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Team Members

Ashleigh Fanning

As an associate in Cooper Grace Ward’s workplace relations and safety team, Ashleigh provides advice to clients on all labour and employment matters.

Ashleigh assists clients in various industries on all aspects of labour and employment law, including unfair dismissal, adverse action and discrimination claims, restraint of trade, bargaining agreements and employee misconduct.

Ashleigh brings five years’ experience in the legal profession and has particular experience in assisting religious organisations and private schools in employment and employment-related matters.

  • Bachelor of Laws – Bond University
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice – The College of Law
  • Solicitor – Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia
  • Deputy President – Queensland Law Society Future Leaders Committee
  • Member – Queensland Law Society
  • Non Executive Director – Nambour Christian College
  • Advising clients in relation to workplace relations, including managing ill or injured staff, termination of employees and disciplinary matters
  • Advising and representing clients in unfair dismissal and adverse action claims
  • Advising employers on workers’ compensation and WHS matters
  • Drafting workplace procedures and policies, and drafting employment contracts
  • Assisting with and conducting workplace investigations into allegations of employee misconduct
  • Representing clients in all state and federal courts, commissions and tribunals

Areas of Expertise


Qantas’ adverse action appeal grounded following landmark High Court decision

The High Court of Australia’s decision in Qantas Airways Limited v Transport Workers Union of Australia provides more certainty regarding the application of adverse action in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Qld).

$380,000 fine for harmful work culture serves as reminder to protect employee mental wellbeing

A $380,000 fine for Court Services Victoria demonstrates the consequences for employers who do not take steps to ensure their workplaces are conducive to the mental health of employees.

New sexual harassment obligations for employers under the Respect@Work Act: a positive and proactive approach

As a result of the recommendations in the Respect@Work report released by the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2020, Australia’s sexual harassment laws have undergone significant change, with the most recent amendment having taken effect from December 2023.