find the latest legal job
Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Come work for a firm ranked in Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms
View details
Associate - Workplace Relations & Safety
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Employer of choice · Strong team culture
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: All Perth WA
· Freelance opportunities through Vario from Pinsent Masons
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Adelaide SA
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
S&G reveals revamped employment practice

S&G reveals revamped employment practice

Employees with lightbulb

Slater and Gordon has unveiled a new team to lead its 80-year-old industrial practice.

The firm has appointed Phil Pasfield to the role of national industrial practice group leader. Mr Pasfield has been with Slater and Gordon since 2001 and brings almost 40 years’ experience to his new role.

Also a Slater and Gordon alum, Mick Sayers, has been promoted to principal lawyer. He brings more than 20 years’ experience working across the firm’s workers compensation, union and employment practices.

Slater and Gordon also announced that Geoff Borenstein will join the firm as a senior industrial lawyer. Prior to his new role, Mr Borenstein was employed by the Electrical Trades Union.

Slater and Gordon acting head of general law Ben Hardwick said the trio will form the key leadership group that will guide the firm’s industrial practice into the future.

“Slater and Gordon started its life as the firm for the Railways Union in 1935 and has helped shape the Australian industrial landscape throughout the 80 years since then,” Mr Hardwick said.

“Phil was admitted as a lawyer in 1978 and has been involved in a number of major industrial cases throughout his career, including the Constitutional challenge to the Workplace Relations Act in 2006 (Work Choices Case) and he also represented a number of unions before the Trade Union Royal Commission.

“Geoff is widely regarded as one of Victoria’s best union lawyers, with experience on both sides of the equation at industrial law firms and also within unions themselves.

“He has provided advice and acted in respect of many major industrial disputes, including the recent Carlton [and] United Breweries dispute, and has premier vision regarding the future of this space.

“Our team is widely regarded as leaders in industrial law and the further appointments of lawyers of this calibre will ensure workers’ rights are protected and advanced for the next 80 years.”

Commenting on his new role, Mr Borenstein said the appointment carried special historical significance for him and his family.

“My father, Herman Borenstein, joined Slater and Gordon in the early 70s and laid the foundations for the firm’s current industrial practice,” he said.

“Now, 40 years later, I’m thrilled to be following in his footsteps by joining such a dedicated and experienced team.

“This is an important time for Australian workers and the accessibility of innovative and high-quality legal services will play a crucial role in the protection of their rights into the future.”

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

S&G reveals revamped employment practice
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Scales of Justice, ALA, right-to-die law
‘Right-to-die’ laws would be a relief for terminally ill: ALA
The passage of an assisted dying bill through the lower house of Victorian Parliament has been haile...
Diversity top of agenda for future WA Law Society president
The advancement of diversity in the Western Australian legal profession will be one of the key items...
Oct 23 2017
How to fail well
The legal profession is due for an attitude adjustment when it comes to perceived failures, accordin...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...