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Heidi Fairhall

Special Counsel

FAIRHALL Heidi LARGE

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A specialist in employment, industrial, discrimination and safety law with over 15 years of experience, Heidi has a particular focus on industrial relations strategy, change management, enterprise bargaining, industrial disputes and employment litigation.

She is a strategic and pragmatic adviser who recognises that trusted relationships with stakeholders and a deep understanding of organisational culture are key to achieving commercial outcomes.

Heidi advises both private and public sector clients across a range of industries including financial services, mining, energy, petroleum, manufacturing, disability services and health. Heidi is an experienced litigator and has appeared in all major courts and employment-related tribunals at a State and Federal level.

Heidi has also held in-house industrial and employment legal roles with two ASX 100 companies, including as Acting Head of Employment Legal for a Big Four bank. She has previously held roles as a Councillor of the NSW Law Society, Chair of the Law Society Employment Committee and President of NSW Young Lawyers.

Key deals

Australian Government

Advised the Australian Government in relation to the transfer of ASC Shipbuilding to BAE Systems Australia as part of the A$35 billion contract to build Australia’s fleet of navy frigates.

Westpac

Advised Westpac on the employment issues associated with the divestment of its financial advisory business, including the sale of its advice business to Viridian Capital.

Qantas

Advised Qantas Airways Limited on an A$100 million Group-wide transformation project.

Australian Super

Acting for Australian Super in relation to its successful bid for an A$16 billion majority long term lease of NSW electricity infrastructure company, Ausgrid.

Commonwealth Bank Group

Acted for Bankwest in relation to the drafting and bargaining of its 2019 enterprise agreement.

Advised CBA on the employment and industrial relations issues associated with the divestment of its insurance and wealth management businesses, including complex transfer of business and redundancy issues.

Advised on a range of major CBA Group projects while in employed in a senior in-house role, including:

  • the simplification of the Group’s employment and contractual arrangements, impacting around 6,000 employees;
  • a large-scale Group-wide payroll review and remediation project and associated union, media, employee and regulator engagement;
  • the transfer of the Bankwest east coast business banking business to CBA, including the redundancy/redeployment of several hundred employees; and
  • the restructure of the CBA Group’s Lending Services function and the closure of the Brisbane Group lending services centre, including acting in associated dispute proceedings in the Fair Work Commission.