Josh Bornstein


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 rights.

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 2014.

He has also negotiated numerous substantial out of court settlements.

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 employment issues.

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