John Tuck

Partner. Melbourne.

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John Tuck

John is the Practice Group Leader of Employment, Workplace Relations and Safety at Corrs. He brings practical and strategic thinking to complex workplace issues and litigation.

Whether it‘s advising on national employment strategies, managing complicated workplace investigations for boards, developing industrial plans for multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects or assisting Royal Commissions, John possesses a unique perspective that can come only with extensive experience.

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John is the Practice Group Leader of Employment, Workplace Relations and Safety at Corrs. He brings practical and strategic thinking to complex workplace issues and litigation.

Whether it‘s advising on national employment strategies, managing complicated workplace investigations for boards, developing industrial plans for multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects or assisting Royal Commissions, John possesses a unique perspective that can come only with extensive experience.

This is just one of the reasons why John has been trusted by State and Federal Governments and major Australian employers including Foster’s, Transfield, Boeing, Downer EDI, Brookfield Multiplex, Amcor and Australia Post.

“Best Lawyer - Labour & Employment and Government” Best Lawyers Peer Review
John Tuck

John's Expertise

  • 2015 Royal Commission into Family Violence Currently lead partner assisting in developing and preparing the public hearings component of the Royal Commission and supporting counsel on the operation of the Inquiries Act 2014.
  • State of Victoria - Public Sector Bargaining - Fire Services Lead partner advising the MFB and CFA in regards to its current round of operational firefighter enterprise agreement negotiations under the Fair Work Act.
  • $4.5 billion Exxon Mobil expansion Bass Strait Victoria Advising lead EPCM contractor on the industrial relations strategy for the Kipper Tuna and Turrum Project.
  • Foster’s demerger Advised Foster’s on the employment issues that arose from the demerger of its beer (CUB) and wine assets (Treasury Wine Estates).
  • Indian investment into Australia coal assets Advised the Tata Group on its workplace health and safety obligations that arose from its investment in Queensland coal assets.
  • $150+ million Castlemaine production site expansion Acting for EPCM contractor Wiley & Co on the Don KRC expansion project. Devised and managed industrial relations strategy and legal support to the project.
  • Power generating asset investment Advised a Chinese energy producer on the industrial and employment issues that arose from a potential investment in a new power generating asset.
  • Global Pharmaceutical merger (Pfizer Inc and Wyeth) Advised Pfizer Inc on the Australian employment integration issues arising from the Wyeth merger.
  • Qantas dispute Advised the Victorian and New South Wales Governments who intervened in the Qantas dispute to argue in favour of the termination of the recent industrial action that had led to the grounding of the entire fleet around the world.
  • AFL $1.144 billion collective bargaining agreement Advised the Australian Football League on its negotiations with the AFL Players Association, addressing the industrial relations and the bargaining framework that culminated in the AFL and Players reaching a five year Collective Agreement that includes a $1.144 billion package of player payments and benefits.
  • Longford Gas Conditioning Plant - $1 billion Advising CB&I the EPCM contractor on labour relations and management of disputes in respect to what is currently Victoria’s largest privately funded construction project.

John's Leadership

  • Australian Human Resources Institute Member
  • Industrial Relations Society of Victoria Member
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth Practice Group Leader - Employment, Workplace Relations & Safety
    Diversity Council Member
  • Employment Law Alliance Australian Representative
  • University of Melbourne Law School’s Centre for Employment & Labour Relations Law Advisory Board Member

What others say

  • “He is a national authority and is very competent and easy to deal with” Who’s Who Legal, 2017
  • “Best Lawyer - Labour and Employment Law” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2014-2018
  • “Best Lawyer - Government Practice” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2013-2018
  • “John Tuck oversees a variety of industrial relations matters for major corporations as well as being sought out for his assistance on Royal Commissions” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2016
  • “John Tuck heads the team and is noted for his significant industrial relations practice, particularly where complex or contentious issues are concerned.” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2015
  • “Leading Lawyer - Employment” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2012-2015
  • “Good at building a relationship and understanding with clients and with business; he is a pragmatic lawyer” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2014
  • “Highlighted for his broad range of skills” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2013

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