As a lawyer and former judge in the field of employment law for more than 40 years, Graeme can assist you in one or more of the following areas of practice.
- As a barrister giving opinions and/or drafting pleadings, by applying my accumulated and current expertise independently and frankly; by ensuring that legal advice tendered is protected from subsequent disclosure by legal professional privilege.
- As a mediator or arbitrator of employment disputes, a focus on legally-compliant, practical and sustainable outcomes; an empathetic, fair, committed and fully confidential process and outcome; and by reaching practicable and innovative solutions that are beyond the limited range of these offered by litigation.
- As an independent investigator, by providing a fair, legally-compliant, strategic and efficient process to enquire into and reach conclusions about employment relationship problems; to work cooperatively and purposefully with parties, their representatives and witnesses; to report on the issues under investigation; and thereby to contribute either to an early resolution of these, or to provide a sound and transparent basis for subsequent decisions that may be tested in litigation.
Graeme's experience and reputation enables him to work harmoniously and cooperatively with all participants in the employment law arena, employers (both private and government sector), employees, and unions.
Graeme's practicing certificate as a barrister enables him to accept instructions to be a mediator or an arbitrator, directly from parties. However, when acting as a barrister providing legal services (including giving legal advice, and opinions, drafting pleadings, acting as counsel in mediations or arbitrations, and undertaking employment investigations), he must be instructed by a solicitor. Graeme appreciates that these requirements are technical and complex and is happy to discuss what the rules mean in any particular case. As a former judge, Graeme adheres to the convention of not appearing as counsel in courts or tribunals.