Partner-in-Charge Perth

Perth + 61.8.6214.5720 Sídney + 61.2.8272.0500

Adam Salter is the Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Perth Office and also heads up the Labor & Employment Practice in Australia. He has more than 25 years of cross-border experience advising clients on labor and employment, benefits, M&A, outsourcing, and cybersecurity issues.

Adam regularly assists clients with drafting Australian employment contracts and policies (including equity and non-equity compensation plans) and provides advice regarding executive hiring and dismissal, statutory entitlements, industrial instruments (including Modern Awards and Enterprise Agreements), termination of employment, redundancy programs, drafting and enforcing post-employment restraints, secondments, personal data and privacy security, and transfer of business issues. He also regularly assists clients with statutory and contractual data privacy issues relating to the collection, disclosure, and protection of personal information and cybersecurity issues (including mandatory data breach notification requirements).

In addition to his labor and employment experience, Adam has more than a decade of dedicated experience advising clients on Australian and cross-border private treaty mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, joint ventures, strategic alliances, outsourcing, distribution, supply, licensing, and other general commercial contracts, with a particular focus on the information technology and electronic payment sectors. He has also assisted U.S., European, and other foreign multinationals in establishing operations in Australia.

Adam regularly presents at local and international labor and employment and cybersecurity conferences (including global labor relations conferences run by HR Policy Association and the Asia Pacific Employee Relations Group).


  • Multinational hospitality company seeks advice on executive departures in Asia Pacific regionJones Day assisted a major multinational hospitality company with executive level restructures and termination of employment.
  • KPMG Australia acquires Ferrier HodgsonJones Day advised KPMG Australia in its acquisition of Ferrier Hodgson, a leading independent restructuring, turnaround and insolvency firm in Australia.
  • Cardinal Health acquires leading patient product portfolio from Medtronic for $6.1 billionJones Day advised Cardinal Health on the acquisition of Medtronic's Patient Care, Deep Vein Thrombosis and Nutritional Insufficiency businesses for $6.1 billion in cash.
  • Government-owned investment company investigates allegations of inappropriate workplace conduct by senior employeeJones Day advised a government-owned investment company in relation to a confidential workplace investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior by a senior employee, including recommended disciplinary action.
  • Multinational technical, professional, and construction services firm participates in workplace investigation conducted by major Federal Government customerJones Day advised a multinational engineering services firm on the participation of its employees and contractors in a major Federal Government customer’s investigation into alleged workplace misconduct, conflict of interest, government procurement, and other probity issues on a major Government project.
  • Multinational professional services firm resolves dispute between senior partnersJones Day was retained by a multinational professional services firm to conduct a formal investigation after one of its senior partners in the Sydney Office made allegations of bullying and harassment against another senior partner.
  • International professional services firm obtains search orders to protect confidential information taken by its former employeeJones Day is advising a professional services firm on protecting confidential information taken by its former employee.
  • Orocobre merges with Galaxy Resources to form top five global lithium chemicals companyJones Day advised Orocobre Limited (Orocobre), an ASX and TSX-listed global lithium carbonate supplier with operations in Argentina, on its merger-of-equals with Galaxy Resources Limited (Galaxy), an ASX-listed global lithium company with operations in Australia, Argentina, and Canada, creating a top five global lithium chemicals company (by market capitalization).
  • Multinational software company carries out investigation into workplace bullying by two senior Australian employeesJones Day is advising a multinational software company in relation to allegations of workplace bullying against senior Australian employees, including overseeing the conduct of a third party workplace investigation and advising on subsequent disciplinary action.
  • Global medical devices company receives advice regarding performance management of employeeJones Day advised the Australian subsidiary of a multinational medical devices company on the protracted performance management and negotiated termination of employment of one of its employees, including drafting and negotiating a Deed of Release.
  • Multinational construction, property, and infrastructure company resolves non-solicitation dispute with joint venture partnerJones Day assisted a multinational construction, property, and infrastructure company in a dispute with its joint venture partner about the company's decision to offer employment to individuals who had previously been employees of the joint venture partner.
  • Multinational defense and logistics service provider receives advice on labor and employment strategy regarding Australian Federal Defence Outsourcing TendersGiven the heavily unionized public sector workforces and union collective agreements involved, Jones Day specifically advised on the labor and employment strategy for the transfer of existing employees to our client and the strategy for managing ongoing labor relations issues with the key trade unions.
  • Payless Shoes appoints voluntary administrators and enters into Deed of Company ArrangementJones Day acted for and advised the voluntary administrators appointed to Payless Shoes Pty Ltd, including in relation to a sale of business campaign, the wind-down of the company's operations including with respect to employee affairs and claims, the entry into a deed of company arrangement, investigations into potential claims, and associated court applications.
  • Government-owned international investment company defends allegations that it induced breaches of post-employment restraints by senior executiveJones Day advised a government-owned international investment company in relation to allegations that a senior executive breached post-employment contractual restraints owed to a former employer, and that it induced those breaches.
  • Financial services company receives advice on defection of employees to competitorsJones Day advised a financial services company regarding suspected breaches of non-solicitation and confidentiality obligations against a group of employees who resigned to work for competitors in Australia.
  • Government department receives advice on workplace bullying matterJones Day advised on and conducted a detailed investigation into workplace bullying allegations made against a senior executive in a government department by a senior manager, including conducting interviews and preparing a detailed report with recommended changes to policy and procedure to ensure ongoing compliance with industrial and workplace health and safety law.
  • Multinational manufacturer receives advice regarding termination of national HR directorJones Day advised the Australian subsidiary of a multinational refrigeration company on the termination of its Australian HR Director including drafting and negotiating a Deed of Release.
  • Multinational energy company enforces non-compete clause after senior executive leaves abruptly to set up competitorJones Day was instructed by a multinational energy company to enforce a non-compete post-employment restraint against one of its Australian senior executives who resigned in order to immediately work for a major international competitor commencing operations in Australia for the first time.
  • USG forms $1.6 billion plasterboard and ceilings joint venture with Boral Limited in Asia, Australia, and Middle EastJones Day advised USG Corporation in its formation of a strategic 50/50 $1.6 billion plasterboard and ceilings joint venture with Boral Limited in Asia, Australia, and the Middle East, known as USG Boral Building Products.
    • March 21, 2018
      University of NSW: Cyber-Security, Privacy and Big Data - Mandatory Data Breach Notification
    • November 15, 2017
      "The Continuing Discussion of ‘Who’s the Boss?’ – Joint Employer, Gig Economy, Independent Contractor and Supply Chain Issues Across the Globe," HR Policy Association Fall Global Labor Law Conference.
    • September 14, 2017
      Introduction to the GDPR - Top 10 Implementation Issues for Companies
    • March 16, 2017
      Restructuring and Termination of Employment
    • March 15, 2017
      Tips and Traps for Restructuring, Redundancy and Termination and Impact of Brexit on Global Labour Relations
    • August 18, 2016
      Tips and Pitfalls for Undertaking Investigations in the Employee Espionage and Bribery & Corruption Context
    • July 27-29, 2016
      HR Policy Association / APERG Global Labour Relations Certification, Asia Pacific Training Session
    • July 21, 2016
      The Changing Landscape of Cybersecurity: Data Breaches, Cross-border Data Transfers and Risk Management
    • September 8, 2015
      Human Resources Law Masterclass / Latest Developments in Labour and Employment Law in Australia
    • September 14-16, 2015
      HR Policy Association / Understanding the Global Labour Challenge Program / Labour Relations Hot Spots in Asia-Pacific
    • August 19-21, 2015
      APERG Labour Law Certification Program / Labour Relations Trends and Legal Challenges for Australian Employers
    • March 9, 2015
      Jones Day/ BEERG/ Australian Industry Group Emerging Trends in Asia-Pacific Labor Relations Full-Day Conference
    • October 29 -31, 2014
      HR Policy Association/ BEERG Understanding the Global Labour Challenge
    • September 22-24, 2014
      Policy Association/ APERG Global Labor Relations certification program, Asia Pacific Training Session
    • May 21-23, 2013
      HR Policy/ BEERG/ APERG Global Labor Relations Certification, Asia Pacific Training Session
    • February 19, 2013
      Labour Relations in the Asian Century
    • October 24-26, 2012
      BEERG Understanding Labor Relations in Asia
    • July 31 - August 2, 2012
      HR Policy/ BEERG/ APERG Global Labor Relations Certification, Asia Pacific Training Session
    • March 14 - 16, 2012
      HR Policy/ BEERG/ APERG Global Labor Relations Certification, Asia Pacific Training Session
    • October 6, 2011
      BEERG/ AiG/ IBM/ Jones Day Recent Developments in Global and Australian Workplace Relations Seminar
    • September 21-23, 2011
      HR Policy/ BEERG/ APERG Global Labor Relations Certification, Asia/ Pacific Training Session
    • June 7-8, 2011
      Australian Regulatory Environment and Establishing an Australian Online Electronic Payments Business, NACHA 2011 Global Payments Strategies Conference: Asia, Australia and the Americas
    • June 1, 2011
      Strategies and Considerations for Successful Global Employee Share Plans, GEO Sydney Chapter June 2011 Breakfast Meeting,
    • March 12, 2008
      Dealing with Employees when Buying or Selling a Business: Legalwise Business and Selling Businesses Conference
    • September 19, 2007
      Technology Joint Ventures, Legalwise Shareholder, Partnership and Joint Venture Agreements Conference
    • April 4, 2006
      System Performance: What are you buying?, IES Negotiating and Drafting Software/ IT Services Contracts Conference
    • March 28, 2006
      Copyright Infringement: Sony v Stevens - Statutory Interpretation and the Australia - United States Free Trade Agreement, College of Law Autumn Intensive
    • May 3, 2005
      System Performance, What are you buying?, IES Negotiating and Drafting Software/ IT Services Contracts Conference
    • July 30, 2004
      Drafting and Negotiating System Development Agreements, IBC IT Law for In-House Counsel Conference
    • June 23, 2004
      Examining Recent Competition and Consumer Protection Reforms regarding the Australian Retail Payments Sector, IIR Trade Practices and Competition Law Conference
    • February 2002
      Information Technology Outsourcing and ASPs, International Facilities Management Conference
    • June, November 2000
      Accessing Software Online – Application Service Provider Deals, IES Drafting Watertight IT Contracts Conference
    • May 2000
      Technology Joint Ventures – The Issues and Benefits in Forming an Alliance, IES Strategic Alliances Conference