Sharlene Wellard


Highly regarded employment practitioner, Sharlene Wellard, joined Meridian’s Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety team in July 2014.

Sharlene has extensive experience providing strategic advice and advocacy in all areas of industrial law, employment, discrimination, workplace health and safety and managing workplace change.

Clients say that Sharlene “is a pleasure to work with, she is highly knowledgeable and provides sound, practical advice” and has the ability to take a complex legal problem and identify a workable and effective solution – one of those people who identifies an issue or a solution that everyone else may have missed.”

Sharlene values her strong client relationships. She gets in the trenches with her clients defending unfair dismissal, general protections, discrimination, breach of contract claims and other litigated matters. By providing day-to-day sounding board advice, enterprise bargaining advice and representation, policy and employment contract drafting, purchase and sale of business advice, performance management and termination advice and enforcement of post-employment restraints, Sharlene partners with her clients to provide advice in all stages of the business life-cycle.

Sharlene is the immediate past president of the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association and the president of the Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales.

Before joining Meridian, Sharlene was a partner with Piper Alderman almost four years, a partner at Australian Business Lawyers where she worked for 11 years, and prior to that industrial officer with the Restaurant and Catering Association.

May 2, 2018

INSIGHT: Unfair Dismissal claims under fixed term contracts

In order to be eligible to bring an Unfair Dismissal claim against an employer, an employee must, among other things, have been dismissed at the employer’s initiative. Historically, employees engaged on a term contract were generally not eligible to make an Unfair Dismissal claim as the contract ended due to the effluxion of time rather […]

Nov 14, 2017

INSIGHT: Increased Powers of the Fair Work Ombudsman – Is your Business Vulnerable?

New legislation has recently been introduced which was sparked by the discovery of a number of large organisations found to have engaged in systematic underpayments and exploitation of workers. The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 provides the Fair Work Ombudsman with greater investigative and enforcement powers, introduces penalties for providing false or […]