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Henry Skene

Partner

Melbourne
Direct: +61 3 9631 0701
Mobile: +61 411 478 758
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Henry Skene is a partner in the International Employment Law practice of Seyfarth Shaw Australia.  Henry has more than 15 years of experience advising employers and business owners in all aspects of workplace relations.

Henry is known for his strong rapport with clients, and for working collaboratively with business owners and managers, to assess business problems, and implement innovative, commercially focused and long-term solutions.

Henry is identified as a leading lawyer in labour and employment law by international legal guides, including the Chambers and Partners, Doyles Guide, APL500 and Best Lawyers. In Chambers Asia-Pacific, Henry is described as a “a thought leader on workplace strategy and labour market reform” and a “robust litigator” who “inspires loyalty and a high degree of respect in his clients”. Since 2008, he has been recognised by Best Lawyers, and in 2013 was awarded Best Lawyers ‘Melbourne Labour and Employment Lawyer of the Year.’

Specialising in workplace relations strategy, Henry’s practice contemplates all aspects of workplace change strategy and execution, including enterprise bargaining, collective labour disputes and litigation, individual employment arrangements and litigation, and construction and infrastructure management. He has acted in many of the largest and most complex matters in this field. Henry has acted for major employers in workplace litigation in Federal and State jurisdictions, and regularly appears before Fair Work Australia.

His clients come from a range of industries, including mining and resources, construction and infrastructure projects, retail, manufacturing, professional services and energy. He has also acted for various public sector bodies in relation to compliance issues and workplace reform.

Henry Skene is a partner in the International Employment Law practice of Seyfarth Shaw Australia.  Henry has more than 15 years of experience advising employers and business owners in all aspects of workplace relations.

Henry is known for his strong rapport with clients, and for working collaboratively with business owners and managers, to assess business problems, and implement innovative, commercially focused and long-term solutions.

Henry is identified as a leading lawyer in labour and employment law by international legal guides, including the Chambers and Partners, Doyles Guide, APL500 and Best Lawyers. In Chambers Asia-Pacific, Henry is described as a “a thought leader on workplace strategy and labour market reform” and a “robust litigator” who “inspires loyalty and a high degree of respect in his clients”. Since 2008, he has been recognised by Best Lawyers, and in 2013 was awarded Best Lawyers ‘Melbourne Labour and Employment Lawyer of the Year.’

Specialising in workplace relations strategy, Henry’s practice contemplates all aspects of workplace change strategy and execution, including enterprise bargaining, collective labour disputes and litigation, individual employment arrangements and litigation, and construction and infrastructure management. He has acted in many of the largest and most complex matters in this field. Henry has acted for major employers in workplace litigation in Federal and State jurisdictions, and regularly appears before Fair Work Australia.

His clients come from a range of industries, including mining and resources, construction and infrastructure projects, retail, manufacturing, professional services and energy. He has also acted for various public sector bodies in relation to compliance issues and workplace reform.

Education

  • LL.B., University of Melbourne Law School (1999)
    with honours
  • B.A., University of Melbourne (1996)

Admissions

  • An Australian legal practitioner, admitted in Victoria (2002).

Affiliations

  • Advisory Board of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law of The University of Melbourne
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Industrial Relations Society of Victoria