Heinz Lepahe

Heinz Lepahe is a Partner leading HWL Ebsworth’s Workplace Relations and Safety Group in Brisbane. He specialises in providing employment law and workplace relations advice.

Heinz assists clients in a range of industries including finance, public sector, transport, manufacturing, construction, hospitality, health & aged care, and professional services. Heinz’s practice incorporates both corporate advisory and litigation services.

Heinz is a skilled litigator and formidable advocate, and continues to regularly appear in court on behalf of clients. Heinz also lectures final year law students at Griffith University on Workplace Law and is a sought-after speaker at industry and professional forums. He also regularly presents training programs for use by employers.


Heinz’s experience includes advising:

  • Aboriginal Corporation by defending a general protections claim brought by the client’s former CEO in the Federal Court of Australia, as well as a claim in the same matter made under the Whistleblower provisions of the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait) Islander Act 2006 (CATSI Act);
  • Public Sector clients on the protection of its employees from customer aggression, and successfully obtained a Peace and Good Behaviour Order from a Queensland local Court to enforce that protection;
  • Large media clients on workplace bullying allegations made against senior executives, assisted with subsequent workplace investigation, and later successfully defended claims brought by the executives against the media organisation for alleged wrongful termination of employment;
  • Large international company on negotiating and making an enterprise bargaining agreement with the CEPU. Also ensured that upon the agreement being made that the agreement was properly certified by the Fair Work Commission;
  • Large employer association on the 2012 Modern award review, in proceedings opposed by multiple unions for significant employer reforms to hours, penalty rates, overtime provisions in awards, and superannuation; and
  • Large Bank on undertaking a workplace investigation into an underperforming senior employee who alleged workplace injury arising from performance management and successfully defended one of the first contested bullying order applications in the Fair Work Commission.

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