Costa Brehas is a senior associate based in our Melbourne office. Costa heads our national EPL claims department within our Insurance and Health team, specialising in EPL claims. He has practised exclusively in the area of employment and workplace relations law for most of his legal career, with employment practices liability being the key area of his practice. Costa has experience acting for employers of all sizes, as well as principals, independent contractors and employees.
‘I have practised as a lawyer for almost 25 years. For most of my career, I have specialised in workplace relations and employment law. I’ve acted for employers of all sizes, as well as principals, independent contractors and employees. I’ve appeared in the Fair Work Commission, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, as well as Federal and county courts.’
Over the years, Costa has assisted clients with a broad range of employment issues, including:
- Unfair dismissals
- Adverse action (general protections applications)
- Unlawful discrimination
- Sexual harassment
- Breach of contract (including executive level contracts and restraints)
- Underpayment of wages and entitlements
- Transfers of business and redundancy
- Independent contracting (including sham contracting).
At Barry.Nilsson., Costa specialises in employment practices liability (EPL) claims.
‘My pragmatic and commercial approach to employment disputes, along with my extensive experience as a workplace relations lawyer, place me in a unique position to provide highly strategic advice in EPL matters. I’m fascinated by workplace relations because most people define themselves by the work they do and, obviously, work plays a huge part in our lives. As a result, when relationships break down in the workplace, it is easy for disputes to arise and the impact of those disputes can be far reaching. I enjoy the many challenges that come with working on EPL claims, especially when I can use my experience as an employment lawyer and mediator to help achieve excellent outcomes for my clients.’
Costa has a Baccaluareus Procurationis (B Proc) (the equivalent of a Bachelor of Laws) from the University of the Witwatersand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria.
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