Helen McKenzie


Helen McKenzie
CEW Member

Ashurst Australia
Senior Consultant

Helen McKenzie is the Australian deputy managing partner and a partner in the employment group in Sydney.

Helen was appointed deputy managing partner in October 2008. She has been a partner in the employment group for over 15 years and for the last three years served as practice leader of that group.

In addition to her role as deputy managing partner, Helen maintains a legal practice.

Helen is one of Australia's leading employment lawyers with extensive experience in industrial arrangements, the management of industrial action, contracts, awards and agreements, outsourcing, executive remuneration and benefits and discrimination. An important focus of Helen's practice is working with clients on the development of workplace strategies to help major business restructure and implement workplace change. Helen is widely regarded as an expert on employment issues in the airline industry and "understands the relationship aspect of the business", according to clients – Chambers Global, 2011.

In addition to her client work, Helen held numerous leadership roles in the firm including Sydney staff partner, a role she has held for over eight years. As staff partner, Helen was actively involved in the recruitment, coaching and mentoring of young lawyers. She is particularly passionate about the development of women in the workplace and has been a major contributor to the firm's EEO policies.

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