Ruveni Kelleher Partner

Ruveni has over 20 years’ experience in all areas of employment law including workplace relations, industrial relations, anti-discrimination and work health and safety laws.

She is recognised as a leading or recommended lawyer in employment law in Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Legal 500, Doyles Guide and Best Lawyers.

Ruveni is a well-regarded, specialist employment lawyer who has acted in some of the most significant and sensitive high profile employment cases over the last ten years and achieved successful outcomes for her clients, including  in the executive, termination and restraint cases Guthrie v ABC, Seven Network v Amber Harrison, Seven Network v Warburton, the Daily Mail in News Ltd v Luke McIllveen and Yahoo!7 in Fairfax v Ed Harrison and the leading sexual harassment case, Fraser-Kirk v David Jones.

She is consistently recognised in the media as a leading employment law specialist and is a trusted adviser to leading corporates and institutions (including top 100 ASX listed and multi-national clients), such as Seven Group Holdings, Merivale Group, AMP Limited, illion Australia Pty Ltd, Ralph Lauren and Swissport Australia.

Ruveni advises on all aspects of workplace relations, including employment and related legislation, employee disputes, restructuring and outsourcing, industrial disputes, redundancies, enterprise bargaining, awards, workplace investigations, anti-discrimination and sexual harassment laws, employment contracts and policies, incentive arrangements, superannuation, independent contractors, restraints of trade, work health and safety, disciplinary issues and managing ill or injured workers.

She also works closely with leading private equity and venture capital clients on critical executive issues and large scale restructures, downsizing and outsourcing.

Ruveni regularly assists multinational corporations and international law firms on cross border employment law issues, including commencement of operations and employment in Australia, executive compensation and benefits, regulatory compliance requirements, international disputes and strategic issues arising out of international M&A transactions. Ruveni is a director on the global board of the International Women’s Forum based in the USA.

Experience

General

Michelle Guthrie v Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Acted in the proceedings commenced by Michelle Guthrie in the Federal Court against the Australian Broadcasting Corporation regarding the termination of her employment and in relation to various Parliamentary Inquiries regarding the matter. The matter was successfully resolved.

Seven v Squillace

Acted in the proceedings commenced by Seven Network in the New South Wales Supreme Court and the Federal Court, against a senior sales executive to enforce her post-employment non-compete obligations, delaying her commencing a sales role at Network Ten. The matter was successfully resolved.

Seven Network

Achieved a successful outcome in the high profile urgent interlocutory injunction and substantive proceedings commenced by the Ten Network against Seven Network’s programming consultant, John Stephens and the Seven Network.

Macquarie University

Achieved successful resolutions for Macquarie University in various employment related litigation in the Federal Court of Australia by senior employees, including adverse action proceedings and breach of contract proceedings.

Yahoo!7

Achieved a successful outcome in the Supreme Court proceedings for breach of post-employment restraints by Fairfax Media Ltd against the new Chief Executive Officer of Yahoo!7 Pty Ltd.

BNP Paribas

Acted for BNP Paribas in the successful applications to the Fair Work Commission to terminate various enterprise agreements.

Daily Mail Australia

Achieved a successful resolution for the Daily Mail Group and Nine Entertainment Co Pty Ltd in interlocutory injunction proceedings commenced by News Limited to prevent the new Chief Executive Officer of Dailymail.com Aust Pty Ltd commencing employment.

Recognition

Career & qualifications

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (History & Industrial Relations), University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of New South Wales

Memberships

  • Australian Labour Lawyers Association
  • Industrial Relations Society
  • Australian Human Resources Institute
  • International Women’s Forum Australia, Director

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