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Leigh Howard
Castan Chambers

Level 18
460 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Tel: (03) 9225 7103

Leigh Howard is a barrister at Castan Chambers in Melbourne, Victoria. 

Leigh practices in industrial relations, regulatory and public law litigation.

Leigh’s industrial practice covers industrial action, bargaining and enterprise agreement disputes, and contract and equity litigation. His public law and regulatory practice extends to consumer, financial services, occupational health and safety, discrimination, and human rights. Leigh is regularly recognised by peers and clients in Doyle’s Guide and the Legal 500.

Recent industrial matters

Recent public and regulatory matters

  • Lendlease v ABCC [2021] FCA (Building Code, implied freedom of political communication, statutory construction, led by J Bourke QC and M Follett)
  • Ashby v Commonwealth [2021] FCA 40 (PGPA Act, act of grace payment, jurisdictional error, delegation, led by J Davidson)
  • Geappen and ASIC [2020] AAT (FoFA financial adviser duties, led by B McTaggart SC)
  • ABCC v Hassett [2020] FCA 498 (right of entry, French factors, personal payment order)
  • Tuberi v MICMSMA [2020] FCA 1029 (jurisdictional error, character cancellation)
  • FWO v Pioneer Contracting Services Pty Ltd [2019] FCAFC (accessorial liability, s 550 FW Act, led by R Doyle SC)
  • FWO v Xia Jing Qi Pty Ltd & Anor [2019] FCCA 83 (civil penalties, French factors)
  • Kaur v MIBP & Anor (2017) 256 FCR 235 (natural justice, illogicality and unreasonableness)
  • MZHAK v MIBP & Anor (2017) 72 AAR 257 (natural justice, led by A Dinelli)
  • MA v La Trobe University [2018] VCC (student enrolment, academic judgment)
  • Visy v Rustemovski & Anor [2018] FWCFB 1255 (concurrent civil penalty proceedings, McMahon v Gould)
  • Australian Red Cross Society v QNU [2019] FCA 41 (appeals, stays)

Recent occupational health and safety matters

  • Gippsland Bulk Spreaders [2021] MCV (s 21 general duty, agriculture, contest, led by G Gilbert SC)
  • Lion Batteries Holdings Pty Ltd [2020] MCV (WIRC Act victimisation, ss 575 and 73, plea)
  • Goodstart Early Learning Ltd v VWA [2019] SCV (judicial review of a refusal to enter into an enforceable undertaking)
  • Civicast Pty Ltd [2019] MCV (s 21 general duty, precast concrete fabrication, plea)
  • Action Events Group Pty Ltd [2019] MCV (s 23 duty to other persons, amusement and recreation, plea)
  • Spence Building and Joinery Pty Ltd [2019] MCV (s 21 general duty, high risk construction work, plea)
  • Stable Australia Pty Ltd [2017] MCV (s 21 general duty, steel fabrication and engineering, plea)

Recent employment matters

  • Heldberg v Rand Transport (1986) Pty Ltd (2018) 280 IR 93 (misleading and deceptive conduct, reasonable notice, incorporation of policy, bonus scheme)
  • Wats v Infosys Technologies Limited Australia (2017) 319 FLR 96 (adverse action, workplace right, bilateral double-superannuation treaty, led by P O’Grady QC)
  • Lewis v Australian National University [2019] FCCA 1949 (s 345 misrepresentation, summary dismissal, led by J Bourke QC)
  • Labour Hire Services Pty Ltd v Singh [2017] VCC (fiduciary duties, non-solicitation, fidelity, confidentiality)
  • Unterlechner v Interface IT Operations Pty Ltd [2019] VSC 109 (overseas employment, forum non conveniens)
  • Gelagotis v Esso Australia Pty Ltd [2019] FWCFB 2895; [2018] FWCFB 6092; [2018] FWC 2398; [2019] FWC 931 (unfair dismissal, serious misconduct, inferences, Streeter dishonesty, led by F Parry QC)
  • Gautam v Costco Wholesale Australia [2020] FWC 6433 (unfair dismissal, capacity, inherent requirements)
  • Maxitanis v Department of Justice and Community Safety [2020] FWCFB 4529; [2020] FWC 902; [2020] FWC 2019 (unfair dismissal, use of force, confidentiality orders)
  • Bluzer v Monash University [2017] FWCFB 4032; [2017] FWC 2536 (unfair dismissal, serious misconduct)

Recent discrimination and human rights matters

  • Winters v Fogarty [2018] FCA 1669; [2020] FCA 220; [2020] FCA 315 (discrimination, abuse of process, estoppel, unconscionability, deeds, accord and satisfaction, led by P O’Grady QC)
  • Edwards v La Trobe University [2018] VCAT 1964 (age discrimination, summary dismissal)
  • Perera & Anor v Myer Warehouse Solutions Pty Ltd & Ors [2017] VCAT 1267 (race and age discrimination, detriment, causation)