Nicholas Ellery




Nicholas has been involved as a front line lawyer in many test cases and high profile industrial disputes. He works with clients on all aspects of labour relations strategy, litigation concerning employment, discrimination and industrial disputes, and health and safety issues.

He has been recognised by peers and clients as one of the leading strategists in his field.

Nicholas is a board member at the Employment Law Centre of WA and a national committee member at the Australian Labour Law Association.

Key deals

Australian Building and Construction Commission

Acted for the ABCC (and its predecessors) for more than 10 years in various litigation arising from unlawful industrial action, pickets, union right of entry disputes and freedom of association allegations.


Advising on long running and complex enterprise bargaining issues, including obtaining orders to stop industrial action on the basis that it was threatening to cause significant harm to the economy.

St John of God HealthCare

Supporting this client in enterprise bargaining and industrial relations strategies in relation to its many hospital and health care businesses, and sales and acquisition of businesses with large workforces in a highly regulated and unionised environment.

Water Corporation

Advising on a safety investigation arising from a fatality at a water treatment plant, and reviewing the safety management systems and processes, including in relation to the management of contractors.