Dan Williams

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Brisbane, Australia
    Local Time: Monday 10:14

Practice Expertise

  • Employment
  • Education

Areas of Practice

  • Education
  • Employment

WSG Practice Industries


I have also conducted a wide range of proceedings in various courts and tribunals. These cover matters such as unfair and unlawful dismissals, discrimination claims and coronial inquests.

My practice spans sectors as diverse as construction and infrastructure, education, manufacturing and aviation. I am also a prolific speaker, author, lecturer and trainer, with a strong interest in workplace relations public policy.

Career highlights

  • AGL – assisted the energy provider achieve a step change in the industrial arrangements at its Loy Yang A power station and associated coal mine. This involved working in a sensitive social and political environment and against highly organised and entrenched union opposition
  • Brookfield Multiplex; Laing O’Rourke; Lendlease – counselled top tier construction companies on industrial relations and Building Code issues, delivering strategic litigation support in urgent timeframes as well as strategic and legal advice regarding unlawful industrial action and other relevant issues

Independent recognition

  • Recommended, Education – Best Lawyers
  • Recommended, Employee Benefits – Best Lawyers
  • Recommended, Labour and Employment – Best Lawyers
  • Band 1 Employment Law – Chambers Asia - Pacific
  • Leading Individual, Labour and Employment – The Legal 500

Industry and Legal Affiliations

  • Member, Industrial Relations Subcommittee, Federal Law Council
  • Member, Industrial Relations Subcommittee, Queensland Law Society
  • Member, Industrial Relations Society of Queensland
  • Member, Australian Corporate Lawyers Association

BA, LLB (Hons)

Areas of Practice

  • Education
  • Employment

Professional Career

Professional Associations
  • Federal Law Council Industrial Relations Sub-Committee, Member
  • Queensland Law Society Industrial Relations Sub-Committee, Member
  • Queensland Industrial Relations Society, Member
  • Australian Corporate Lawyers Association, Member


  • Debating the future of work in the resources sector

    In this article Dan Williams shares his insights from chairing an employment law panel at the recent AMPLA national conference held in Brisbane.

  • Universities' power to discipline students who engage in misconduct that could amount to a criminal offence

    The Queensland Court of Appeal has confirmed that universities can discipline students that engage in misconduct that could amount to a criminal offence if the conduct was separately proven before a Court exercising criminal jurisdiction. The Court of Appeal has given the sector a timely reminder of the challenges of ensuring procedural fairness in student disciplinary proceedings involving such conduct.

  • HR&IR Update: Developments on Labor’s employment and industrial relations policy

    As the Federal election campaign gathers pace over the coming months, we are monitoring developments around employment and industrial relations and will keep you updated on the potential implications for your organisation, particularly if we see a change in government.

  • Rossato decision by High Court: Our Review

    WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato [2021] HCA 23

    In a much-anticipated decision, the High Court of Australia has upheld an appeal by WorkPac against a decision of the Federal Court and, in doing so, provided greater certainty about the role of written contracts in determining the rights of employees. Below we set out the details of the case, and what this decision means for employers.

  • High Court clarifies test for determining employee or independent contractor

    The High Court of Australia yesterday clarified that generally only the rights and duties provided under a contract must be considered to determine whether a person is an employee or independent contractor. We set out the details and implications of these timely decisions.

  • Resolution of protracted industrial dispute for AGL
    MinterEllison acted for AGL in relation to a protracted industrial dispute culminating in unprotected industrial action at the Loy Yang A Power Station in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria.
  • High Court provides guidance on academic freedom: Ridd v James Cook University

    Most universities in Australia have an academic or intellectual freedom clause in their Enterprise Agreement. We discuss why the High Court's recent interpretation and application of this clause is useful guidance for universities.

  • Negotiating AGLs contentious replacement enterprise agreement
    MinterEllison enabled AGL to achieve a step change in the industrial arrangements at its Loy Yang A power station and coal mine against highly organised and entrenched union opposition, and in a sensitive social and political environment.
  • Enterprise agreement struck in the energy sector

    MinterEllison advised AGL on a complex industrial dispute in relation to its Loy Yang A power station and coal mine in the Latrobe Valley.


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