Victoria Comino is a Special Counsel in our Workplace Relations group, with over 20 years of workplace relations experience across both legal and commercial practice.
Prior to admission to legal practice, she worked in employee relations and human resources in the finance, automotive, and local government sectors.
Following her admission to legal practice, Victoria’s experience includes providing advice to employers across a number of sectors, including manufacturing, finance, security, pharmaceutical, local government and hospitality sectors.
In particular, she has an interest in assisting employers facing litigation such as unfair dismissal and adverse action.
Victoria’s combined experience as a lawyer and senior human resources practitioner ensures her clients receive practical and commercial advice and support. She endeavours to provide prompt and uncomplicated guidance that allows her clients to make informed business decisions.
- Advising companies on a range of workplace relations and employment issues including performance management, termination of employment, managing absenteeism, employment contracts, and legislative compliance.
- Assisting companies to navigate the legal process when current or former employees file a complaint or claim, including conducting conciliation/mediation conferences and hearings.
- Acting for a financial services company in a Supreme Court of Victoria action against former employees for breach of confidentiality and post-employment restraint.
- Acting for a salary packaging provider, in the first general protections/discrimination claim heard in the Federal Magistrate Court after the controversial decision of the Full Bench of the Federal Court in Barclay, Bayford v Maxxia Pty Ltd (2011) FMCA 20.
- Acting for an employer in an unfair dismissal claim in Fair Work Australia and successfully appealing the finding on the basis of public interest, Sulemanovski v Aperio Group Australia Pty Ltd  FWA 9958, and Aperio Group (Australia) Pty Ltd v Sulemanovski  FWAFB 1436.
- Acting for a local government organisation that discovered drug dealing occurring at their workplace, including assisting with the management of the issue and the successful handling of the subsequent multiple unfair dismissal claims.
- Acting for a security organisation that discovered misconduct that breached its obligations to its clients.