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Madeleine Castles

Madeleine Castles

Madeleine Castles is an employment and industrial lawyer based in our Melbourne office. 

Practice Area

Employment issues


BA, LLB (Hons)

"I would describe myself as a hardworking, compassionate lawyer who seeks to achieve meaningful and empowering outcomes for clients," says Madeleine.

"I have spent the past few years working in the area of research and policy reform on sexual harassment and discrimination law. This included an extensive project for the Respect@Work Council and Attorney-General's Department on damages and costs in discrimination litigation".

Prior to joining Maurice Blackburn, Madeleine was the Associate to Justice Ross, President of the Fair Work Commission.

"I am driven by a desire to address systemic inequality within our society, and particularly within our industrial relations system. For many people, there is a significant power imbalance between an employer and its employees. This is often exacerbated when an employee experiences unlawful conduct in the workplace, such as discrimination or sexual harassment. Everyone has the right to feel safe and respected at work. Through compassionate and strong legal representation I aim to empower clients to enforce their rights when they are not respected."

While she has particular expertise and interest in discrimination and sexual harassment, Madeleine can assist clients across a broad range of employment law areas, particularly in Fair Work Commission proceedings (unfair dismissal, general protections).


  • Law Institute of Victoria member

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