Melanie Morris


Melanie is a director at Gilshenan and Luton and practices in the area of employment law, administrative law and occupational disciplinary law. Prior to practicing in these areas, Melanie also practiced in criminal law and misconduct law.

Melanie represents clients in all aspects of employment law including:

  • Unfair dismissal
  • Disciplinary matters
  • Redundancy
  • Discrimination
  • Workplace bullying
  • Contract disputes
  • Restraint of trade
  • Award breaches
  • Adverse action
  • General protections

Melanie has a particular interest in occupational disciplinary law and regularly represents a variety of clients employed in professional occupations to respond to disciplinary allegations by their regulatory bodies. Her clients include members of the health profession, legal profession, teachers and police officers to name but a few.

Melanie has presented to the legal profession on various topics. She is a member of the Queensland Law Society’s Occupational Discipline Committee which meets regularly to review and comment on law and policy affecting professionals or occupations with a regulatory body. Melanie is also a member of:

  • The Medico-Legal Society; and
  • The Women Lawyer Association of Queensland.

Melanie is married and has two young children. Outside her work, her interests include music, art and tennis.

Recent articles by Melanie

Employee suspension – when can it be done?

Employee suspension – when can it be done?

Often, employers feel the need to remove an employee from the workplace. In these situations, proper processes for employee suspension must be followed to avoid allegations of breach of the employment contract and/or applications for general protection orders.
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The difference between workplace bullying and reasonable management action

Difference between workplace bullying and reasonable management action

This article explores the primary differences between workplace bullying by an employer and reasonable management action carried out in a reasonable way.
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Long term sick leave consequences for your employment

Can I be terminated due to long term sick leave?

Your rights to paid and unpaid sick leave and the consequences a long-term absence from work due to illness may have on your employment.
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Human rights in Australia

Human rights in Australia

Human rights are a basic set of rights and freedoms available to everyone. We look at the differences between the Federal and State laws and your options if your human rights are breached.
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