Nick Ruskin

Name: Nick Ruskin

Qualifications: LL.B. (Hons.), M.A., B.A. (Hons.)

Title: Partner

Organisation: K&L Gates

State: Victoria

Immediation Practice Area: Meditation, Expert Determination


I am a Partner in the Employment Law and  Industrial Relations Team at K&L Gates.


I am a leading Australian labour and  employment law practitioner and approach workplace issues in an efficient,  clear and practical way.

My experience lies in healthcare especially  Victorian public hospitals, education, the public sector, community, aged  care, service and retail industries with particular expertise in employment  claims including workplace complaints, termination and discrimination law  claims, industrial relations disputes and advocacy before Tribunals.


I have acted for the International Labour  Organisation in Geneva to co-draft the ILO Code of Practice on HIV/ AIDS and  the World of Work.  I have also acted  for the Federal Government in a number of cases including Amcor Limited v Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union.


I was Convenor of the Employee Relations  Interest Group of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) (Victoria)  for over two decades.  I was awarded  the 2013 AHRI Medal for services to the human resources sector.


I am ranked as one of  Australia's leading labour and employment lawyers by Chambers Asia-Pacific,  Best Lawyers, PLC Which Lawyer? and the Guide to the World's Leading Labour  and Employment Lawyers.


I am also a:


●      Member of Australian Human Resources Institute

●      Executive Committee of the Workplace Relations  Section, Law Institute of Victoria

●      Board member/Secretary Melbourne Writers Festival 2005-16·      


Personal Comment

I have a preference for resolving disputes  rather than engaging in unnecessary, technical and usually dissatisfying long  game litigation

Immediation Area(s) of Expertise

Employment,  industrial relations and discrimination (Awards, Discrimination, Employment,  Equal opportunity, Industrial action, Occupational Health and Safety,  Workers’ compensation)