Ian Latham


Year of Admission to the NSW bar


Email: ianlatham@denmanchambers.com.au

Telephone: (02) 9264 6899


areas of practice

  • Industrial/Employment

  • Administrative Law

  • Inquests and Commissions of Inquiry


Ian Latham specialises in industrial, employment, administrative law and inquiries.

Ian has appeared in a number of important industrial cases including the Tristar litigation, which was the first case about the Independent Contractors Act, the first case about the sham contractor provisions and a major case about accessorial liability under the Fair Work Act 2009.

Ian writes for the Lexis Fair Work Act and NSW Industrial Relations Act looseleaf services. He also writes on industrial law and Australian Rules Football.

Selected cases

Tasty Chicks  Pty Limited & Ors v Chief Commissioner of State Revenue [2011] HCA 41 (5 October 2011) (2011) 245 CLR 446

Payroll Tax- grouping provisions – satisfaction of the Commissioner

Gregory v Qantas Airways Ltd [2016] FCAFC 7, (2016) 241 FCR 72

Judicial review – test for permission to appeal in FWC

National Archives of Australia v Fernandes [2014] FCAFC 158 (17 November (2014) 233 FCR 478

Appeal against decision to release a document that might reasonably be expected to cause damage to the security, defence or international relations of the Commonwealth

Keldote Pty Ltd v Riteway Transport Pty Ltd [2010] FMCA 394, (2010) 195 IR 423

Independent Contractors Act – Variation of Independent Contract on grounds of unfairness – powers of Court

Nardy House v Perry [2016] FWCFB 1621, (2016) 257 IR 248

Meaning of casual employment – need to inform parties of potential findings

Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry

Janssen v South Western Sydney Local Health District [2017] NSWIRComm 1076 (14 December 2017)

Victimisation – extension of time

Health Care Complaints Commission v Qadri [2017] NSWCATOD 155

Over prescription of drugs of addiction – professional misconduct – appropriate orders

Botany Council ICAC inquiry

Inquiry into corrupt conduct at Botany Bay Council