Richard Dalton QC

ADMITTED  1994    BAR  2004

PHONE  9225 6799
MOBILE  0418 567 010

Richard  Dalton,  LL..B(HONOURS) (MELB) B.COMM(MELB)


  • Commercial Law
  • Contract
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Employment / Industrial
  • Equal Opportunity / Discrimination
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Trade Practices

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In over 25 years of practice as a workplace relations lawyer, Richard has acted for most of the significant employers in Australia across all industries, including coal and metalliferous mining, offshore oil and gas, airlines, stevedoring, transport and logistics, building and construction, power generation, telecommunications and manufacturing. Richard has also acted extensively for government and public sector employers, as well as regulators such as the Fair Work Ombudsman and the ABCC.

Richard has a national practice, regularly advising and appearing interstate. He appears in courts and tribunals in the full range of industrial and employment matters, including:

  • injunctions and civil penalties under the Fair Work Act 2009;
  • enforcement of awards/enterprise agreements;
  • managing compliance issues, including FWO investigations, enforcement undertakings and other FWO enforcement activity
  • all types of proceedings in the Fair Work Commission, particularly appeals, private arbitrations, industrial action orders, right of entry disputes and union demarcation and rules cases;
  • adverse action and wrongful dismissal claims;
  • discrimination claims;
  • OHS prosecutions.

Recent cases include:

  • Esso Australia Pty Ltd T/A Esso v The Australian Workers’ Union; the Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia; the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union [2019] FWC 6143
  • DP World Melbourne Limited v Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union [2019] FCA 1209
  • Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union v McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd [2019] FCA 1376
  • Civil Air Operations Officers' Association of Australia v Airservices Australia [2019] FCA 1542
  • Fair Work Ombudsman v Hu (No 2) [2019] FCAFC 133 (16 August 2019)
  • Australian Building and Construction Commissioner v Powell (No 2) [2019] FCA 972
  • Minister for Industrial Relations for the State of Victoria v Esso Australia Pty Ltd [2019] FCAFC 26 (19 February 2019)
  • Australian Workers' Union v Registered Organisations Commissioner (No 7) [2019] FCA 195 (15 February 2019)
  • Treasury Wine Estates Vintners Limited v Pearson [2019] FCAFC 21 (13 February 2019)
  • Pilbara Iron Company (Services) Pty Ltd t/a Rio Tinto Iron Ore v Michael Ballam [2018] FWCFB 1747

From 01 Jul 2008, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.