Megan Bowe

Position

Partner and Solicitor

Industry Focus

Education

FCB Workplace Law

Megan is a partner and solicitor with FCB Workplace Law. Based in our Sydney office, she acts for employers in a wide range of industries, including education, manufacturing, retail, health and aged care, and security and infrastructure services. She has special expertise in the education sector and is currently the lead Sydney partner in our education industry group.

‘I began my career in the financial services industry where I specialised in providing taxation and superannuation advice for high-net-worth individuals. In order to provide advice to employers on their superannuation obligations, I had to delve into the complexities of employment and industrial relations law. I was fascinated, and I soon found myself specialising in workplace relations law.’

At FCB Workplace Law, Megan specialises in:

  • Drafting employment contracts and policies
  • Negotiating and drafting enterprise agreements
  • Interpreting awards and contracts
  • Terminating employment as a result of disciplinary processes and/or redundancy
  • Advising on discrimination, harassment and bullying complaints
  • Assisting with workplace health and safety issues (including WorkSafe NSW investigations and prosecutions relating to complex workplace injuries and fatalities)
  • Responding to Fair Work Ombudsman investigations
  • Advising on post-employment restraint issues
  • Representing clients in unfair dismissal cases, general protections claims, industrial disputes and enterprise agreements.

‘The relationship between employer and employee is very personal. When advising a client, I always take the time to get an in-depth understanding of how that relationship operates. I also encourage clients to tell me as much as possible about their business so that the legal advice I provide not only ensures compliance with the regulatory framework but it also helps the client achieve their commercial objectives.’

Megan’s special interest in education has led to her working on a wide variety of matters for clients operating in the sector, including:

  • Acting and advising in complex litigation, including general protections and compliance proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia
  • Negotiating and drafting enterprise agreements
  • Drafting employment contracts and policies
  • Devising dismissal strategies
  • Facilitating training programs for clients, including presentations to executive-level management teams.

‘I think the characteristic that distinguishes FCB Group from other firms is that we always provide our clients with legal advice that takes into account the employer’s broader strategic objectives. We don’t simply provide advice that is technically correct yet devoid of any other consideration. Our legal analytical skills are very highly developed but we also look at problems from a number of perspectives and then formulate workplace relations solutions that are tailored to each client’s particular needs.’

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Laws (Macquarie University)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) (Macquarie University)
  • Master of Employment and Labour Relations Law (University of Melbourne)

Awards:

  • Recipient of the John Madden Exhibition for Employment Contract Law 2013 (Joint) (awarded for equal first place in Employment Contract Law at Melbourne University as part of the Master of Employment and Labour Relations Law)