Practice area(s): Employment law services
Location(s): Melbourne
Qualification(s): LLB, BA (Hons)

Enrico Burgio is a Senior Associate in the employment practice of Maurice Blackburn, based in Melbourne. He practices in all aspects of employment and workplace relations law and is listed by the prestigious Doyle's Guide as a rising star for lawyers representing employees in Australia, as well as part of the only first tier law firm for employee & trade union representation in Victoria in 2017.

Enrico represents employees, including senior executives, public sector employees and union members, in relation to a wide range of employment law matters. He advises on matters including:

  • negotiating favourable employment contracts
  • breach of contract, including in relation to notice and bonus payments
  • redundancy, severance pay and exit strategies
  • unfair dismissal, unlawful dismissal and adverse action claims
  • unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment claims
  • dealing with disciplinary matters, and
  • claims for public sector employees.   

Enrico assists his clients in understanding their rights, entitlements and legal options. He provides practical and strategic advice in this complex area of law. He has negotiated many favourable out of court settlements without the need for litigation.

Enrico regularly conducts litigation in courts and tribunals, including the Supreme Court, the Federal Court, the Federal Circuit Court, the Magistrates Court, the Fair Work Commission and VCAT. He regularly appears for clients in mediations, conciliations and other alternative dispute resolution forums.  

Some examples of his experience includes:

  • appearing for three employees in the Fair Work Commission and successfully obtaining orders requiring their employer to grant their requests for flexible working arrangements (ASU v Brimbank City Council [2013] FWC 5)
  • successfully obtaining a number of urgent interlocutory injunctions in the Federal Court to prevent the unlawful termination of his clients’ employment
  • acting for a public sector employee in the Magistrates Court of Victoria and successfully obtaining damages for breach of contract (Aiezza v Victorian WorkCover Authority, Case No. A11819434, 2 May 2011), and
  • representing a number of executive employees in negotiating favourable exit packages in circumstances of redundancy, sexual harassment and discrimination.

Enrico has previously worked in employment law for the Employment Law Centre of WA Inc and the Equal Opportunity Commission of Western Australia. He has been a contributing author to the CCH Australian Master Workplace Relations Guide and the CCH Australian Labour Law Reporter.

Enrico is currently on an extended leave of absence.

Memberships & associations

  • Law Institute of Victoria member
  • Australian Labour Law Association member
  • Australian Lawyers Alliance member
  • Community Legal Centre volunteer