Fair Work Lawyers is an Adelaide-based specialist firm that represent Australian business and employer associations in employment, workplace and industrial relations, as well as providing specialist advice and representation in construction related matters.


The firm prides itself in adopting a practical, plain-English approach to legal issues aimed at reducing complexity and focussing on relationships. This focus on the direct relationships is backed by strong, fast and cost-effective responses to a variety legal issues.


At Fair Work Lawyers we service Australian business in many legal areas such as, Workplace Advisory, Unfair Dismissal, Workers Compensation, Training, Construction Contracts, Lobbying & more. Click the link below to learn more about our legal services.

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“We have worked with Fair Work Lawyers for the past 5 years. As we have grown and evolved, what I have valued most about our relationship is that Fair Work Lawyers know us and our business.”

Our Staff 

Tom Earls

Having honed his craft across private practice, government and industry associations, Tom Earls founded Fair Work Lawyers in 2014 as a firm to represent businesses – especially SMEs – and their interests. Tom has been involved in industrial relations for over two decades – starting well prior to the tumultuous WorkChoices-era – and has been at the forefront of the various iterations of workplace law since …

Dave Putland

David Putland is a founding partner of Fair Work Lawyers, and has nearly two decades of experience in the legal industry as a well-regarded advocate and litigator. Mr Putland provides exceptional advice to businesses, assisting to navigate a range of business critical functions. This includes employment matters, workers compensation, contractual issues and regulatory compliance …

Tom Spedding

Thomas (or Tom) is the newest team member at Fair Work Lawyer, joining the firm as a solicitor in February 2022. A graduate of the University of Adelaide (Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Relations)), …

Sara Pekmez

Sara Pekmez joined the Fair Work Lawyers team in 2019. Sara is an integral part of Fair Work Lawyers’ team, providing advice and representation across a wide range of matters in both the employment and building and construction sphere …

Emma Avey

Emma joined Fair Work Lawyers in early stages of the Covid chaos of 2020, and quickly proved herself to be a reliable, dependable and hard-working solicitor with a passion for industrial relations and employment matters …


We work as a single united team here to help your business, we look forward to hearing from you.