Emily Dempster Senior Associate

Emily Dempster practices exclusively in the area of workplace relations. She has worked with clients from a broad range of industries including transport, hospitality, manufacturing, retail, not-for-profit, caravan parks and local government.

Emily regularly advises human resources managers and company owners on all aspects of workplace relations law, from complex projects such as redundancies and restructures to day-to-day issues such as compliance, investigations, dismissals and employment litigation.

Emily also works with executives in relation to their employment including advising on contract disputes, negotiating terminations and “golden handshakes”.

Emily regularly collaborates with advisors including safety and OHS consultants, independent investigators, recruitment agencies and EAP providers.

Emily has appeared in all Victorian State and Federal Courts as well as the Fair Work Commission, the Victorian and, Australian Human Rights Commissions and the NSW Industrial Relations Commission.

Emily’s Madgwicks Moment: Madgwicks provides us with multiple opportunities to develop and grow our skills and practice. In the area of thought leadership, I have developed and honed my presentation skills to the extent that I now deliver high profile external presentations in my specialised field of workplace relations. Additionally, being promoted to Senior Associate is a stand out moment for me.


  • Employment contracts
  • Workplace litigation
  • Award interpretation
  • Restructuring & redundancy
  • Workplace policy development and implementation
  • Bullying and harassment disputes
  • Workplace investigations
  • Transfer of business implications including employee entitlements, contracts and enterprise agreements
  • Organisational restructure and redundancy
  • Employee disciplinary processes and dismissals
  • Dismissal disputes, (unfair dismissal, general protections and discrimination)
  • Post-employment restraints and obligations
  • Equal opportunity, discrimination and sexual harassment claims
  • Independent contractor arrangements
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