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Duncan Fletcher

Fax +61.8.9216.0901

Mr. Fletcher has been working with clients in the practice area of labour, employment and workplace safety for more than 15 years. He has expertise in industrial relations and labour regulation, individual employment relationships and contracts, preparation and enforcement of workplace policies and procedures, equal opportunity, discrimination, harassment, workplace safety and training. Based in Perth, Duncan has worked on matters throughout Australia.

He has been involved in large scale industrial relations and employment litigation and in the development and implementation of workplace change strategies. He also advises clients regarding workplace safety compliance matters and in the aftermath of safety and environmental incidents including during regulator investigations and prosecutions. In 2015 Duncan represented the lead contractor in responding to threatened strike action by employees on the Gorgon project and assisted with the successful approval and renewal of new enterprise agreements which helped secure industrial relations stability for the remaining construction schedule.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Fletcher has worked with a number of leading Australian national law firms.


  • Ranked as a Band 4 lawyer for Employment in Chambers Asia-Pacific (2019)
  • Listed in Doyle's Guide for Leading Workplace Health & Safety Lawyers, Preeminent in Western Australia 2018, 2015, 2014
  • Listed in Doyle's Guide for Leading Workplace Health & Safety Lawyers, Leading in Australia 2018
  • Listed in Doyle's Guide for Leading Employment Lawyers (Employer Representation), Preeminent 2018
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2019) for Labour and Employment Law and Occupational Health & Safety Law

Professional/Civic Activities

Mr. Fletcher is a member of the Industrial Relations Society of Western Australia. He also provides pro bono support to the Miner's Promise Legacy Scheme for workers in the resources industry. Mr. Fletcher is a regular pro bono contributor to the Evening Legal Service at the Employment Law Centre of Western Australia which is a community based not for profit legal service.

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Fletcher is a regular presenter at industry and client conferences in the area of labour, employment and workplace safety. He is the lead lecturer in employment law for the Articles Training Program for graduate lawyers in Western Australia.

Additional Information

Mr. Fletcher is a Member of the Editorial Board of the Thompson Reuters publication, Workplace Review.
  • Advising two of the worlds largest iron ore mining companies regarding transitional employment issues for the establishment of a production joint venture in Western Australia.
  • Management of freedom of association (adverse action) litigation in the Federal Court of Australia for employer associations, an airline and one of Australia's largest banks.
  • Developing individual and collective agreements for fly-in fly-out workers employed by resources companies and providing strategic advice regarding implementation of these arrangements.
  • Advising and representing a major Australian transport and logistics organisation in relation to its involvement in Australia's largest oil and gas project.
  • Providing on-site support, conducting investigations and preparing defences to prosecutions in the aftermath of more than 10 fatal incidents involving workers in Western Australia.
  • Leading a project to develop occupational health and safety compliance manuals which enable organisations to achieve International Standards Organisation accreditation.
  • Providing compliance training in health, safety and environmental legal issues for senior executives in a national gas supply company, several banks and a diversified agribusiness.
  • Advising a company preparing for an inquiry into a hydrocarbon spill and another company in the aftermath of a gas explosion in Western Australia.
  • Representation of two of Australia's largest banks in New South Wales, Australia regarding union prosecutions under occupational health and safety legislation arising from bank robberies.
  • Advising an ASX100 transport and logistics company in establishing its employment arrangements for Australia's largest hydrocarbons project.
  • Advising Australia's largest privately owned building, construction and building materials company in managing employment claims, industrial relations and safety issues.
  • Successfully assisting a number of mining and construction companies to establish collective enterprise agreements with employees in a hostile trade union environment.