Syvannah Harper

Solicitor

There is an inherent power imbalance in the working relationship and I am passionate about ensuring my clients are treated fairly, with their reputations protected

Syvannah Harper is a solicitor at Hall Payne, working in Sydney’s employment and industrial relations team. She completed her Bachelor of Laws at Southern Cross University and her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the College of Law.

Syvannah is an experienced advocate, having worked for the Health Services Union as an Industrial Officer before joining Hall Payne. She has represented employees, including union members and union officials, in relation to a broad range of industrial and employment issues including:

  • unfair dismissals;
  • discrimination;
  • adverse action complaints;
  • workplace investigations;
  • disciplinary proceedings; and
  • contract issues.

Syvannah is experienced in appearing before all courts and tribunals related to employment and industrial law, as well as negotiating out of court settlements.

“There is an inherent power imbalance in the working relationship and I am passionate about ensuring my clients are treated fairly, with their reputations protected.”

Syvannah has been involved in a number of important cases, including Supreme Court proceedings which found that casual employees at NSW Health are entitled to accrue long service leave. She also represented an employee before the Fair Work Commission, where she was successful in securing the employee's reinstatement and substantial back pay. 

Many of the cases Syvannah works on and the clients she works with continue to drive her passion for advancing the social, economic and political position of women. In her role as a member of the Unions NSW Women’s Committee, she represented the members of the Health Services Union (HSU) in its campaign, “We Won’t Wait”; the flight to secure 10 days paid domestic violence leave in the National Employment Standards.

Syvannah is on the management committee of the NSW Industrial Relations Committee. 

Recent Blogs by Syvannah

Can I secretly record meetings with my employer?

Can I secretly record meetings with my employer?

In Australia the legality of recording a conversation varies from State to State. Before you record anything, you need to understand the laws that apply to the State you live or work in.

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I've got a new job. What should I be looking out for in my employment contract?

I've got a new job. What should I be looking out for in my employment contract?

Starting a new job can be a daunting and exciting experience and it is easy to get caught up in the prospect of starting rather than focusing on your employment entitlements which underpin an employee’s employment.

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Are you a casual employee? You may not be according to this recent decision

Are you a casual employee? You may not be according to this recent decision

Debate is raging in Parliament, businesses, unions, households and in the media regarding current levels of workplace security. The union movement is strongly pursuing a campaign called ‘Change the Rules’…

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Is your boss a workplace bully?

Is your boss a workplace bully?

Do you ever feel like your boss is targeting you? Do you feel like you’re being treated unreasonably or unfairly? It is important to know the difference between what is…

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