Nicholas Read


Admitted to the NSW Bar in 2013

Admitted as as a Solicitor in 2003


Telephone: (02) 9264 6899


areas of practice

  • Government and Regulatory

  • Work Health and Safety

  • Industrial/Employment

  • Personal Injury and Workers Compensation

  • Inquests and Commissions of Inquiry

  • Criminal Law

  • Administrative Law


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

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

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 worked for the government legal service in London where he litigated employment and organised tax fraud disputes. Nick has also worked with Moray & Agnew Lawyers in Sydney and WorkCover NSW (now SafeWork NSW).

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

Selected cases

Work Health & Safety

SafeWork NSW v MJM Painting Services & Anor [2019] NSWDC 124 (15 April 2019)

SafeWork NSW v QSR Pty Ltd [2019] NSWDC 67 (22 March 2019)

Attorney General for New South Wales v Macmahon Mining Services Pty Ltd [2019] NSWCCA 8 (26 February 2019) (led by Sexton SC)

SafeWork NSW v Wholesale Joinery Pty Limited [2018] NSWDC 91 (16 April 2018)

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

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)


Seupule-Feau v Seventh Day Adventist Church (North NSW Conference) Ltd [2017] NSWCATAD 355 (30 November 2017)

Successful defence of race discrimination claim against a church

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

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

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)

Successful Full Bench appeal against a decision to approve a single enterprise agreement

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

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

Administrative Law

CGU Workers Compensation (NSW) Ltd v Department of Planning and Environment [2018] NSWCATAD 169 (3 August 2018)

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


Arbitrator of the Workers Compensation Commission of NSW (2017 - present)

Honorary Lawyer for Easts Cricket Club (Waverley) Inc (2013 - present)

Legal Aid General Criminal Law panel (2014 - present)

Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecution's panel (2018 - present)