David Bates


David Bates is an Executive Counsel & Team Leader working across all of the Firm’s practice areas. Prior to his appointment in August 2017, David was the Managing Director of a leading, online, subscription-based employment relations service where he provided a wide range of strategic, practical and plain-English advice to Australian business owners and operators.

David gained his BA (Government) from the University of Queensland in 1998 before going on to complete a Law degree, with Honours, in 2001. He began his career working for a large, blue-collar union before moving to Canada and then the United Kingdom, where he was employed by both the Commission for Racial Equality and its successor, the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission.

David routinely represents parties in Fair Work-related proceedings and is available to assist clients with all aspects of employment law-related compliance and best-practice. David is also an accomplished and highly sought-after public speaker who facilitates dynamic, informative and highly interactive workshops on all aspects of Australian employment law.


24 July 2018: “Coffee with Switzer”, Switzer Daily
In this interview with Peter Switzer, David Bates provides small business owners with helpful workplace relations legal tips.

24 October 2017: Sky News Business Switzer Program
Sexual harassment in light of the # Metoo campaign

David Bates speaks with Paul Rickard about  what employers need to do prevent and respond to inappropriate behaviour and sexual harassment in the workplace.

21 November 2017: Sky News Business Switzer Program          When it comes to celebrating within the workplace there are some things employees and employers need to know about.
In this  interview, David Bates joins Peter Switzer, of the Switzer program on Sky News Business, to discuss how to avoid holiday party HR disasters.