Kristen Lopes, Partner, Colin Biggers & Paisley, Sydney
Kristen Lopes is a partner in the Employment and Safety team with expertise in employment, antidiscrimination and industrial relations law. She has experience in matters of both a litigious and non-litigious nature.
Kristen represents clients in a broad range of sectors including: education, healthcare, retail, insurance, manufacturing, transport, registered clubs, not for profit and religious.
In particular, Kristen has specific expertise working with independent schools and assists schools defend unfair dismissal and general protection applications, as well as, workplace bullying claims. Kristen also assists schools prepare employment contracts, manage staffing and return to work issues along with staff terminations and workplace restructures.
In May 2010 Kristen received her master of laws degree with first class honours from the University of Sydney, focusing on comparative employment law. She obtained the prize in advanced employment law in 2007 and was a finalist in the 2008 McCallum Medal Presentation Competition where she presented on workplace bullying.
Kristen was also a finalist in the 2013 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards for the Jacinta Fish Legal Mentor Award and was named as CBP's Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year in 2016.
Prior to being admitted as a solicitor in NSW, Kristen was called to the bar in Ontario Canada in 1995 and practised employment law as a partner in one of Canada's leading law firms until she relocated to Australia. Kristen joined CBP Lawyers in 2006.