Ian LathamAdmitted to the Bar in 1997

Areas of Practice

  • Industrial
  • Employment
  • Work Health and Safety
  • Criminal
  • Appellate
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Inquests/Specialist Tribunals
  • Payroll Tax


More Information

Ian Latham studied Arts and Law at the Australian National University.

Ian Latham specialises in industrial and employment law.  He has appeared in a number of important industrial cases including the Tristar litigation, the first case about the Independent Contractors Act, the first case about the sham contractor provisions and a major case about accessorial liability.  Ian writes for the Butterworths Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and NSW Industrial Relations Act, 1996 looseleaf services. Ian also writes articles and on industrial and employment law and Australian Rules football.

Doyles Recommended Leading Employment Barristers – Sydney, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Selected Cases


AAT: Fernandes and National Archives of Australia [2011] AATA 202

ADT NSW: Macdonald Contractors (Australia) Pty Ltd v Chief Commissioner of State Revenue [2007] NSWADT 56

ALP Internal Appeals Tribunal, Barbara Perry v Hicham Zraika ADT NSW

FWA: Commonwealth of Australia (Department of Defence) v Black; [2011] FWAFB 3038 (18 May 2011), 210 IR 6

ICAC: Report on investigation into the alleged mistreatment of nurses: http://www.icac.nsw.gov.au/files/pdf/Jardine_Report_pub2_96i.pdf

NCAT: Lombard Farms Pty Ltd v Chief Commissioner of State Revenue [2014] NSWCATAD 132 (10 September 2014)

NSW IRC: Buckman v Burdekin Resources 85 IR 415

NSW WCC: Sydney Local Health District v Fragar [2014] NSWWCCPD 59

Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry



NSW Coroners Court: Inquest into the death of Marcus WILSON

NSW District Court: R v Rankin [2006] NSWDC 183.

NSW Supreme Court: Kealy v SHD Services Pty Limited as Trustee of the SHDS Unit Trust and Ors [2011] NSWSC 709

NSW Court of Appeal: B&L Linings v Chief Commissioner of State Revenue [2008] NSWCA 187, 74 NSWLR 481

Victorian Supreme Court: Frugtniet v Board of Examiners [2005] VSC 332 (24 August 2005)

Federal Magistrates Court: Keldote Pty Ltd and Others v Riteway Transport Pty Ltd 239 FLR 432, 195 IR 453, [2010] FMCA 394

National Archives of Australia v Fernandes [2014] FCAFC 158; (2014) 233 FCR 478; 65 AAR 82

High Court: Tasty Chicks  Pty Limited & Ors v Chief Commissioner of State Revenue [2011] HCA 41 (5 October 2011)

Selected Published Work

Australian Journal of Administrative Law; ‘Seeking the release of Commonwealth documents: A foray into the Archives Act’ (2016) 23 AJ Admin L 107.

Rejecting a settlement offer in an unfair dismissal case: the risk of costs, (2015) 21(3) ELB

Legal representation in unfair dismissal cases, employment law bulletin, September 2013

Co author of LexisNexis Annotated Acts: Annotated Fair Work Act & Related Legislation, 2nd Edition, 3rd Edition

Case Note, Re Moore and Others, 15 FLR 344

Enforcement of the Workplace Relations Act: The use of civil penalties Employment Law Bulletin July 2004

Commentary to Industrial Law NSW, Butterworths loose leaf service

Commentary to Fair Work Butterworths loose leaf service

Employment: A question of fact? employment law bulletin, November/December 2010

Piercing the corporate veil: The pursuit of employee entitlements (2010) 1 WR 98

Permission to appeal unfair dismissal decisions under s 400 of the Fair Work   Act, employment law bulletin, July/August  2011

Seeking the release of Commonwealth documents: A foray into the Archives Act (2015) 23 AJ Admin L 1

The AFL Tribunal and Sentencing Theory, The Commentator, 21 March 2007

Selected Papers

Recent developments in adverse action and general protection claims UNSW CLE 16 March 2016

Recent developments in the law of damages for breach of employment contracts, UNSW CLE 27 October 2015

Negotiation of Senior Executive employment terms and conditions, UNSWCLE 27 November 2007

An introduction to the Fair Work Act, Unions NSW, 27 August 2009.

Taree Law Society CLE, Hot Topics in the Workplace, 22 June 2011

Legalwise, Statutory Interpretation: Turning Theory into Practice, 4 September 2013

UNSW, Workplace Health and Safety Defending a prosecution, 6 March 2014

UNSW, Registration and Coverage, Enforcement in ‘Regulation and Control of Labour Organisations’, August 2014

Collected Video

Fighting Government Secrecy

Languages Spoken

English (fluent)/ French (good)/ Greek (hopeless)


Tel: 02 9264 6899  | Fax: 02 9264 5541 | E-mail: ianlatham@denmanchambers.com.au


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