Claire Brown Principal Solicitor

Claire is a Principal Solicitor in our Workplace Relations & Safety team.  Claire joined KHQ in 2014 with over fourteen years’ experience in operational workplace relations and HR across a wide range of industries, including transport and logistics, mining and resources, emergency services, health and education.

Claire provides advice across the full range of industrial and employment matters, including enterprise bargaining strategy, industrial disputes, management of organisational change and employment litigation (including unfair dismissals, adverse action, bullying and discrimination matters).  Further, Claire’s operational background means she can provide commercial and practical day to day assistance that is particularly valued by her workplace relations and HR practitioner clients.  In doing so, she focuses on providing practitioners with specific procedural guidance, rather than convoluted and impenetrable ‘legalistic’ advice.

Claire … attracts praise for her “invaluable experience and ability to quickly sort the wheat from the chaff” – Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019

Based in Melbourne, Claire regularly travels to Perth, Sydney and Brisbane to assist clients on the ground across a range of industries, including professional services, telecommunications, construction, resources, infrastructure and transport.  Claire also regularly  appears in the Fair Work Commission and State and Federal courts and delivers practical and engaging seminars on a range of workplace relations matters to clients nationally.


Claire has received the following recognition:

  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific – Recommended – Labour & Employment Law (2018-2020).
  • The Best Lawyers™ in Australia for Labour & Employment Law (since 2020).
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Workplace Relations – COVID-19 FAQs

Posted By and on 24/03/20 at 10:00 PM

COVID-19 will cause significant disruption to your workforce, if it hasn’t already, and we have over the last few weeks been regularly speaking with many of you about particular challenges that are arising as the situation progresses. Managing the increasing levels of public anxiety alone requires strong leadership and clear messaging to maintain stability in … Read more

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Posted By on 17/06/16 at 2:15 PM

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