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Mark Curran

Principal Lawyer, Brisbane

Mark is a Principal Lawyer in DWF's Employment, Safety and Regulatory team, and is based in our Brisbane office.
Mark Curran | DWF Australia


Mark has over 25 years’ experience as a lawyer, and has specialised in employment law for much of his career. He spends most of his time helping employers resolve problems associated with their workforce. He has appeared as an advocate in hearings before the Fair Work Commission, both at first instance and on appeal.

Mark’s areas of particular expertise include:

  • Implementing enterprise agreements, employment contracts and consultancy contracts.
  • Effecting change in workplaces through restructures, mergers, and termination of employment generally.
  • Advising on employee misconduct, performance management, management of ill and injured workers and employee entitlements.
  • Defending unfair dismissal claims, general protections and discrimination applications, breach of contract proceedings, and prosecutions for non-compliance with the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). 

In his spare time, Mark enjoys spending time with his family.


  • Included in the Best Lawyers Australia list for Employee Benefits Law, 2021
  • Included in the Best Lawyers Australia list for Labour and Employment Law, 2021
  • Leading Lawyer, Labour and Employment, Asia Law 2018 & 2017
  • Recommended by Doyle's Guide as a Leading Workplace Health & Safety Lawyer, Brisbane, 2016


  • Australian Human Resources Institute
  • Queensland Industrial Relations Society  
  • Queensland Law Society
  • Advisor, Advisory Board Centre


  • Employee who failed to provide negative COVID-19 test did not abandon employment. December 2020.
  • Managerial Prerogative Rules OK. September 2019.
  • The Casual Matrix. June 2019.
  • Why employers should update their casual employment contracts. February 2019.
  • What's in a Relationship? Legal Perspectives on Office romances. July 2018.
  • Rights of ostensible casuals increasing. May 2018.
  • What are reasonable adjustments? Australian employment law case study. November 2017.
  • Author, “Australian Commercial Precedents: Employment Agreements” (Published by Thomson Reuters).
  • Contributor, “National Workplace Relations” and “Lawyer’s Practice Manuals” in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia. Published by Thomson Reuters.