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Martin Stirling

Senior Associate, Melbourne Direct: +61 3 9044 5444

Martin is a highly experienced employment lawyer and has acted for large and small employers within a broad range of industries across Australia.

Before becoming a lawyer, Martin worked as a human resource specialist where he advised and assisted senior executives to meet business objectives and manage employees.  His experience and practical understanding of corporate business operations  means clients benefit from his dual perspectives as both a lawyer and business advisor when dealing with their employment and industrial law matters.   Martin’s approach also draws on his experience as a director  on the board of a not-for-profit charity.

Martin appreciates his clients ultimately want solutions to problems – not just legal advice and representation. Having worked as both an in-house and external advisor to businesses, Martin is well placed to assist businesses pre-empt and navigate their employment law issues.

Highly skilled  in handling proceedings commenced under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and state based equal opportunity and anti-discrimination legislation, Martin provides his clients with advice and support as he guides them through what are often stressful and unfamiliar proceedings. Martin has developed particular expertise in matters which involve termination of employment and alleged discrimination.

Martin appears on behalf of his clients at the Fair Work Commission, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and Federal Court of Australia in circumstances where his clients prefer not to engage counsel.


LawSense – Law for Nurses – Understanding and navigating rights and obligations during recruitment, screening and election May 2019

Law Sense – Law for Mental Health Practitioners Vic   – ‘Supervising staff and contractors in mental health practice –  Understanding and managing potential liability’  2018

Presentation to insurers on Out of hours conduct and social media – Liability exposure and risk management: what employers and their insurers need to know. 2018