Employment Law

For 25 years in Western Australia we have specialised in disputes over breaches of contracts of employment.  We act for businesses of all sizes in disputes over company property, information and restraint of trade clauses in contracts.  We have successfully represented our clients in Supreme Court actions to enforce contract and common law terms of employment. 

Although we act predominantly for employers, we do act for senior employees/executives who need contracts reviewed or who are in dispute with their employers over contract matters and need advice from the best experienced Perth employment lawyers.

There has in recent years been a spike in cases involving claims over employment contract breaches and our expertise in this area means we provide the best legal advice as lawyers experienced in this field. If you suspect there has been internal conduct damaging to your company we can advise you on the important urgent steps you should take to protect your company and your intellectual property.

Our rates and fixed prices are lower than the prices charged by many Perth Commercial law firms because we own our offices so we don't pay the exorbitant St George's Tce rent that many commercial law firms do.  

We also advise clients on matters regarding the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WA) and we regularly appear in the Fair Work Commission and the West Australian Industrial Relations Commission.

Further information can be found here regarding our fixed fees.

We offer fixed fees for Employment Agreements.  

We can provide you with advice on contracts, injunctions and commencing litigation.  Aherns Lawyers handles all employment law matters in Perth for employers and senior employees relating to:

  • Alleged breaches of contracts of employment;
  • Employees poaching/stealing clients;
  • Advice on Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) matters;
  • Advice on Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WA) matters;
  • Improper use of company materials and trade secrets;
  • Review of contracts for senior employees and executives.
  • Termination of employment contracts;
  • Preparation of deeds of confidentiality;
  • Advice on restraint of trade clauses and employment contracts;
  • Issues regarding confidential information;
  • Protection of trade and client secrets;
  • Preparation of employee contracts of employment;
  • Poaching of employers' clients;
  • Advice on business structures and insolvencies;
  • We prepare drug and alcohol policies for businesses of all sizes;
  • Improper use of company property;
  • Legal advice on non-compete and restraint clauses;
  • Defending workplace injury claims; and
  • Fair Work Act Claims

We defend Worksafe prosecutions resulting from serious injuries and breaches of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

We act for employers in unfair dismissal cases and all claims made under the State and Federal Work Act Legislation.  Unfair Dismissal in WA is covered by either federal unfair dismissal laws under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), or the State unfair dismissal laws under the Industrial Relations Act 1979 (WA). 

We prepare employment contracts and management contracts for employers, drug and alcohol policies, deeds of confidentiality and secrecy, restraint of trade clauses as well as providing the full suite of services in relation to enforcement of all these agreements.

We have acted for clients in several major Supreme Court Actions in Perth claiming damages for using company property to set up a business in competition with our client.  We were able to settle these actions on the best terms that required substantial payouts to our clients and agreements preventing the Defendants from using our clients' intellectual property.

In a recent Worksafe prosecutions case we ensured that our clients received a fine in line with the lowest possible fine in similar cases around the country.