• Christie Howson
    Christie Howson Solicitor Director - Employment & Litigation

    Christie completed her tertiary education here at the University of Newcastle before she commenced employment for four years with a National commercial and insurance firm. She then worked for a large Newcastle based local firm, primarily practising in the areas of employment law and commercial litigation.

    Christie brings a wealth of experience to Osborn Law in the constantly changing and ever challenging area of employment law. Christie has practised extensively in this area and some of the work that she has performed involved the following:

    •  • Drafting industrial documentation including common law employment contracts, subcontractor agreements and enterprise agreements for a large mining contractor
    • • Advising on compliance with workplace laws and in particular, the Fair Work Act 2009 and Modern Award compliance for a fitness industry employer
    • • Advising on terminating a problem employee for an engineering employer without the need for the dispute to be litigated before Fair Work Australia
    • • Appearing at a Fair Work Australia Conciliation on behalf of a client who allegedly unfairly dismissed an employee and negotiating an outcome at Conciliation
    • • Assisting an engineering client who bought a business to understand the legal obligations of transferring employees
    • • Advising a construction client on restraint of trade issues when a senior manager resigned and attempted to poach clients

     

    In addition to the employment law work, Christie manages major commercial litigation disputes, particularly those in the Supreme Court of NSW but also in the District and Local Courts and the Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal. Some of the work that Christie has performed involved the following:

    • • Acting on a partnership dispute in the Supreme Court of NSW (Equity Division)
    • • Acting in a commercial building dispute in the Supreme Court of NSW (Technology and Construction List)
    • • Acting for a residential builder in a dispute before the CTTT including the advocacy work
    • • Acting for a commercial plumbing client to recover invoices issued pursuant to the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 1999 before the Magistrate in the Local Court and obtaining an order for indemnity costs from the other party

    In her spare time, Christie enjoys taking trips to the Hunter Valley vineyards and catching up with friends and family.