James Allen Senior Associate

James joined KHQ in 2017 and works in the Workplace Relations & Safety team.  He has degrees in both law and business and previously worked at a leading medium-sized Melbourne firm.

James’ expertise in the employment space includes:

  • award and agreement interpretation and their associated disputes
  • all aspects of employment contracts including restraints and post-employment conduct
  • termination and restructuring advice
  • unfair dismissal and adverse action litigation, and
  • occupational health and safety compliance.

James also has experience in workplace litigation, an area in which he is keen to develop.

Having been seconded to various clients, and having previously worked in the corporate space, James is uniquely placed to understand the practical operations and commercial drivers of his clients’ businesses.

In his spare time James is an active community youth group member and keen traveller.

Latest News & Insights

Contractor found to be employee – Deliveroo loses unfair dismissal claim


Posted By and on 20/05/21 at 4:18 PM

Significant development in the evolving gig economy case law Yesterday’s decision by Commissioner Cambridge in Diego Franco v Deliveroo Australia Pty Ltd [2021] FWC 2818 has given the gig economy another good regulatory shake, after it was determined that a Deliveroo driver was an employee rather than an independent contractor.  The decision puts both sides … Read more

Superannuation update & common traps for contractors

Last week’s Federal budget confirmed that the long awaited increase to the superannuation guarantee will take place on 1 July 2021. From that date, compulsory employer superannuation contributions will increase to 10%. The last increase to the superannuation guarantee was on 1 July 2014 when the guarantee was increased from 9.25% to 9.5%. Our tax … Read more

Making reasonable Jobkeeper directions – employer lessons from TWU v Prosegur


Posted By and on 16/07/20 at 2:18 PM

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission upheld an appeal by the Transport Workers’ Union on Monday quashing an earlier decision of the Fair Work Commission that the employer Prosegur Australia Pty Limited’s Jobkeeper directions were reasonable. This decision provides the first Full Bench authority on the reasonableness test required by s. 789GK of … Read more

New workplace manslaughter criminal offences – are you ready?


Posted By and on 22/06/20 at 11:15 AM

Victorian businesses face new workplace manslaughter laws under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic) commencing on 1 July 2020. We have been advising businesses and holding training sessions on these news laws to assist companies and their officers to understand and rectify any gaps where there may be potential exposure. Given the hefty … Read more

Insolvency reforms set to benefit directors & companies


Posted By on 16/01/18 at 10:00 AM

By James Allen (Lawyer) and Venn King (Special Counsel) On 18 September 2017 the Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No. 2) Act 2017 (Cth) (Act) received assent, introducing significant reforms to Australia’s insolvency and restructuring laws. The reforms introduce two concepts to protect both directors and companies during periods of significant financial distress: “safe … Read more