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Emily Aitken

Senior Associate

Sydney
Direct: +61 2 8256 0410
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Emily Aitken is a senior associate in the International Labour, Employment and Safety practice in the Sydney office of Seyfarth Shaw in Australia. Emily advises clients in respect of both aspects of the firm’s practice of labour and employment, and workplace health and safety (WHS) law.

Emily has experience advising clients in both the private and not-for-profit sectors on a range of employment and industrial relations matters, as well as in relation to their WHS needs. The matters she has advised on in the labour and employment space include enterprise bargaining, termination of employment in the case of dismissal and redundancy, general protections and discrimination, contracts of employment, including restraints of trade, and the development and implementation of workplace policies, in both non-litigious and litigious contexts, and in a range of courts and tribunals across various Australian jurisdictions.

Emily’s WHS expertise includes acting for employers during investigations and defending prosecutions by WHS regulators across various Australian jurisdictions. This includes advising employers on responding to workplace incidents and responding to regulators exercising coercive powers, including internal and external review of their decisions. Emily also has experience helping clients undertake legal risk assessments to identify and manage WHS risks.

Emily also assists clients on a pro bono basis by referral from the Macarthur Legal Centre with various employment-related issues.

Emily Aitken is a senior associate in the International Labour, Employment and Safety practice in the Sydney office of Seyfarth Shaw in Australia. Emily advises clients in respect of both aspects of the firm’s practice of labour and employment, and workplace health and safety (WHS) law.

Emily has experience advising clients in both the private and not-for-profit sectors on a range of employment and industrial relations matters, as well as in relation to their WHS needs. The matters she has advised on in the labour and employment space include enterprise bargaining, termination of employment in the case of dismissal and redundancy, general protections and discrimination, contracts of employment, including restraints of trade, and the development and implementation of workplace policies, in both non-litigious and litigious contexts, and in a range of courts and tribunals across various Australian jurisdictions.

Emily’s WHS expertise includes acting for employers during investigations and defending prosecutions by WHS regulators across various Australian jurisdictions. This includes advising employers on responding to workplace incidents and responding to regulators exercising coercive powers, including internal and external review of their decisions. Emily also has experience helping clients undertake legal risk assessments to identify and manage WHS risks.

Emily also assists clients on a pro bono basis by referral from the Macarthur Legal Centre with various employment-related issues.

Education

  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, College of Law (Sydney) (2013)

  • LL.B. (Hons.), Macquarie University (2012)

  • B.A. in Sociology, Macquarie University (2012)

Admissions

  • An Australian legal practitioner admitted in New South Wales

Courts

  • Supreme Court of New South Wales

Affiliations

  • Law Society of New South Wales 
  • New South Wales Young Lawyers (Co-Vice Chair, Workplace and Safety Law Committee (2015-2018)

Publications

  • "Living for the weekend: Should weekend penalty rates be reduced or abolished?," Workplace Review, Thomson Reuters (Summer 2014)