Johnston Withers has a strong tradition extending over 70 years of advising and acting for clients in relation to employment and industrial relations matters. As a result we have developed a strong and trusted reputation in this field.

Our firm also has a long history of acting for unions in making and amending awards before the Industrial Commission, and advising as to the rights of their members.

We represent clients in both the State and Australian Industrial Relations Commissions, and in the State and Federal Courts. During our many years’experience we have been successful in achieving outcomes in many high profile cases, including those argued before the High Court.


Our Adelaide lawyers can help you with:

Employment law for South Australians

We recognise the importance of a good working relationship for employees, employers and their families and often use our mediation skills and experience to reach a mutually satisfactory outcome.

Working across a range of matters, we can advise you in relation to:
  • unfair dismissal,
  • employment contracts,
  • disciplinary proceedings,
  • bullying and harassment at work, and
  • wages and employment entitlement claims in the Industrial Court.

Discrimination & harassment

Johnston Withers has a proud history representing clients in discrimination and harassment cases arising under both State and Federal legislation and have successfully secured compensation for many deserving clients in the past.

Grounds for discrimination can include
  • sexual discrimination,
  • disability discrimination,
  • racial discrimination,
  • age discrimination, and
  • other matters prohibited by law.

Our skill and experience means we can assist you to set out the grounds of your application to the relevant Commission. We will also represent you at the first stage of conciliation conferences, including lending assistance to ensure a comprehensive case is presented at these conferences. In circumstances where the matter proceeds, we will prepare the evidence and submissions and be a strong advocate before the Tribunal or Court.