Ashley SherrSenior Associate
Ashley is a lawyer specialising in the areas of employment, industrial relations and safety. Ashley’s employment and industrial relations work sees him involved in a broad range of matters including advising clients on the management of employees (e.g. disciplinary, performance and capacity for work issues), defending employers in unfair dismissal and general protections claims, advising on underpayment claims and the application and interpretation of enterprise agreements and modern awards. Ashley’s safety work involves advising clients on compliance with work health and safety (WHS) legislation, assisting clients with incident management (including regulatory investigations) and acting for defendants in WHS prosecutions.
Ashley was recognised as an Employment & WHS Law Rising Star in Victoria by Doyles Guide (2022).
What he does
Ashley is an experienced litigator and regularly acts on behalf of clients across state and federal courts and tribunals in a range of employment, industrial relations and WHS matters. He is also an experienced advocate who has appeared on behalf of clients in a number of Courts and Tribunals.
Ashley is also a skilled legal adviser, working closely with clients to assist them in managing various legal issues that come up in the workplace as well as managing regulatory investigations in the areas of employment and safety. Ashley is also experienced in managing interactions with registered organisations and other non-registered employee associations or unions.
Ashley has also been involved in conducting a number of workplace investigations on behalf of clients dealing with a range of employment and WHS issues.
Who he works with
Ashley works with a range of clients across the Commonwealth government and private sector including ASX listed companies and SMEs.
Ashley has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Science
Life before Sparkes
Prior to joining Sparke Helmore, Ashley started his career as a lawyer at a Commonwealth regulator. He was also previously an Associate to a senior Commissioner at the Fair Work Commission. Ashley also previously volunteered at JobWatch community legal centre.
Life outside of Sparkes
When Ashley is not working he is either planning to or currently travelling. Ashley has been fortunate enough to travel to a number of countries around the world and hopes to make up for lost time as international travel returns to normal.