Johnston Withers

Alison Dutton.

Lawyer

Alison is an experienced employment and industrial lawyer, who specialises in providing assistance and advice to employees and union members.

Working on Kaurna lands (Adelaide) and Ngarrindjeri lands (Murray Bridge) by appointment.

Alison’s particular interests include sex discrimination matters and ensuring that women are not treated adversely or disadvantaged for taking parental leave, returning to the workplace, and negotiating flexible working arrangements with their employers.

Talk to Alison about

Employment law
Industrial law

Alison's qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Alison's memberships

Alison's experience

Alison’s passion for employment law stems from her background in human rights law and gender studies. Although she grew up in the Adelaide Hills, Alison completed her high school education in India. She then moved to Sydney for tertiary studies, where she spent the next twenty years before relocating back to her hometown in 2020.

Alison began her career in employment and industrial law at Turner Freeman in Sydney after graduating from the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in gender studies. She was admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW in 2011.

After specialising in employee and union matters for several years, Alison decided to start her own legal practice 'Labour Pains Legal' in 2014. As Principal, she represented clients in matters such as termination of employment, redundancies, discrimination, harassment, and bullying claims. Alison has also been invited to discuss topical employment trends on media platforms including 'A Current Affair,' 'Kidspot,' and 'The Daily Telegraph.'

Alison's expertise

Alison has acquired extensive experience in all facets of employment and industrial law, specialising in providing assistance and advice to employees and union members.

Alison’s particular interests include sex discrimination matters and ensuring that women are not treated adversely or disadvantaged for taking parental leave, returning to the workplace, and negotiating flexible working arrangements with their employers.

Outside of Law

Outside of her professional life, Alison enjoys choral singing, swimming at the beach, taking long walks, and caring for her beloved cats.

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