Jamie Wells

Jamie Wells

Jamie Wells is a Partner in the King & Wood Mallesons Employee Relations & Safety Group. Jamie specialises in the full range of workplace-related issues, including: 

  • Business sale, restructure, and outsourcing 
  • Executive employment issues, including statutory compliance
  • Enterprise bargaining and industrial disputes 
  • Public sector employment 
  • Discrimination, harassment, and bullying 
  • Employment contracts and policies 
  • Employer superannuation obligations 
  • Confidentiality and restraints 
  • Work health and safety
  • Performance management and termination of employment 
  • Fair Work compliance 
  • General protections claims 
  • Insolvency-related employment issues.

According to Chambers Asia, Jamie is “a very responsive, knowledgeable and experienced practitioner who is extremely pragmatic and commercially focused”, and “just excellent”.

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Recent matters 

  • Qld asset leases - advised the Queensland government across all of the 2014 asset leasing proposals, in relation to consultation and employment transfer 
  • NSW poles and wires - advised the New South Wales government on the scoping study into privatisation options for its ‘poles and wires’ network 
  • Water industry award - acting for Seqwater and Queensland Urban Utilities during the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission water industry award modernisation program 
  • Virgin Australia – acted in various disability discrimination disputes regarding reasonable limitations on access to passenger aircraft 
  • Virgin Australia – acted in a range of industrial disputes including the calculation of cabin crew allowances, cabin crew leave accruals, applications to resolve agreement ambiguity, and resisting the registration of an enterprise association 
  • Water industry bargaining - acted for Seqwater and Queensland Urban Utilities during enterprise bargaining negotiations 
  • Bulk water merger - advised on the merger of bulk water authorities in South East Queensland, bringing Seqwater, Linkwater, and the Water Grid Manager and their functions together under one umbrella, and the relocation of Seqwater to Ipswich 
  • Queensland Urban Utilities – represented QUU in the QIRC Full Bench to obtain declarations about the enforceability of enterprise agreement content 
  • Aurizon separation and IPO - advised on the separation of QR National and Queensland Rail, and later public float of QR National 
  • Queensland Motorways - advised QIC on employment aspects of the sale of QML to Transurban, including the parallel renegotiation of the QML enterprise agreement 
  • Queensland Electricity Generators - advised on employment transfer issues during the Queensland Government's restructure of generators Stanwell, Tarong, and CS Energy, including the exchange of assets and employees 
  • Virgin Australia – advising on employment issues on the acquisition and integration of Tiger and Skywest 
  • Hastings Deering – acted in Fair Work proceedings to end unlawful industrial action, disciplinary proceedings, and general protections claims
  • Queensland Health – advised on the outsourcing of medical imaging services at the Central Queensland to a private provider 
  • Weight Watchers – advised on the negotiation and approval of the first enterprise agreement with meeting staff in anticipation of enterprise awards becoming obsolete 
  • Port of Brisbane – advised the Port in relation to an investigation of an incident involving the fatality of a contactor during reclamation works 
  • Hastings Deering – acted in QCAT proceedings to defend a discrimination claim based on roster changes and their impact on staff with family responsibilities 
  • Vale – advised Vale on unlawful industrial action at Carborough Downs, and in subsequent Fair Work claims following restructure of the workforce.

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Editor of Business Transfers and Employee Rights
  • Queensland Law Society
  • Industrial Relations Society of Queensland.


Legal insights

A Full Court of the Federal Court handed down a landmark decision relating to the meaning of “10 days of paid personal/carer’s leave” in s 96(1) of the Fair Work Act 2009.

22 August 2019

It will be no defence that a labour hire company was following the direction of another entity, even if the action is supported by an employment agreement.

21 December 2018

The Full Federal Court has, controversially, decided that employees classified as casuals under an industrial instrument may still be permanent employees.

09 October 2018

Thee Federal Circuit Court has taken a broad view of what constitutes a workplace right by awarding an employee $144,570.48 in compensation plus a pecuniary penalty

14 June 2018

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