Andrew Gray

Andrew Gray

Andrew Gray is a partner in the King & Wood Mallesons Employee Relations & Safety Group. Andrew specialises in all aspects of workplace relations and employment law including:

  • Business restructuring - managing redundancies and workplace change
  • Individual and collective employment agreements (with particular expertise in executive employment arrangements)
  • Executive Remuneration and termination benefits
  • Agreements for the protection of confidential information, intellectual property and non-compete provisions and the enforcement of these arrangements
  • Managing legal risks associated with the termination of employment
  • Strategic industrial relations advice - responding to industrial disputes
  • Employment related grievances, disputes and litigation
  • Employment and industrial relations issues arising in mergers, acquisitions and outsourcing transactions
  • Employment issues arising in insolvency situations
  • Compliance with discrimination/equal opportunity laws and defending clients in the resolution of sensitive disputes in this area
  • Compliance with occupational health and safety laws, assisting clients with investigations and prosecutions under OHS laws
  • Workplace culture and privacy issues.
  • According to Chambers Global Guide 2009, "Andrew is praised as 'an impressive lawyer who is very accessible, easy to deal with and always meets deadlines'..."

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Recent Matters

  • Advising both domestic and international clients on the implications of Federal workplace relations legislation (including both Labor's Fair Work Act and WorkChoices) including Xstrata, Nestle, Citigroup, Chubb, Moody's, Sensis, GrainCorp and McKinsey & Company and Microsoft among others
  • Advising Xstrata on the employment/IR aspects of its restructuring and integration of the Mt Isa Mines business globally including the redundancy program implemented at MIMs Brisbane headquarters
  • Advising Primary Health Care on its head office restructuring following its acquisition of Symbion Health
  • Advising Colgate-Palmolive on redundancy programs in their production plants
  • Advising several corporate clients on sensitive executive level separations including Westpac, Xstrata, Infigen Energy, Downer EDI, BG/QGC and nib among others
  • Advising the Agricultural Bank of China on employment law issues associated with its Australian branch office
  • Advising corporate clients including Xstrata, Westpac, BlueScope Steel, NAB, Telstra, GrainCorp, Macquarie Group, CVC, CHAMP, Ernst & Young and AMP on industrial relations and employment issues associated with the sale, purchase and restructuring of businesses (including outsourcing of activities) in a range of industries including mining, construction, electricity, telecommunications, finance and the services sector
  • Acting for clients including Westpac, UGL, Lion, Fairfax, GrainCorp, Nestle, Chubb, Otis, Ernst & Young, Sensis and PwC in defending employment related litigation in courts and industrial tribunals in State and Federal industrial tribunals
  • Advising "blue chip" clients including BHP Billiton, Tabcorp, Echo Entertainment, Westfield and others on the harmonisation of work health and safety laws
  • Representing corporate clients in their successful defence of prosecutions under the Occupational Health & Safety Act (NSW) arising out of workplace fatalities including proceedings before the Full Bench of the Industrial Court of New South Wales.


  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Australian Labour Law Association.


  • 1996: Bachelor of Economics degree, University of Newcastle
  • 1997: Summer Clerk, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney
  • 1999: Bachelor of Laws degree (Honours, Class I), Diploma of Legal Practice, University of Newcastle
  • 1999: Admitted as a Solicitor in New South Wales
  • 1999 - 2003: Solicitor, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney
  • 2003 - 2006: Senior Associate, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney
  • 2006 - 2006: Special Counsel, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney
  • 2007 - 2012: Partner, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney
  • 2012 - present: Partner, King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney.


Legal insights

Australian whistleblower protections now apply to disclosers who have ‘reasonable grounds to suspect’ that the information disclosed concerns misconduct, or an improper state of affairs or...

04 March 2021

On 12 November 2020 APRA released a revised draft of the CPS 511, being the proposed new prudential framework to regulate remuneration in APRA regulated entities.

21 December 2020

Today, the Federal Government introduced the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 (the Bill) which proposes significant changes to Australia’s industrial...

09 December 2020

There seems to be an increasing litany of companies finding themselves in the midst of a scandal.

08 December 2020

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