Richard Gunningham

  • August 28th, 2020 at 10:37 am

Richard leads the employment, industrial relations and safety practice at Batch Mewing Lawyers, a specialist law firm.


Richard delivers practical and strategic solutions to employers ranging from day-to-day human resources issues to complex collective disputes and safety issues.

Working in house in “front line” workplace relations roles has given Richard the negotiating and advocacy skills he brings to his practice.  He delivers concise and practical advice.  Richard’s experience includes:

  • Resolving employment disputes prior to final hearing, attending conciliations and negotiating outcomes on a weekly basis.
  • Advising clients on award compliance and avoiding underpayment, including small businesses who may be covered by multiple Modern Awards.
  • Assisting clients with union relations.
  • Resolving multi-million dollar underpayment claims.
  • Defending unlawful discrimination claims and breach of privacy complaints.
  • Enforcing restraint of trade and confidentiality clauses and defending allegations of breach.

Richard comes from a family of small business owners and Batch Mewing is a small business that competes with big firms.

He is passionate about helping small businesses in the complex world of workplace relations and advocating for a simpler, better workplace relations system for small businesses.  He is proud of the pro-bono work he does for small businesses.

Why I wish to be part of the think tank

Small business is the lifeblood of the Australian economy.  I dedicate the pro bono work I do to small businesses and the SBAA gives me the opportunity to amplify that work.

The Australian workplace relations system is far too complex for small businesses.  I advocate for change for a better, simpler system for small businesses.

The think tank is a group of like-minded, passionate thinkers dedicated to making that happen, and I’m proud to be part of it.