Alistair Talbert
Alistair Talbert
Alistair Talbert Special Counsel

Alistair Talbert

Special Counsel

About Alistair

Alistair is an experienced employment and safety lawyer and leads our Perth workplace team. He practises in employment, work health and safety (WHS), industrial relations and disputes in the mining, logistics, retail, manufacturing and government sectors. Two years spent in-house with Australia Post provides Alistair with insight into the practical and commercial pressures that clients face.
What he does
Alistair's private practice and in-house experience makes him a valuable asset to clients. He settles claims quickly and calmly and advises on future strategies to protect the business. Alistair assists clients to solve their employment and WHS issues, including bullying and harassment, unfair dismissal claims and investigations by regulators. He supports employers from trial preparation through to appearance in a range of jurisdictions, such as the Fair Work Commission and magistrates and district courts.
Who he works with
Alistair works with CEOs, executives and legal counsel in West Australian, national and international companies.
Work done recently
What his clients say
"Workplace relations is a minefield for the small to medium sized, under resourced company sector. Ever changing legislation and increasing employer responsibilities make this a grey area not to be neglected. Concise and accurate legal/settling cost estimates/comparisons are just one part of good, sound and rational advice. Couple this with the faultless legal opinion and clear pathway we received from the outset and Alistair Talbert's courteous, considerate and understated work (defending and unfair dismissal claim) would have to rank amongst the best legal service I received in 25 years in business." Jan Schlichthaerle, Managing Director, Mintech

"Alistair has been a key partner for Toxfree providing well-balanced sensitive counsel were required to serve the best of our interests." Anthony Fehring, Health Safety Environment Quality & Risk Manager, Toxfree

Listed: Recommended Leading Workplace Health & Safety Lawyer - WA - Doyle's Guide 2018 & 2017
Alistair holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Kingston University in the United Kingdom.
Life before Sparkes
Before joining Sparke Helmore in 2008, Alistair held senior in-house roles at Australia Post advising on employment, industrial relations, WHS and discrimination matters. He also worked at the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and advised on issues ranging from workplace relations and WHS to major industrial disputes and Commission hearings. Alistair also negotiated with some major companies representing the mining and resources sector on behalf of the Union.
Life outside of Sparkes
Alistair has a young family. He pursues cycling and kayaking and has turned his shed into a microbrewery—one day he hopes to create a drinkable beer!