Jack Longley


Jack specialises in employment law litigation and strategic advice, and has worked closely with large companies, SMEs and executive employees from both the private and public sectors.

Key areas of expertise includes termination of employment, redundancies, discrimination law, workplace investigations (including Crime and Corruption Commission investigations), underpayment claims, contract reviews, enterprise agreement disputes and consultation, and many other employment-related matters.

As a litigator, Jack has acted in a wide range of proceedings in various courts and tribunals, including the High Court of Australia, the Federal Courts, the Queensland Courts, the Fair Work Commission and the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.

A selection of Jack’s career highlights includes:

  • Acting in a test case before the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia and the High Court of Australia about the meaning of casual employee in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). This test case resulted in legislative change by Parliament to insert a new definition of casual employee into the Fair Work Act to provide greater clarification for employers.
  • Acting for a senior medical practitioner in the Supreme Court of Queensland to successfully overturn a series of suspension decisions, and to set aside portions of a health service investigation report which made several unsupported adverse findings against the practitioner. 
  • Advising and updating a national retailer’s contractual documentation for retail workers, including to ensure that there was compliance with legislative changes.
  • Acting for an Aboriginal Corporation and having an employee’s claim dismissed at an early juncture, with indemnity costs awarded in favour of the employer in a generally no-costs jurisdiction.

Jack has also previously spent many years advising clients at Caxton Legal Centre’s employment law clinic and being a management committee member with the LGBTI Legal Service Inc.


(07) 3839 8244

Connect on LinkedIn