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Starr Brenton

Starr Brenton


Starr’s practice covers general employment matters, with particular emphasis on litigious matters.  



Starr assists clients in a broad range of employment and industrial relations matters, both in a litigious and general advisory context.  

Starr has a strong ability to manage litigation in Australian courts and tribunals, including all aspects of discovery, pleadings, evidence preparation, case strategy, alternative dispute resolution, hearings and settlements.

Starr has particular expertise on whistleblower issues including in relation to regulatory and employer investigations, employee claims and developing policies. She has assisted clients to find and implement practical solutions in these circumstances. 

Starr has a range of experience assisting clients to navigate strategic and high-profile litigation in superior courts across Australia.

In particular, Starr advised in a landmark whistleblower litigation in the Federal Court and, through this experience, has developed a practical and clear understanding of stakeholder management.

Starr is also able to assist clients to navigate a range of general employment and HR issues – including in relation to regulators and parliamentary inquiries. 

Starr is able to provide training to clients on all aspects of the employment lifecycle and whistleblower issues. 

Starr's experience includes:

  • acted for one of Australia’s top four banks in complex litigation in the Federal Court of Australia brought under the ‘whistleblower’ provisions in the Life Insurance Act 1995 (Cth)
  • acted for an international mining and explosives company in proceedings brought in the Federal Court of Australia alleging breaches of the ‘general protections’ provision in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and various implied terms in the applicant’s employment contract
  • acted for Jetstar in relation to a dispute regarding the application of the Jetstar Airways Pilots’ Enterprise Agreement. See Albouni v Jetstar Airways Limited [2017] FWC 2268
  • acted for a client regarding transfer of business and employment issues related to its acquisition of a real estate company. Also provided a range of advice regarding bullying allegations, performance and disciplinary issues, use of contractors, modern awards, statutory entitlements, and dismissal risks
  • advised one of Australia’s top four banks in relation to its participation in the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services’ inquiry into the life insurance industry



Starr is admitted as a solicitor of the High Court of Australia, the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Victoria.

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