Nicholas ReadAdmitted to the Bar in 2013

Areas of Practice

  • Industrial/Employment
  • Criminal Law
  • Government and Regulatory Law
  • Work Health and Safety
  • Inquests and Commissions of Inquiry
  • Personal Injury and Workers Compensation

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Nick was called to the bar in September 2013.

Nick has a broad practice focussing on industrial, criminal and personal injury law.

Nick represents businesses, individuals, registered organisations and government departments in federal and state courts. He also appears in conciliation and arbitration processes before the Fair Work Commission, NCAT and the NSW Workers Compensation Commission.

In 2014 Nick was appointed to Legal Aid’s General Criminal Law Panel. He is also an approved legal service provider for workers compensation matters.

Prior to commencing at the bar Nick was a Senior Associate in the Workplace Relations team at Holman Webb Lawyers. From 2008 to 2010 Nick practiced in London where he worked exclusively for the government legal service and resolved employment, taxation and border disputes.

Nick is admitted to practice in NSW, the ACT and England & Wales.

Nick graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws in 2003.

Outside of the law Nick’s interests relate to sport and fitness. Nick is volunteer surf lifesaver with North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club. He is also the honorary lawyer for Easts Cricket Club (Waverley) Inc.

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Selected Cases

Work Health & Safety Law

Represented businesses in proceedings brought under the Work Health & Safety Act 2011 and the Occupational Health & Safety Act 2000, including advising on alternatives to prosecution (i.e. Enforceable Undertakings)

Inspector Nash v Macmahon Mining Services Pty Limited (re Junk) [2016] NSWDC 171 (19 August 2016) (Led by Sexton SC)

SafeWork NSW v Aluminium Shapemakers Pty Ltd, [2015] NSWDC, unreported (unled)

SafeWork NSW v Auen Grain Pty Ltd and SafeWork NSW v Merrywinebone Pty Ltd [2015] NSWDC 229 (22 September 2015) (Led by Hodgkinson SC)

WorkCover Authority of NSW v Gordon & Gotch Australia Pty Ltd [2014] NSWDC 376 (7 October 2014) (Led by Hodgkinson SC)

Employment/Industrial Law

Restraint of trade – resisted application by employer for an injunction to restrain a former sales employee from working with a competing IT business

Cadgroup Australia Pty Ltd v Snowball [2016] NSWSC 22 (4 February 2016)

Represented the Fair Work Ombudsman in civil penalty proceedings

Fair Work Ombudsman v Hair Industrie Mt Druitt Pty Ltd [2015] FCCA 3426 (22 December 2015

Represented the CEPU in a successful Full Bench appeal against a decision to approve a single enterprise agreement

Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia v Mirait Technologies Australia Pty Ltd [2015] FWCFB 5078 (27 July 2015)

Represented a member of the CEPU in a union rules case in the Federal Court of Australia

Baxter v Dwyer [2015] FCA 74 (13 February 2015)

Resisted application by an employee to extend time to bring an unfair dismissal application

Wang v Woden Early Childhood Centre Incorporated [2014] FWC 4409 (25 July 2014)

Inquests and Commissions of Inquiry

Nick has protected the interests of persons called to give evidence before the Trade Union Royal Commission and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Administrative Law

Represented individual client in disciplinary proceedings before the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority.  The proceedings involved over 30 separate grounds of complaint under the Registered Club Act 1976

Final Decision on Complaint in relation to Paddington Bowling Club Ltd under Part 6A of the Registered Clubs Act 1976

Judicial review proceedings relating to WorkCover’s refusal classify a workplace fatality as a “journey claim” under NSW workers compensation laws for the purposes of calculating insurance premiums

Riverina Plaster Works Pty Ltd v WorkCover NSW (2013/254475) (Led by Hooke SC)

Workers Compensation/Personal Injury

Successful appeals in the Workers Compensation Commission

Wiech v Aldi Stores [2017] NSWWCCPD 19 (5 May 2017)

Downer EDI Works Pty Ltd v McLuckie [2014] NSWWCCPD 57 (9 September 2014)

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