T  03 5226 8558

F  03 5225 5222

E  smccabe@ha.legal

L  au.linkedin.com/in/soniamccabe

 

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Sonia is accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as a specialist in Workplace Relations law. Her academic qualifications include combined Bachelor of Law (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and International Trade) degrees and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. She is admitted to legal practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia.

Sonia provides advice, representation and regular business support to employer clients in a wide variety of employment and industrial relations matters, including defending and resolving dismissal, discrimination and general protections claims, advising on transfers of business and employment, representing employers in union disputes and advising on disciplinary procedures, post-employment restraints, redundancies and protection of business information and intellectual property.

Sonia applies her dispute resolution background and experience to assist employers in taking commercial and proactive steps to prevent and minimise their employment risks, including by ensuring that employment documents such as employment agreements, policies and enterprise agreements are legally compliant, suited to the needs of each client’s business and provide future protection for employers.

Sonia also acts for clients in a wide range of commercial and business disputes.

 

Sonia’s Workplace Relations key areas of practice include:

  • Enterprise bargaining, negotiation and preparation of enterprise agreements 
  • Transfers of employment in mergers and sales of business
  • Interpretation of awards, legislation, industrial instruments and employment agreements
  • Preparation of common law employment agreements and workplace policies
  • Employee engagement, including distinguishing between employees and independent contractors
  • Employment termination including redundancy and summary dismissal
  • Unfair dismissal and adverse action
  • Advising in relation to bullying and harassment, employee misconduct and poor performance
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Equal opportunity, discrimination and sexual harassment
  • Post-employment obligations and restraints of trade
  • Fair Work Ombudsman investigations and prosecutions
  • Industrial disputes
  • Fair Work Act and statutory compliance

Sonia’s disputes and litigation key areas of practice include:

  • Commercial and employment litigation
  • Contractual disputes
  • Business disputes
  • Commercial debt recovery
  • Trust disputes
  • Competition and consumer law and trade practices
  • Matters involving statutory authorities including the
    ACCC, ATO, EPA and Fair Work Ombudsman

Sonia's professional commitments include:

  • Member of the Law Institute of Victoria
  • Member of the Geelong Law Association
  • Member of the Geelong Business Club
  • Board member and secretary of Volunteering Geelong

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