experience “spans almost 30 years”, the firm said in a statement. She advises and appears in matters in the Federal Court, Fair Work Commission, Australian Human Rights Commission, and NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and is a qualified mediator.

She has served as commissioner and acting commissioner of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission, as well as being a senior legal adviser to the sex discrimination commissioner’s inquiry into the treatment of women at the Australian Defence Force Academy and chair of inquiries of Greyhound Racing NSW.


Recently, she led the independent review of inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature at Bathurst and Kirkconnell Correctional centres, for Corrective Services NSW, and has been a Senior Fellow of Melbourne University Law School, teaching the postgraduate subject Conducting Workplace Investigations, and an adjunct lecturer in Workplace Investigations in the Master of Labour Law and Relations at Sydney University Law School.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Ms Seymour was the associate to the Honourable Justice Margaret Beazley AO in the Federal Court of Australia in 1992.

Dentons Australia chair and Australasian regional chief executive Doug Stipanicev said he was “delighted” to welcome Ms Seymour to the global firm.

“Jane’s appointment adds significant strength to both our employment and disputes practices. I’m pleased we can continue to meet the growing needs of our clients in this space by welcoming Jane,” he said.

Dentons disputes team head John Dalzell added: “Jane Seymour is a high-profile lawyer and advocate with an outstanding reputation as a fearless and fair opponent. I have known and admired Jane for many years and worked closely with her.

“Although she is best known for her work in complex workplace investigations, tribunals and inquiries, she is also an excellent and well-rounded commercial litigator. Jane’s appointment will greatly enhance the scope of Dentons’ client-offering in our disputes and investigations team.”

And Ms Seymour said: “Dentons is highly regarded in the market for both its employment and dispute resolution offerings.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Dentons, and I’m looking forward to furthering the growth and success of the team.”

Jerome Doraisamy

Jerome Doraisamy

Jerome Doraisamy is the editor of Lawyers Weekly. A former lawyer, he has worked at Momentum Media as a journalist on Lawyers Weekly since February 2018, and has served as editor since March 2022. He is also the host of all five shows under The Lawyers Weekly Podcast Network, and has overseen the brand's audio medium growth from 4,000 downloads per month to over 60,000 downloads per month, making The Lawyers Weekly Show the most popular industry-specific podcast in Australia. Jerome is also the author of The Wellness Doctrines book series, an admitted solicitor in NSW, and a board director of Minds Count.

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