Senior Associate

Daniel Bean

Daniel Bean

Senior Associate


Legal secretary: Stella Michels

+61 3 8600 8825

Daniel advises on all aspects of employment and industrial relations law, with a particular focus on employment disputes and litigation. He assists a wide range of clients, including employers and employees, start-ups to medium-size businesses, and not-for-profits, from various industries, including hospitality, retail and wholesale, manufacturing, health services, aged-care, property and government, and other service-based businesses.

Daniel has extensive experience drafting and advising on employee contracts, policies, awards, and flexible workplace agreements, as well as advising on unfair dismissal, general protections, discrimination, joint venture agreements, dissolution of companies, and contract dispute negotiations. He is an experienced litigator and a skilled negotiator, and regularly appears across all civil jurisdictions, including conciliation and hearings at the Fair Work Commission, mediations, conferences and hearings at the Federal Court and the Federal Circuit Court, discrimination and sub-contractor disputes at VCAT, and matters in the Magistrates’ Court Industrial Division.

Client focused and outcome driven, Daniel takes a pragmatic approach to his work. He is a strong communicator, providing clients with a solid understanding of their matters throughout the process, combined with excellent risk analysis, advocacy and advice. Whether it be litigation, alternative dispute resolution, or settlement; the advice is tailored according to the matter.

Prior to joining the firm, Daniel was Principal Lawyer at Heaney Lawyers specialising in civil litigation and employment law advising and representing small and medium sized businesses, and employers and employees. He also worked at the Springvale Monash Legal Service holding various positions since 2013, with the most recent being Managing Lawyer of the general practice of the service, encompassing civil litigation and employment law teams.

Daniel was admitted to practice in March 2013 in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Laws from Victoria University, and is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, Industrial Relations Society of Victoria and Southern Solicitors Group.

Areas of practice

Employment and workplace relations

  • Directors liabilities
  • Discrimination and bullying claims
  • Employers liability and indemnity advice
  • Employment contracts
  • Employment-related litigation
  • Enterprise agreements
  • Fair Work Ombudsman investigations
  • Human resources policies
  • Modern awards and pay rates
  • Redundancy and terminations
  • Restraint of trade
  • Scam contracting allegations
  • Sexual harassment
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Union disputes

Employment litigation

  • Fair Work Commission conciliation and hearings
  • Federal Court and the Federal Circuit Court mediations, conferences and hearings
  • VCAT discrimination and sub-contractor disputes
  • Magistrates’ Court Industrial Division
  • Appeals

Professional memberships

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Industrial Relations Society of Victoria
  • Southern Solicitors Group

Admitted to practice

  • March 2013 — Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia