Simon Meehan SC

Call 2003 / Silk 2023

Background

Simon is a Director of State Chambers and its most recently appointed Senior Counsel. He has been widely recognised in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific Australian Bar Guide, the Doyle’s Guide and in Who’s Who Legal Australia over many years for his specialist expertise in all aspects of workplace relations, employment law and work health and safety law.

Simon is often briefed in complex and lengthy matters, including where urgent interlocutory relief is sought. He provides effective representation in superior jurisdictions at both trial and appellate level including in the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of New South Wales, and regularly appears in matters relating to breach of contract, restraints of trade, employee ‘whistleblower’ protection claims, general protections and adverse action claims, protection of confidential information and discrimination. Simon’s expertise extends to employment law class actions.

Simon is regarded as a leading practitioner in the Fair Work Commission where he maintains a substantial appellate practice and has recognised expertise in the broad range of matters regulated by the Fair Work Act within the Commission’s jurisdiction. He is well placed to advise on the significant recent and foreshadowed amendments to the Fair Work legislation.

Simon has worked across a wide array of industries for major, blue-chip Australian corporations operating in industries including the black coal, steel, metalliferous mining, rail transport, airline, banking and finance, tertiary education, postal and logistics, shipping and stevedoring, energy and power, building, civil construction and contracting industries. He also advises both State and Federal Governments.

Complementing his core areas of practice, Simon also represents clients in commercial law and equity matters as diverse as partnership disputes, ‘just and equitable’ winding up of companies, contract disputes, as well as regulatory law matters. He is briefed in relation to inquests and inquiries and appeared in the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Insurance Industry. He is valued by his clients for his highly developed forensic and analytical skills, strong command of the key legal issues, ability to deliver cogent and concise legal arguments, as well as the guidance he provides during the conduct of litigation.

Simon is a member of the New South Wales Bar Association’s Industrial, Employment and Health and Safety Committee. Prior to joining the Bar in 2003, Simon practised for 8 years as a solicitor in a leading national law firm. He holds a Master of Laws, a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Economics.

Accolades

Select Recent Matters

Regulatory

Commercial

  • Hopper v D J Sincock Pty Ltd [2021] NSWCA 305
    Appeared for the successful appellant in an appeal against a decision of the District Court in relation to whether the appellant had an implied contractual right of indemnity as a guarantor under a refinance agreement.

Discrimination

General Protections / Whistleblower

Work Health and Safety

  • SafeWork NSW v Grasso [2022] HCASL (led by IM Neil SC)
    Appeared for Grasso in the successful defence of an application or special leave to appeal against the decision of NSW Court of Criminal Appeal to overturn his conviction.

Restraint of Trade

Employment / Industrial / Workplace Relations

Class Actions

Mediations

  • Represented clients in many mediations before Court appointed and private mediators.
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