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As a full service employment law firm exclusively for employees, Jewell Hancock Employment Lawyers can assist with any workplace issue facing an employee.

Unlike other firms, we don’t act for employers, we don’t have any union affiliations and we don’t perform work in other practice areas – our only focus is to provide independent, affordable and expert advice to workers. With over two decades of combined experience, our Melbourne-based employment lawyers have already assisted thousands of employees to achieve fair and practical outcomes in the workplace.

The firm was recently recognised as a Leading Employment Law Firm (Employee & Trade Union Representation) – Victoria, 2023 by Doyle’s Guide and in both the Australian and Australasian Law Awards for our expertise and abilities in employment and workplace relations.

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We can assist with:


If you have been dismissed within the last 21 days and were employed for at least six months you may be eligible to make an unfair dismissal claim.


If adverse action (including dismissal) has been taken against you for a prohibited reason, you may be eligible to make a general protections claim.


Employment contracts may contain clauses that favour the employer or unfairly restrict what you can do both during and after the employment.


If you have been bullied or harassed at work, we can assist you in preparing a formal complaint to your employer and can support you through any investigation process.


This can include your entitlement to notice and redundancy pay under the NES or a more favourable entitlement under the terms of your employment contract.


There are many different ways to make a claim for workplace discrimination in Victoria including under State or Commonwealth legislation.


An underpayment arises when an employer does not pay an employee their correct entitlements under a contract, enterprise agreement or award.


Sham contracting describes a situation where an employee is incorrectly treated as an independent contractor, thus missing out on entitlements.


I was referred to Andrew Jewell for help with a difficult employment issue faced by a family member. Andrew’s assistance was exceptional. Through the process he showed compassion and integrity – while navigating the legal challenges with an impressively detailed knowledge. Andrew’s negotiating skill and his efficiency were first rate. I”d recommend him without hesitation.

- Brian Robinson -

Outstanding professionalism, communication and practical advice. Trent was a pleasure to work with, providing reliable and pragmatic advice to my matter. The resolution was optimal and prompt. I would highly recommend having Trent working on your side.

- Emily M. -

I Would highly recommend Jewell Hancock for your legal needs.
Trent was great to deal with very professional and was always very prompt with replies and advice.
Great effort guys.

- David Healy -

Very happy with the outcome Trent achieved representing me in an employment related issue. Trent’s knowledge and expertise were instrumental in achieving a great result in a short period of time. Trent was forthright and straightforward from the very beginning. Highly recommended!

- Pauline -

I would highly recommend JewellHancock employment lawyers. Trent has done an outstanding Job in resolving my matter and making sure that I got the best outcome in short period of time.

Outstanding job and Thanks again Trent.

- Mohamed H. Ali -

I was recommended to Andrew Jewell from a close friend and mentor. I can honestly say that Andrew has very strong ethical standards about his approach and his honesty is second to none. Andrew is very empathic and he really cares what he does for his clients. He’s extremely knowledgeable about employment law and both my friend and I had successful outcomes with Andrew. I couldn’t recommend a better person than Andrew to handle your employment issues. You don’t need to look any further, he is the best you’ll get. Thank you Andrew for all you have done.

- Ozark Burns -

Don’t hesitate – contact these lawyers to assist with any employment matter. Highly professional, and make you feel at ease. Have a knack for explaining complex matters very easily. Will put up the best fight to get you the best result. I’ve had the pleasure of having lawyer Andrew on my side. His confidence and knowledge is superior. I received outstanding results.

- Youla -

Andrew Jewell, the principal Lawyer, is an exceptional legal professional. He has assisted me with some employment law matters His expertise, professionalism, care and advocacy for my legal matter meant it was resolved with a great result. I highly recommend the services of Jewell Hancock Employment Lawyers and Andrew Jewell.

- Merilyn S -

I dealt with Trent recently and he was nothing but professional! He had my needs and wants at heart and really cared. I can’t express how professional Trent was and just how dedicated he was to meet my requirements. Such a caring, kind man who really was on my side and proved it when he fought for me. I would refer Trent to anyone needing employment law advice, he is just the guy you need, and I’m sure he will support you!

- Jessica Robee -

I am extremely happy with our service from Trent. Not only was our case resolved successfully but throughout the entire process we were given constant, clear communication and good honest advice. Trent’s professionalism and care with our case is very appreciated and will not be forgotten. I can confidently recommend this law firm.

- Chrystal Grbin -