Johnston Withers

Employment lawyers.

From unfair dismissal to employment disputes, you can rely on Johnston Withers Lawyers to help with a wide range of workplace matters.

Everyone deserves to feel safe and secure at work, which is why there are laws in place to make sure you’re treated fairly by the people you work for and with.

Knowing your rights and responsibilities under employment law can protect you from discrimination, unfair dismissal and other work-related disputes.

With a long history of representing employees and unions, our team of experienced employment lawyers based in Adelaide and regional South Australia are here to provide expert, trusted advice.

Our workplace lawyers have represented employees, unions and employers in South Australia for over 75 years.

Talk to us about:

Unfair dismissal in Adelaide and regional South Australia

Have you been dismissed and believe the dismissal was harsh, unjust or unreasonable? This is called an unfair dismissal.

Our team of expert fair work lawyers in Adelaide and regional South Australia can advise on what to do if you’ve been unfairly terminated (more on this here)

Employment contracts

Our workplace lawyers in our Adelaide and regional offices have wide-ranging experience advising employees, including executive employees on employment contracts.

Whether you’re updating your team’s existing contracts or drafting an agreement for a new employee, there’s a range of things to consider.

Disciplinary proceedings

If you’re facing disciplinary proceedings at work or before a body such as the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), our team of leading employment dispute lawyers can provide expert advice and representation.

Investigations of allegations

Have allegations been made against you or your employee at work? We can provide informed advice about your rights, and assist you to navigate the disciplinary process.

Independent contracting

Not sure whether you’re an independent contractor or an employee? It’s important to know the difference. Our team can help you understand the nature of your employment as well as your relevant rights and entitlements.

Underpayment of wages

If you believe you’ve been underpaid or haven’t been paid for the work you’ve performed, our employment dispute lawyers can provide honest, practical advice.

Employee entitlements

Our team of employee lawyers can provide confidential advice on your entitlements under an employment contract, Award or Enterprise Agreement. This includes leave, pay and flexible working arrangements (more on those here).


Whether you’ve been offered a redundancy package, are considering applying for one, or you’re an employer intending to offer redundancies, our workplace lawyers can provide expert advice about your rights and options.


It is illegal for an employee to discriminate against an employee on the basis of race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, religion, political opinion, caring responsibilities, or pregnancy.

If you’re an employee and believe you’ve been discriminated against at work, our fair work lawyers can help.

Bullying and harassment

If you’re experiencing any kind of bullying or harassment at work, we can provide advice about your rights and options.

Adverse action

Employers can’t take action against their employees for discriminatory reasons or because they’ve exercised their workplace rights. If your employer has dismissed you, altered your position, or treated you differently after you’ve exercised your rights at work, our team of workplace lawyers can help.

Work health and safety

Are you concerned about your health and safety at work? Have you experienced adverse treatment because you’ve made a health and safety complaint? Our team can provide expert, informed advice about employee rights as well as employer health and safety obligations.

Public sector employers

We have a wealth of experience advising and representing public sector employees in a range of employment matters.

Meet the employment law team


Patrick North

Practice leader: Employment and industrial law
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10 Things Your Employment Contract Should Contain

Many people think that if they do not have a written contract of employment then they are not under a contract of employment. This is incorrect. A verbal agreement can still be an enforceable agreement at law.

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Flexible Working Arrangements

Flexible working arrangements are an increasingly common way for employees to achieve a healthy work life balance. Being able to work non-standard hours or from home can be especially useful for employees who have young children or who live a distance away from their place of employment.

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5 Tips to Ensure Discrimination-Free Recruitment

It is important that employers consider anti-discrimination laws when recruiting employees or contractors to ensure they are not liable to a discrimination claim.

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We’re proud to have helped thousands of South Australians make sure they’re treated fairly at work.

When experience matters, we’re here to help you too.

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