Meet the Experts


Charles Power
Charles Power
Charles Power
Partner, Holding Redlich
Accredited Workplace Relations Specialist
LLB, BEc (Hons) (Monash)

Charles Power is the Editor-in-Chief of the Employment Law Practical Handbook. He is also a partner in the Employment and Industrial Relations department of Holding Redlich, and has practised in employment and industrial relations since 1992.

Charles has a strong practice representing employers in all aspects of employment and industrial law and is accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as a workplace relations specialist. He is a member of the advisory board to the Centre for Employment & Labour Relations Law, the University of Melbourne and the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Charles is a former associate to a Senior Deputy President of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission and a former adviser to a Federal Government Minister. Charles has Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics (Honours) degrees, both from Monash University. He was the joint winner of the Industrial Arbitration Prize in 1992.

Ph: (03) 9321 9999


Andrew Douglas
Andrew Douglas

Principal, Employment + Industrial Relations, Macpherson + Kelley Lawyers

LLB (Hons), Graduate Diploma of Corporations and Security Law (Hons) FSIA

Andrew Douglas is a Principal in the Employment + Industrial Relations team at Macpherson + Kelley Lawyers.

Andrew is the Editor-in-Chief of the Health & Safety Handbook, a national health & safety loose-leaf service for health & safety practitioners and small to medium size enterprises, and writes on workplace law issues such as industrial relations, employment law, health & safety, equal opportunity, privacy, surveillance and workers’ compensation for both print and electronic media.

Andrew is also a National Director of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and Chairman of Awards Victoria, as well as an honorary fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia. Andrew guest lectures at the University of Victoria and VIOSH and speaks at various seminars and conferences on Industrial Relations, Employment and Health & Safety. Andrew’s principal areas of practice are in Industrial Relations, Employment, Equal Opportunity and health & safety Law – appearing in Courts, Tribunals and Commissions throughout Australia.

Angela Godfrey
Angela Godfrey

Director, Angela Godfrey and Associates

BA (Pol) (Hons), MA (HRMgmt)

Angela Godfrey, director of Angela Godfrey and Associates, has over 18 years of successful and diversified Human Resource (HR) generalist experience gained in medium to large blue chip organisations. Industries worked in include financial services, telecommunications, television and health.

More recently she worked as a HR Manager for Aviva Australia, and was responsible for the development of many of the policies and procedures that supported Aviva’s compliance with employment law. Prior to working for Aviva, she held strategic and operational HR management roles with Motorola, FOXTEL and the State Superannuation Board where she implemented business-focused HR solutions.

Kelly Godfrey
Kelly Godfrey

Principal Solicitor and Notary Public, Employment Lawyers Australia


Kelly has over 15 years of legal experience. She provides advice, assistance and representation to employees, employers and independent contractors in all areas of employment, industrial and workplace law. Kelly takes the time to understand her clients’ needs and what they wish to achieve, no matter how big or small the matter or who the client is. Kelly is readily accessible and strives to provide a cost-effective and efficient service to her clients.

Kelly presents seminars on topical areas of employment law and is the Industrial Law and Relations Section Editor of the Australian Business Law Review.

Michael McIver
Michael McIver

Solicitor, Holding Redlich

BA, Grad Dip Arts (Asian Studies) (Melb), LLB (Graduate) (Hons) (ANU)

Michael is a solicitor who works with Charles Power, the Editor-in-Chief of the Employment Law Practical Handbook. Michael commenced his career with a large national firm and was admitted to practise in 2008. He advises clients in litigious and non-litigious matters in the areas of employment, industrial relations and occupational health and safety.

Ph: (03) 9321 9999



Michael Selinger Michael Selinger

Partner, Holding Redlich

Employment & Industrial Relations and Occupational Health & Safety

Commercial Dispute Resolution

LLB, BA (Hons) (ANU)

Michael is a partner in the Sydney office of Holding Redlich and practises in all areas of workplace relations with a special focus on occupational health and safety.

Michael’s expertise includes:

  • industrial disputes, litigation and coronial enquiries
  • occupational health and safety
  • protection of confidential information and restraints of trade
  • all forms of employment contracts, including executive contracts
  • the Fair Work Act 2009 and the interpretation of industrial instruments
  • transmissions of business
  • company restructuring including advice in relation to outsourcing, organisational change and redundancy
  • internal workplace investigations and dealing with investigations by regulatory agencies

Michael acts for a diverse range of clients including construction and manufacturing companies, media, education and not-for-profit organisations and government bodies.

Before joining Holding Redlich, Michael’s practice included acting on behalf of WorkCover NSW in prosecuting breaches of the Occupational Health & Safety Act (NSW).

Michael has extensive litigation experience in employment disputes and defending occupational health and safety prosecutions, and regularly appears in State and Federal Courts and Tribunals. Michael is a regular presenter of seminars and training on workplace issues, in particular on occupational health and safety issues.

Tel: +61 (02) 8083 0430


Henry Skene
Henry Skene

Partner, Arnold Bloch Leibler

BA LLB (Hons)

Henry Skene is the head of Arnold Bloch Leibler’s workplace advisory practice and has over 10 years’ experience in workplace relations. Henry specialises in workplace relations strategy, with particular emphasis on delivering value through workplace reform. His practice contemplates all aspects of workplace and employment law, including workplace change, enterprise bargaining, dispute resolution and workplace litigation. He has acted in many of the largest and most complex matters in this field.

Henry has acted for major employers in workplace litigation in Federal and State jurisdictions, and regularly appears before the Australian Industrial Relations Commission. He is regularly identified as a leading lawyer in labour and employment law by international legal guides, including the 2008 Asialaw Leading Lawyers survey and the inaugural Australian edition of Best Lawyers International 2008.

Stephen Trew
Stephen Trew

Partner, Holding Redlich

LLB (University of Auckland), Master of Laws (University of Auckland)

Stephen is a member of Holding Redlich’s Commercial Dispute Resolution and Employment & Industrial Relations practice groups. He advises clients on a wide variety of employment issues, including confidentiality and restraint of trade issues, occupational health and safety and issues arising from the purchase, sale or transmission of businesses.

Stephen also acts for employers in both unfair dismissal claims and unfair contract claims held at the Australian Industrial Relations Commission and the Industrial Relations Commission of New South Wales. He also acts for employers in respect of complaints of unlawful discrimination, including in respect of issues concerning flexible work arrangements and disability discrimination. He also assists employers with WorkCover investigations and prosecutions.

Joel Zyngier
Joel Zyngier

Senior Associate, Holding Redlich

LLB (Hons), BA (PolSc) (Melb)

Joel Zyngier is a member of the Employment and Industrial Relations department at Holding Redlich and has experience acting on behalf of corporations and individuals in a variety of matters. His areas of practice include:

  • employment and industrial relations
  • occupational health and safety
  • discrimination
  • coronial inquests
  • regulatory compliance
  • general contractual disputes

Prior to joining Holding Redlich, Joel was an Associate at the Australian Industrial Relations Commission where he gained broad exposure to various matters in employment and industrial relations law. Joel has also worked in litigation at a large national commercial law firm, where he gained broad exposure to general commercial dispute resolution.

Joel has gained broad litigation experience at Holding Redlich in small and large scale matters in Fair Work Australia, the Federal Court of Australia, the Federal Magistrates’ Court of Australia and the Magistrates’, County and Supreme Courts of Victoria, the Coroner’s Court and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.


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Ph: (03) 9321 9824