Sean Selleck

Sean Selleck is partner in Baker McKenzie's office in Melbourne. Sean has more than 30 years' experience advising small and large corporations, multinational businesses and senior executives in relation to employment and industrial law. Sean practices in all areas of employment law and litigation, including the preparation of contracts and policies, advice about entitlements, restructuring advice and representation in disputes (dismissals, discrimination, post-employment restraints and confidentiality). Sean has special interests in non-standard labour practices (such as labour hire and the use of casual employees and independent contractors) and supply chain transparency, with a particular focus on labour law compliance and modern slavery in local and global supply chains. Sean also practices in industrial law with a particular emphasis on the development of industrial relations strategies, the making of enterprise agreements (including scope and good faith bargaining disputes and protected action ballot order applications) and representation in disputes. He appears in all relevant jurisdictions –— the Fair Work Commission, all Victorian and Federal courts, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Australian Human Rights Commission.

In brief In the recent decision of Bywater v Appco Group Australia Pty Ltd [2020] FCA 1877, his Honour Justice Lee of the Federal Court approved a proposed settlement of a class action commenced against Appco Group Australia Pty Ltd. The decision highlights some of the persuasive factors a Court will consider in determining whether to approve a settlement where the proposed settlement sum is significantly less than the asserted value of a group’s claims. Key takeaways His…