Mr. Watts has a focus on employment and industrial law. He advises and acts for both private and public sector clients in relation to a range of industrial issues, including employer obligations arising under federal and state legislation and other industrial instruments, preparing contracts of employment and providing advice in relation to issues such as awards, enterprise bargaining, post-employment restraints and terminations of employment, including unfair dismissal claims and redundancies.
Mr. Watts also focuses on anti-discrimination law, providing advice to clients on their obligations under federal and state legislation and assisting with the resolution of complaints. Where complaints cannot be resolved, Mr. Watts acts for clients in any resulting litigation.
Mr. Watts has extensive experience in privacy law. He provides advice to a range of public and private sector clients on their privacy obligations under federal and state legislation.
Mr. Watts regularly conducts litigation for public and private sector clients across a range of jurisdictions. He has appeared for clients in the Supreme Court of New South Wales (NSW), NSW Court of Appeal, Federal Court, Full Court of the Federal Court, Federal Circuit Court, NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Fair Work Commission and NSW Industrial Relations Commission.
Mr. Watts assists clients by resolving a range of employment and industrial disputes in an efficient and cost effective manner, including negotiating resolutions through informal mechanisms such as mediation and conciliation conferences.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Watts was a senior associate at an Australian commercial law firm.
Mr. Watts' background also extends to performing secondments in the Employment Law Unit at the Office of the General Counsel of the NSW Police Force. During one of these secondments, Mr. Watts was acting Manager of the Employment Law Unit for a period of six months.