Our Team

Nicole Cini


I have worked in employ­ment rela­tions and human resources for over ten years, most recent­ly as an employ­ment lawyer both in-house and in pri­vate prac­tice. This expe­ri­ence has pro­vid­ed me with a strong under­stand­ing of client needs and an abil­i­ty to resolve dis­putes in a for­ward think­ing man­ner in the con­text of the employ­ment rela­tion­ship as a whole. I under­stand the impor­tance of resolv­ing mat­ters with a prac­ti­cal and results dri­ven approach, while being a strong advo­cate for my client. My expe­ri­ence includes com­plex indus­tri­al rela­tions mat­ters, dis­pute res­o­lu­tion, trans­ac­tion­al, and advi­so­ry work for both gov­ern­ment, non for prof­it, and pri­vate com­pa­nies as well as indi­vid­ual clients. I have exten­sive expe­ri­ence work­ing in a unionised work­place, pro­vid­ing strate­gic advice and con­duct­ing com­plex work­place inves­ti­ga­tions, both in Aus­tralia and in Canada.


  • Pro­vid­ed com­plex trans­fer of busi­ness advice to a gov­ern­ment client under­tak­ing tran­si­tion to a statu­to­ry authority
  • Work­ing as an employ­ment rela­tions spe­cial­ist in Toron­to, Cana­da with­in the Ontario employ­ment law and indus­tri­al rela­tions environment
  • Advis­ing board mem­bers on com­plex employ­ment law and human resources mat­ters includ­ing men­tal health in the work­place, sex­u­al harass­ment and discrimination
  • Con­duct­ing com­plex work­place inves­ti­ga­tions involv­ing fraud, drug relat­ed crim­i­nal charges, and sex­u­al harassment
  • Suc­cess­ful­ly man­ag­ing exit nego­ti­a­tions, per­for­mance man­age­ment and post-employ­ment conduct
  • Work­ing close­ly with human resources and man­agers as an in-house lawyer to suc­cess­ful­ly resolve sen­si­tive disputes
  • Pro­vid­ing strate­gic advice, draft­ing and nego­ti­at­ing enter­prise agreements
  • Reg­u­lar­ly per­forms tutor­ing and aca­d­e­m­ic research for the Uni­ver­si­ty of Syd­ney Busi­ness School and con­tributes to aca­d­e­m­ic publications
  • Author of Wright, Chris F; Clib­born, Stephen; Piper, Nico­la; Cini, Nicole. 2016. Eco­nom­ic migra­tion and Aus­tralia in the 21st cen­tu­ry. Lowy Insti­tute For Inter­na­tion­al Policy.


  • Employ­ment Law
  • Dis­crim­i­na­tion
  • Indus­tri­al Rela­tions includ­ing Enter­prise Bargaining

Roles, Memberships & Education

  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW
  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Sydney)
  • Juris Doctor (UTS), including a research thesis on civil penalties in FWO underpayment prosecutions
  • Currently completing a Master of Philosophy University of Sydney, examining the regulation of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces
  • Member of the Law Society of NSW
  • Member of the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association