Stephen Booth has been in practice for over 35 years. He has significantly developed the firm’s practice in this area; advising and representing employer and employee clients across a wide range of areas including unfair dismissals, discrimination, legislative and award compliance – as well as workforce restructuring and redundancies.
Further to his extensive background in commercial litigation, Stephen’s broad range of experience gives him a strong practical framework by which to assess both business and human resources problems. This experience allows him to give broad-based and commercially-minded strategic and risk management advice throughout the dispute resolution process. Stephen also has special expertise in the area of trade practices law; advising clients on anti-competitive conduct and misleading or deceptive conduct issues, as well as consumer concerns such as product liability and recalls.
Stephen is an entertaining presenter; regularly leading workshops, breakfast briefings and training sessions for other legal and HR professionals alike. He similarly provides regular training for clients’ staff - often centred on practical compliance with competition law, minimisation of trade practices risks and other compliance issues. Whilst the focus of these sessions is generally on employment law, Stephen is well-versed in an array of legal topics such as competition and consumer law, and issues concerning intellectual disability.
Stephen provides commentary on employment law issues for the Sydney Morning Herald, and has written commentary for CCH’s Australian Trade Practices Reporter and Australian Master Trade Practices Guide.
Stephen has particular expertise in legal issues surrounding intellectual disabilities, having published articles in a range of professional journals – as well as a book, When I’m Gone; a plain English guide to will-making for parents of children with an intellectual disability. At the request of the Federal Government, he wrote plain language guides to estate planning and special disability trusts for people with disabilities and their families (Planning for the Future - People with Disability and Special disability trusts: getting things sorted).
Away from work, Stephen’s passions are music, history, literary fiction, theatre, cooking and wine.