Key practice areas: Employment & Industrial Law
Qualifications: BA, LLB (Hons)
Location: Melbourne (VIC)
Josh Bornstein manages Maurice Blackburn's national Employment & Industrial
Law practice, based in Melbourne. He has
advised a wide range of employees throughout Australia together
with expatriate executives based in Asia and Europe. His clients
have included banking, financial services and telecommunications
executives, media professionals, wharfies, and employees at the
Melbourne City Council and an ASX listed company.
Josh has been recognised as Victoria's top employment lawyer in
Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2013. Doyle's
Guide also ranks Josh as one of the "Pre-eminent Industrial
Disputes lawyers" in Australia.
Josh provides legal advice and conducts litigation in a variety
of areas, including employment contracts, redundancy, restraint of trade, discrimination, bullying and industrial disputation.
He has conducted many important anti-discrimination cases with a
particular focus on freedom of association and workplace
Josh has been a passionate advocate for the introduction of
federal legislation explicitly addressing workplace
bullying and has welcomed the enactment of a national
anti-bullying law which will commence operating in January
He has also negotiated numerous substantial out of court
Josh has a wide range of interests. He is a Director of economic
thinktank Per Capita, and is a member of the
University of Melbourne
Advisory Board of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations
Law. He was also a Director of State Trustees between
2010-2012. In 2013, he became President of Tzedek, an advocacy group for
victims of child sexual abuse, and was appointed deputy Chair of
the Racing Appeals and
Disciplinary Board earlier this month.
Between 2003-2005, Josh was Chairman of the Industrial Relations
Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria. In 2007 he was the
Chair of its Workplace Relations Section and is now an Executive
member of the section.
Josh is also a member of the editorial committee of the
Australian Journal of Labour Law and a contributor to the
Australian Master Workplace Relations Guide, now in its 4th
edition. He has written for the Australian Financial
Review, The Age and The Drum about
For more details of his extensive litigation experience, click here.
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