Our Team

Richard Ottley

Employment and workplace relations, Franchising, Commercial, Transport & Logistics

Richard Ottley has a particular focus on franchising and employment law. He qualified as a solicitor in 1983. After extensive experience in the United Kingdom and Australia, Richard joined Swaab Attorneys in 1997. Richard is also a Notary Public and qualified mediator.

At Swaab Attorneys, Richard Ottley is part of the firm's commercial practice.  He has established the franchising operations for 3 national franchisors. He advises franchisees in relation to their franchise agreements and associated collateral documentation. He also regularly advises in relation to defamation issues. His employment law practice consists of drafting employment agreements and contractor agreements, advising on award coverage, statutory entitlements and the rights and obligations of both employees and employers including under the Fair Work Act, and whether restraint of trade clauses are enforceable.  He also advises in connection with disciplining and termination of employees including unfair dismissal claims, claims for adverse action and discrimination based claims.

  • Employment Law
  • Franchising
  • Commercial law
  • Defamation
Leadership roles
  • Notary Public having been admitted in 2006
  • Member of LEADR having qualified as a mediator in 2003
  • Co-chair of the Medical Technology Association of Australia Code Complaints Committee
+61 2 9233 5544
Association Memberships
  • 2015 - Finalist Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards
  • 2015 - Finalist Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards - Employee program of the year
  • 2014 - Finalist ALPMA Thought Leadership Award
  • 2012 - Ranked 34th Best Place to Work in Australia