Nick Duggal

Partner LLB, BA

office Melbourne
phone +61 3 8399 6193

Nick leads the national workplace practice at Moray & Agnew. He has practised in the field of employment and industrial law throughout his legal career and has an excellent understanding of the time and cost pressures that employers and insurers face. This deep insight epitomises Nick’s focus on working closely with clients to provide workplace solutions that are responsive, pragmatic and commercial.

Nick acts for a diverse range of longstanding clients, which range from start-up and small family-owned enterprises through to major insurers, multinational and publicly listed companies, statutory authorities, schools, hospitals, IT firms, financial institutions, industry associations, medical defence organisations and professional service firms. His broad experience extends to practising in London for a major European firm.

Nick has experience across the full breadth of employment law issues, including advice and representation on employment contracts, executive and director issues, workplace policies and training, work, health and safety, Award and Enterprise Agreements, labour-hire arrangements, disciplinary processes and investigations, workplace restructures, transmission of business, industrial disputes, dismissals, and the enforcement of post-employment obligations. He also represents schools on disciplinary, discrimination and liability issues affecting students.

He frequently represents parties in all forms of employment-related litigation across federal and state industrial tribunals and courts. He has exhaustive experience in claims, including unfair dismissal, general protection and discrimination, underpayment, breach of contract, breaches of industrial instruments, misleading and deceptive conduct, injunction applications and litigation concerning the independent contractor/employee distinction. While Nick focuses on driving commercial outcomes, he has amassed an impressive track record of successful outcomes in a broad range of tribunal and higher Court litigation, both at injunction and final hearing stages.

In addition, Nick regularly speaks on employment issues, including at workplace training, industry forums and in the mainstream media.

Nick has also developed a multi-disciplinary school law practice, and supplies the full suite of legal services to some of Victoria’s most prestigious independent schools. He is able to provide or oversee all legal services that schools require, and has a particular expertise in managing recent child safety regulation (where he has also advised a major Australian Government department).

In his capacity as general counsel for a well-known football club, Nick has gained considerable experience in sports law matters, including appearing at disciplinary tribunals and liaising with FIFA and Football Federation Australia.

As the national workplace leader, Nick works closely with his interstate counterparts to ensure national clients can be provided with a seamless and closely integrated workplace legal service.

Published Articles


Workplace Directions

Changes to Victoria’s long service leave (LSL) law are forthcoming. The Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Vic) recently passed through the…

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Workplace Directions

Mr James Kaufman v Jones Lang LaSalle (Vic) Pty Ltd T/A JLL [2017] FWC 2623 Background Mr Kaufman (the Applicant) was…

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$300,000 damages in sexual harassment case is timely reminder to employers of vicarious liability

Workplace Directions

STU v JKL (Qld) Pty Ltd and Ors [2017] QCAT 505 In a recent decision, Queensland’s Civil and Administrative Tribunal found…

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Professional Membership

  • Adviser - National Centre Against Bullying
  • Board Member - South Melbourne FC
  • Law Institute of Victoria