Jamie Wells

Jamie Wells

Jamie Wells is a Partner in the King & Wood Mallesons Employee Relations & Safety Group. Jamie deals with all employment and industrial relations issues, including: 

  • Enterprise bargaining and industrial disputes 
  • Discrimination, harassment, and bullying 
  • Unfair termination and General Protections claims 
  • Employment contracts and policies 
  • Executive employment issues, including statutory compliance
  • Employer superannuation obligations 
  • Confidentiality and restraints 
  • Work health and safety
  • Performance management and termination of employment 
  • Fair Work compliance 
  • Business sale, restructure, and outsourcing 
  • 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 "his industrial relations expertise is a real strength."  

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Recent matters 

  • Toll Transport: acted for Toll in various Fair Work disputes, including in relation to organisational change, restructuring of fleets, and the allocation of hours.  
  • Cross River Rail Delivery Authority: advising generally in relation to employment and industrial relations issues, including during the project procurement phase involving Building Code compliance and greenfields agreements.
  • Bombardier Transport Australia: appeared for Bombardier in a successful scope dispute and advised on related enterprise bargaining negotiations involving protected action and pickets.
  • Aurizon: acting in Federal Court adverse action proceedings relating to the suspension and discipline of a driver, based on his union status and safety role.
  • Tyro Payments: acting in Federal Court proceedings involving a claim of adverse action based on the termination of a former employee.
  • CleanCo: acting on the establishment of the State’s green generation corporation, including in relation to its transition of employees from existing generators, and the industrial relations strategy.
  • Mt Arthur class action: representing BHP in two class action proceedings concerning labour hire employees at Mt Arthur coal mine.
  • Bank of Queensland: acting for BOQ in various unfair dismissal, general protections, and discrimination claim.
  • Destination Brisbane: advising on employment and industrial relations issues arising out of the Queens Wharf development.
  • Aurelia Metals: acted for Aurelia on relocation of its head office to Brisbane, including necessary restructuring steps relating to senior management.
  • Unitywater: acted in protracted bargaining negotiations with multiple union parties, involving good faith bargaining and scope disputes, leading to the successful negotiations and approval of separate enterprise agreements.
  • Queensland Urban Utilities: advised on union coverage issues affecting rights of entry and enterprise bargaining, leading to the successful exclusion of an uninterested union.
  • Gladstone Ports Corporation: appeared for GPC in successful Fair Work proceedings relating to the resolution of a dispute over enterprise agreement entitlements.
  • Queensland Treasury Corporation: acted on the State’s electricity merger project, merging ENERGEX and Ergon Energy into Energy Queensland (Australasian Law Awards Energy & Resources Deal of the Year).
  • CSIRO: acted in the successful defence of a high profile general protections claim made by a former employee, involving a four week Federal Court trial.
  • Darwin Port: advised Landbridge during the acquisition of its interest in the Port of Darwin.

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Editor of Business Transfers and Employee Rights

  • Queensland Law Society



Legal insights

The High Court has injected certainty into the casual employment debate, and simplified the test considerably, by overturning the Federal Court in Rossato.

05 August 2021

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

This article was written by Nicholas Beech and Darcy Harwood. On 11 August 2020, the Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 (WA) (WHS Bill), received positive endorsement by the Standing...

14 August 2020

Today, a majority of the High Court has set aside the decision of the full Federal Court in Mondelez Australia Pty Ltd v AMWU & Ors [2019] FCFCA 138. Kiefel CJ, Nettle and Gordon JJ (and Edelman J in...

13 August 2020

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